After 34 years of faithful service to the University of Mary Washington, Dana Hall, the Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director, has announced her retirement, effective at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
"During her long and renowned career as both a coach and administrator, Dana has had a positive and lasting impact on countless student-athletes, coaches, staff and the University at large that, will be felt for years to come", said Director of Athletics Patrick Catullo. "She will be remembered for her contributions to the success of our athletic department and small college athletics."
"I am incredibly grateful to Dr Edward Hegmann, Jr, for giving me the opportunity to work at Mary Washington for the past 34 years", said Hall. "My career as an assistant coach, head coach, faculty and administrator gave me the opportunity to work with hundreds of young men and women in the classroom and competitive arena. I will always cherish the relationships and friendships formed during my career at Mary Washington."
Hall was promoted to the full-time administrative role of Senior Associate Director of Athletics in 2013, where among her accomplishments were the introduction of the sport management minor, which now thrives, as well as her success as the director of the men's and women's golf programs for the past two years. Prior to the full-time move into administration, Hall coached the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams simultaneously for 21 years, and women's lacrosse for 23 seasons.
Hall was an assistant athletic director in addition to her coaching duties from 1998–2013 where she was in charge of student-athlete educational and community engagement programs, SAAC, and other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director.
Hall has designed and implemented numerous new programs for the athletic department in 2014; including a student-athlete leadership academy, assistant coach monthly professional development seminars, and monthly head coach round table discussions on hot topics in coaching.
Since taking over the field hockey and lacrosse programs at UMW in the fall of 1990, Hall's teams received bids to 18 NCAA Championship Tournaments (10 in lacrosse and 8 in Field Hockey) and advanced to three Final Four Championships (1993 Field Hockey, 2001 Women's Lacrosse & 2002 Women's Lacrosse). Hall has collected over the years numerous coaching honors; the most prestigious being named the 2001 NCAA Division III National Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year by 360Lacrosse.com, and the National Coach of the Year in field hockey in 1993 by the NFHCA. With a career lacrosse coaching record of 260-149 and a career field hockey coaching record of 276-126-3, Hall won 536 games as a collegiate coach, with a career winning percentage of .663 over a 23-year coaching career at Mary Washington. In addition, Hall coached field hockey and women's lacrosse at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.
Professionally, Hall has served on countless NCAA Regional and National selection and All-American selection committees for both field hockey and women's lacrosse. She has also served the University of Mary Washington over her tenure as a member of the university budget committee, the Presidential Academic Task Force committee, and numerous selection committees for new positions.
A multi-sport athlete at Frostburg State University, Hall earned all-state honors in field hockey and lacrosse, as well as playing basketball and track & field for the Bobcats. An associate professor of health and physical education, Hall is a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of six. She resides in Spotsylvania, Va.