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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.hallie gregoryGregory

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.

Gregory was critical in the creation of a women’s bowling program at the institution. Just two years into the program’s existence he hired MEAC Hall of Fame and two-time National Coach of the Year Sharon Brummell. That hire was instrumental as the Hawks went on to win a national title in 2008 and 2011 under her leadership.

Gregory also hired former track and field and cross-country coach Ernest Barrett, who went on to win seven MEAC championships as the head coach of the Outdoor Track and Field, Indoor Track and Field and Cross Country squads.

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. In the fall of 2002, he ushered in soccer as the ninth sport offered for women. In the 2001-02 season, Delaware State won its first MEAC women’s indoor track and field championship since 1986, as well as winning MEAC regular season divisional titles in baseball and softball. The Hornets won the MEAC regular season divisional baseball title, while the women’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament in his first year.

In the fall of 2002, he ushered in soccer as the ninth sport offered for women. In the 2001-02 season, Delaware State won its first MEAC women’s indoor track and field championship since 1986, as well as winning MEAC regular season divisional titles in baseball and softball. The Hornets won the MEAC regular season divisional baseball title, while the women’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament in his first year.

Gregory remained a fixture on the Eastern Shore after leaving Delaware State. He served as athletic director at Holly Grove Christian School from 2006 to 2014 where he also worked as a physical education teacher with the middle school and launched and coached the school’s track team as well as helping with other sports.

No details are available on services at this time.

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