Carroll University Announces New Athletic Director

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 9/6/2018

Categories: Athletics Faculty and Staff


Jim Hall headshot

Following an extensive national search, Carroll University has selected Jim Hall to assume the role of athletic director of its 22-sport, NCAA Division III program. Hall brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to the role, with an impressive record of leadership, both on and off the field of competition. He most recently served as director of athletics and recreation at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. Hall will join Carroll in mid-October.

“The depth and breadth of Jim’s professional accomplishments distinguish his career and position him well to help us take Carroll University’s NCAA Division III program to the next level,” said Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, president of Carroll University. “His commitment to inspiring high levels of both academic and athletic achievement align with the values we prioritize for our student athletes at Carroll.”  

As director of athletics and recreation at Spring Hill College, Hall provided strategic vision, leadership and supervision for 16 NCAA Division II sports, six club sports and 40 coaches and administrators serving more than 400 student-athletes. He was responsible for initiating, planning and leading the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II membership. Hall also optimized the athletic scholarship model, resulting in a renaissance of competitive success. This includes five consecutive conference regular season first place finishes for volleyball, as well as three consecutive conference regular season first place finishes, one conference tournament championship and one National Championship Runner-Up finish for softball. Overall, the department winning percentage improved by 25 percent over six years. 

“I’m honored and thrilled to join the Carroll University community. This is an exciting time to be a part of Pioneer athletics and to continue our forward momentum within the CCIW,” said Hall.  “I’m eager to work with Carroll’s talented and passionate student athletes, coaches, staff, faculty and alumni to create a premier athletic experience for the entire community as part of the University’s strategic vision for the future.”

Prior to serving at Spring Hill College, Hall was director of athletics and recreation at the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, MT. In addition to providing leadership for 13 NAIA sports programs, he served as a faculty member in physical education and sponsored the creation of a health and human performance major. Over the course of more than two decades, Hall has held a variety of roles building in scope and responsibility with institutions of higher education across the U.S. He holds professional memberships in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association (DII ADA). 

Hall has an M.S. Ed. in Health and Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College. He and his wife, Rachel, along with their four children, Joshua, Samuel, Maggie, and Emma, are looking forward to their move to Waukesha and becoming Pioneers.

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