FREDERICK, Md. - Following a national search, Susan Kolb, Ph.D. has been named the new director of athletics at Hood College. She will begin her duties July 1, 2018.
"Susan Kolb is a great fit for Hood College athletics," said Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D. "Her leadership skills and experience with student academic support will strengthen our program and enable our student-athletes to succeed on and off the field of play."
Kolb will replace Tom Dickman, who will retire June 30, after a 15-year career at Hood.
"I am grateful to President Chapdelaine and the members of the search committee for their confidence in me," said Kolb. "I am honored to become the next director of athletics at Hood College and am looking forward to building upon the success and traditions that Tom Dickman leaves as he enters retirement."
Kolb arrives in Frederick after spending the past four years as the academic advisor for student-athletes at the University of South Carolina Upstate, a NCAA Division I athletic program in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During her time there, she served on the senior athletic administration staff, administered academic policies to increase academic achievement and retention, and oversaw career and life skill programs for student-athletes. She also co-wrote NCAA grants, organized basketball promotions and took part in fundraising initiatives.
Prior to joining the Spartans, Kolb was an academic coordinator at George Mason University, serving as an academic advisor and as a liaison between the athletic department and the faculty.
Before moving into administration full-time, Kolb was both a head coach and administrator at Eastern Mennonite, a Division III university in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She began her stint at EMU as head coach of the women's soccer program and held the position, 2011-14. Four months into her stint with the Royals, she was promoted to assistant athletic director of student-athlete well-being. A year later, she took on the role as senior woman administrator. As a coach, she built the soccer program into a winning team with an-above-.500 record in three years. As an administrator, she oversaw academics, graduate assistants and helped with student-athlete programming.
Kolb got her start as an assistant coach at Bluffton University, a Division III school in Ohio. She also played semi-pro soccer in 2010 for the Charlotte Eagles.
She was a four-year letter winner on the women's soccer team at Davis & Elkins, a Division II program in Elkins, West Virginia. Kolb earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from D&E in 2009 in elementary education. She went on to earn a master's degree in instructional leadership at Bluffton. Kolb completed her doctorate in athletic administration from Northcentral University in March 2018.