Spring Hill College President E. Joseph Lee, II announced today that Joe Niland has accepted the position of Athletic Director for the College. He will begin his career back on The Hill on June 1.
Niland joins Spring Hill after an impressive 20 years at University of Mobile where he was Head Coach for their men’s basketball team. He also served as Athletic Director for 11 years, overseeing 18 varsity athletics programs. As Head Coach, he had 347 career wins with University of Mobile and is 474-339 overall in his 26 total seasons as a head coach. Niland led the Rams to five NAIA National Tournament appearances, advancing to the Final Four in 2004.
Niland previously served Spring Hill as men’s basketball Head Coach from 1993 to 1999, where he was 127-60 overall. He was also Dean of Students for two years of that time. “I know Joe will serve our Athletics Department, student-athletes and campus community well and he shares our excitement to continue our NCAA Division II success,” said President Lee.
Spring Hill College Athletics officially entered their first season of NCAA Division II play in September 2018 and are wrapping up their inaugural year with conference championships and multiple All-American accolades. Spring Hill is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and also holds affiliate membership in the Gulf South Conference (GSC) in the sports of men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s golf.