Waddell accepts new position at Arkansas
Update: Towson released a statement around 6 p.m. on Monday announcing Waddell’s departure.
“In a relatively short amount of time, Mike Waddell began an impressive transformation of Towson University’s NCAA Division I Intercollegiate athletics program,” University President Maravene Loeschke said in the statement.
Waddell will officially step down from his position on June 4, according the statement, and an interim director of athletics has not been announced.
However, the statement said a search for a new permanent AD will begin immediately.
Towson University Director of Athletics Mike Waddell has accepted a new position at the University of Arkansas as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, according to the Arkansas Athletic Department.
Waddell leaves Towson after serving as Director of Athletics for just under three years.
“I am excited to join the Arkansas Razorback Family and to work with the outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff at the University of Arkansas,” Waddell said in a statement to Arkansas. “The opportunity to work with a program that has a rich, long-standing tradition and for an athletics director in Jeff Long who has proven to be one of the most innovative and proactive in all of college athletics is something that I am eager to engage.”
Waddell could not be reached for comment as of Monday evening.
“Michael is a tremendous addition to our administrative team and will provide Razorback Athletics an informed perspective to help our program capitalize on the valuable exposure opportunities we will have moving forward,” Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said in a release on Monday.
Despite bringing Towson six Colonial Athletic Association Championships in his tenure, Waddell had recently come under fire when it was announced the school would be cutting the men’s soccer and baseball programs.
While an agreement was reached with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to keeping funding the baseball team for an extra season, men’s soccer was still cut.
The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.