Spartan athletics to change leadership
LANGLEY, British Columbia. – Trinity Western University announced this afternoon that after a lengthy tenure, Murray Hall will step down as the director of athletics for the TWU Spartans.
“In the process of implementing a new strategic approach, we have asked Murray Hall to step down from his position as director for Spartan Athletics and work with me as we transition to new leadership,” said Blair Whitmarsh, TWU’s dean of human kinetics. “Murray has been a dedicated member of our community for 32 years and the leader of Spartan Athletics for most that time. He has led the department through many difficult challenges of growth. In particular, he guided us through the transition from competing in the college league to becoming one of the best university athletic programs in the CIS. We are very thankful for his efforts over the years.”
During his time as head of the Spartans, Hall saw TWU’s athletics department grow from a minor program in the British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA) to a prominent program in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The Spartans, who entered CIS competition in 1999–2000, have earned nine CIS national championships, 28 CIS championship medals, and 47 Canada West championship medals. This past season, seven of their 10 programs ranked in the CIS Top Ten.
In the past, Hall has been involved with CIS on the national level, representing TWU as CIS VP of research and development and serving on the CIS AFA committee.
He is also a two-time winner of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Athletic Director of the Year (ADOY), winning in the international Category in 2010 and 2002.
Trinity Western University will begin an immediate search for a new director of athletics.