WILMINGTON, DE – Chris Morgan, who has served as director of athletics at Goldey-Beacom College since 1999, is leaving the school to assume the same post at Kean University. Chuck Hammond, in his eighth year as the assistant director of athletics for facilities and men’s basketball Head Coach, has been announced as the school’s new director of athletics.
Morgan came to Goldey-Beacom College in 1999 and guided the athletic department through a transformation from a four-team NAIA school into a 10-team NCAA Division II institution. During his time at GBC, the athletic department saw unprecedented success while all ten teams transitioned into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Among the many athletic accomplishments in his tenure are seven CACC championships and thirteen NCAA regional tournament appearances.
The men’s golf team has flourished from the time Morgan assumed the position, winning three CACC Championships and a Super Regional Championship in 2005-06. The Lightning golf program has qualified for NCAA regional tournament play the past nine straight years, and it boasts a recent U.S. Open qualifier in Michael Tobiason, Jr.
Also on the rise is the Lightning women’s tennis program, which Morgan first established in 2005. Morgan was able to bring in one of the premier tennis coaches in the area in Joe Kissel, and the program has prospered ever since. The Lightning have reached the CACC Finals and advanced to the NCAA regional tournament in each of the last two seasons, and Kissel has twice been named the CACC Coach of the Year.
Morgan is also credited with hiring two of the conference’s finest basketball coaches in Jen Carleton and Chuck Hammond. Carleton, now entering her fifth year at GBC, guided the women’s basketball program to new heights in 2010-11 as the Lightning claimed the school’s first CACC basketball tournament Championship and NCAA regional tournament berth. Hammond has turned a once fledgling men’s basketball program into a CACC powerhouse. In eight seasons as a head coach at GBC, he has amassed over 100 wins, an ECAC Championship (2006-07), five consecutive CACC playoff appearances, two consecutive CACC Finals appearances and a CACC Coach of the Year award in 2005-06.
With these athletic successes under Morgan’s direction, his commitment to academic success has never ceased. Morgan established an institutional policy that required GBC student-athletes to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average (more stringent than the actual NCAA policy that requires a 2.0), and as a result, the average student-athlete GPA has been over a 3.0 every year since Morgan arrived.
A Wilmington, DE native, Morgan has also served on numerous NCAA regional and national sport committees, as well as the vice-president of the CACC. In the spring of 2011, he was appointed to serve for the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee. He also served as head women’s soccer coach at GBC from 1999-2003. His teams made four consecutive postseason appearances.
Hammond has served as Assistant AD for eight years, and in that time, he has served many different roles within the athletic department. Along with his head basketball coaching duties, a Blackwood, N.J. native has been the coordinator for athletic facilities, scheduling and the student-athlete “Table Study” program.
College spokesman, Vice President Gary L. Wirt, praised both Morgan and Hammond. “Chris has built us a strong, competitive program, while establishing strong academic standards for our athletes. He will be leaving behind many friends and fond colleagues. We are delighted, though, to have such talent in Chuck Hammond who assume the post — we are certain he can build on this fine legacy through his wealth of experience. Chuck is very much a can-do and will-do guy.”
A Philadelphia University alum with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Hammond went on to earn a master’s in Education from Temple University in 2002. At Temple, Hammond specialized in sports psychology and focused on anxiety and the recruiting process.
His men’s basketball teams earned CACC Team Sportsmanship Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and Hammond earned CACC Coach of the Year in 2005-06. An active contributor in the community, Hammond earned a “2006-07 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” award for his contributions off the court.
Hammond, who currently teaches a sports management course at GBC, said that serving in an athletic director role has been a life-long dream.
“I welcome the challenge of building upon the tradition of success established here at Goldey-Beacom by Chris Morgan. I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated staff of the college’s athletic department.”