MEAC Mourns Loss of Former Athletic Director Gregory
NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 18, 2017 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) mourns the loss of Dr. Hallie Gregory, the former Director of Athletics at Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State, who passed away on Sunday. He was 78.
“We offer our condolences not only to Dr. Gregory’s family, but also to his friends and colleagues from Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State, and around the world,” MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas said. “Dr. Gregory was a visionary who laid the foundation for success at both institutions, and his legacy is still felt in the MEAC.”
Dr. Gregory served as Director of Athletics at Maryland Eastern Shore from 1989-2000 and at Delaware State from 2000-03. While at Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Gregory assisted with the addition of bowling, soccer and tennis programs at the school, while also overseeing 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 and others were very instrumental in adding women’s bowling as a championship sport in the MEAC. Furthermore, he hired Sharon Brummell to coach the Maryland Eastern Shore bowling team, which went on to win multiple MEAC and NCAA national championships.
At Delaware State, Dr. Gregory implemented 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 2002, he ushered in women’s soccer. In the 2001-02 season, Delaware State won its first MEAC women’s indoor track & 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.
Dr. Gregory was inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2015.