Hiram College Director of Athletics Tom Mulligan has announced that he will retire Sept. 1 after 11 years leading the department. Hiram officials will promote Associate Director of Athletics Ellen Dempsey to the AD position.
Mulligan came to Hiram in 2002 and has led the department through a period of consistent growth in terms of number of student athletes, competitiveness within the North Coast Athletic Conference & NCAA Div. III and in fundraising support for athletics. In Mulligan’s tenure, Hiram teams have won conference championships in volleyball and softball and finished in the top four in the NCAC in men’s soccer and men’s basketball. Mulligan’s advocacy for athletics has led to facility enhancements including construction of the Myrtis Herndon softball field, installation of lights and turf on the Charles A. Henry field and renovation of the main athletic locker room space in the Coleman Sports Center. Mulligan’s contributions include the development of a graduate assistant program and Hiram adding men’s and women’s lacrosse programs in 2012.
“Tom has worked tirelessly to build an athletic program which attracts and retains student athletes,” said Tim Bryan, Hiram’s Chief of Staff. “He has hired and mentored a very strong group of coaches and has been the driving force behind lifting our athletic program to a position where we consistently compete with the best of the NCAC. Tom is an impressive ambassador for Hiram College Athletics to all of our constituent groups.”
Dempsey has worked closely with Mulligan for the past decade as Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and Head Volleyball Coach. She served as volleyball coach for 11 years and is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 267-113 record. Her teams qualified for the NCAC tournament 11 consecutive years and the NCAA Div. III National Tournament on four occasions. Prior to her appointment at Hiram in 2001, Ellen served asAssistant to the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine in Orono. Previously, she was the Head Volleyball Coach at Ohio University where her team won a school record 86 matches from 1994-1999.
“Ellen is a seasoned athletic administrator who already enjoys the respect of the Hiram coaching staff, the Hiram community and officials from the NCAC and NCAA,” said Bryan. “She is a proven entity on our campus and I look forward to the contributions she will make in her new role.”