Norcross, Ga. – The Southern States Athletic Conference Board of Directors Chairman Mark Foley has announced the unanimous selection of Mike Hall as Commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference. Hall has spent the past 19 years as the Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
“I am very pleased that Mike Hall is joining the SSAC as its new commissioner. Mike brings a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to the conference. I look forward to working with him both as a member of the council of presidents and as chairman of the board. I anticipate continued strengthening of our conference and the NAIA under Mike's leadership,” said Board of Directors Chairman Mark Foley
“I am very humbled and honored to be selected as the next Commissioner of the SSAC. It is an exciting opportunity to work with student-athletes, coaches, administrators and Presidents in growing the SSAC and continuing the fine work of Dr. Kurt Patberg. I hope to use my years of experience to enhance the opportunities for each conference member and to make a positive difference in the future development of the SSAC,” said Commissioner Hall
Hall comes to the SSAC with over twenty-eight years of experience in private and public higher education administration, including teaching, coaching, budget management, academics, compliance, personnel management, marketing, strategic planning, fundraising, and community relations.
During his time as the Director of Athletics at USC Upstate, Hall helped the Spartans transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. Among his other notable achievements was overseeing more than $10 million in facility and infrastructure improvements, including the Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex which includes County University Soccer Stadium and five practice fields, Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park, Cyrill Softball Stadium and a 12-court tennis complex. He spearheaded the $2 million construction of the athletic offices. His tenure also saw the $4 million renovation of the Hodge Center and expansion of the Performance Center.
Hall also helped increase the playing opportunities for a number of student-athletes by adding the sports of women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s track & field to the athletic department, growing the program from 11 sports to 17 now competing on the NCAA Division I level. Under his leadership, Upstate hosted several NCAA and conference championships, including the 1995 and 1998 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship Final Four, 1995 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, 1998 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball South Atlantic Regional Championships, and numerous A-Sun and Peach Belt Conference championships.