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Thursday, January 03, 2002

Hall promoted to Athletic Director

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Jon Mark Hall was introduced as the new Athletic Director at the University of Southern Indiana during the bi-annual faculty/staff meeting on January 2. Hall becomes the second full-time athletic director in the history of the program.

USI President H. Ray Hoops, in announcing the promotion, said University officials were pleased with the range of candidates who applied for the post, but were proud to elevate someone from within. “Jon Mark has a proven track record in all areas of the USI Athletic Department,” noted President Hoops. “He will continue the excellence and high standards established by Steve Newton the past seven years.”

Hall will finish the 2001-02 season as head men’s tennis coach, but will step down in June. He also will begin an immediate search for an assistant athletic director.

The native of Murray, Kentucky, has been with USI for seven years as the assistant athletic director under Steve Newton. Hall was the assistant administrator for internal affairs, oversaw budgets and game management operations, and was the compliance coordinator as the assistant athletic director and the men’s tennis head coach.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity Dr. Hoops and the University of Southern Indiana have given me,” said Hall. “The staff will continue to strive to become the best Division II athletic program in the country. We have a fantastic coaching and support staff in place and this staff will be very visible in the Evansville community.

“This program will be run in a way that will make this community proud, while keeping the institution and the student-athletes at the forefront of every decision,” continued Hall. “The experience a student-athlete receives while participating is invaluable and we will make sure that our staff maximizes every opportunity to teach student-athletes how to become strong leaders and good citizens.”

In addition to his duties as assistant athletic director, Hall has taken the men’s tennis program to the next level as its head coach.

In Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s tennis, no one has done it better than Hall. He was named the GLVC Coach of the Year in four of the last five seasons, directed the Eagles to the GLVC regular season title in three of the last four years, and the GLVC Tournament title the last three springs.

In 2000 and 2001, Hall’s Eagles received the program’s only invitations to the NCAA Division II Tournament in the 27-year history of the program. Hall’s Eagles have won 42 of 55 dual matches the last two years, including a 34-match winning streak in GLVC matches. USI was 20-6, 9-0 GLVC in 2000 and a USI record-tying 22-7, 8-1 GLVC in 2001.

Hall came to USI after a tenure at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg as an assistant athletic director, where he was the NCAA compliance coordinator, oversaw the academic support service program for student athletes, and coordinated the Athletes Can Educate (ACE) program. He also assisted in fund-raising and promotion activities.

A 1990 cum laude graduate of Murray State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Hall was on the tennis team for two seasons, earning Academic All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 1987. Hall received his master's degree in sports administration from Ohio State University in 1992.

Hall and his wife Patti reside in Evansville and have a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Mary Claire.

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