PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland
Former University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Director Dr. Hallie Gregory passed away on Sunday (Sept. 17) in Salisbury, Maryland. He was 78.
A member of both the Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Hall of Fame and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, Gregory was the Hawks Athletic Director from 1989-2000.
Responsible for the planning and building of the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, Gregory advanced the program into a facility that today still stands as one of the jewels of the conference.
In his tenure with The Shore, Gregory was instrumental in the addition of bowling, soccer and tennis, while also overseeing MEAC championships in women’s outdoor track and field (1992), men’s cross country (1995), and men’s indoor track and field (1996-97).
“Dr. Gregory was an innovator and a forward thinker, who was concerned about the welfare of student athletes with preparing our student athletes for the future,” Hawk Athletics Director Keith Davidson said. “He was a man of integrity and fair play. He was a respected and accomplished figure in the industry of intercollegiate athletics.”
After his tenure at UMES, Dr. Gregory continued his success at another MEAC institution, Delaware State University, from 2000-2003. He was instrumental in developing long-term strategies for each of the Hornets’ 17 sports, placing special emphasis on affirming the university’s commitment to provide equal opportunities for all student-athletes.