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New ULM Interim Athletic Director talks about the state of ULM Athletics

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MONROE, La.— Seth Hall, chief strategy officer at the University of Louisiana Monroe, has been named the institution’s interim athletic director, effective September 1, pending the approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

“Over the past few years, AD Scott McDonald has positioned our athletic programs to be competitive on and off the field,” said ULM President Ron Berry. “He has developed a strong leadership team, head coaching staff, and a culture that supports student-athlete success. Replacing him will not be an easy task, but the foundation he built should serve us and the next AD well. While we complete our search, we are very fortunate that Seth Hall, a former ULM athlete and outstanding leader, has agreed to take on the challenge of serving as Interim Athletic Director. Seth’s experience and abilities, coupled with his dedication to ULM and to serving others, will provide stable leadership for our athletic programs and a smooth transition when our new athletic director is selected. We look forward to great things for our Warhawks under Seth’s interim leadership.”

Hall is a graduate of West Monroe High School and was a member of the ULM cross country and track and field teams. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2010 and his MBA in 2013, both from ULM. He formerly served as ULM’s director of high school recruitment, coordinator of orientation and special programs, and operations manager for the College of Business and Social Sciences. During the spring 2015 semester, Hall served as an assistant track and field coach, where he coached all mid-distance and distance runners and oversaw the recruitment of student-athletes in those disciplines.

In his current role as chief strategy officer, Hall has assisted with the development of ULM’s institutional strategic plan as well as the ULM athletic strategic plan.

“I am honored to serve in the role as interim athletic director at ULM,” said Hall. “I have enjoyed working closely with Scott McDonald and the athletics department the past 10 months as we have developed a strategic plan for athletics that will be published in the near future, and I look forward to helping execute those plans. As a former ULM student-athlete, I am most looking forward to pouring into our Warhawks and working to set each of them up for success in the classroom, on the field of play, and ultimately in life after athletics.”

ULM will launch a national search for its next director of athletics with the hope of having a formal hire by January 2023.

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.