TOWSON, Md. - Sally Baum, who has served as the head women's tennis coach at Goucher College for the last 35 seasons, will retire from the position effective immediately. Baum will now transition into an administrative position within the department, taking over as the full-time Associate Athletics Director.
Baum, who took over the Gophers women's tennis program in 1982, concludes an incredible career as head coach, as she finishes her career with 295 victories.
"I am looking forward to being able to help coaches and staff in the athletic department by picking up some of the administrative oversight, planning and event details that pop up day to day in the world of college athletics," said Baum "I hope this will give people more time to focus on their professional priorities and future plans for their offices and programs that in the end will make us stronger overall.
"I will, however, miss coaching women's tennis very, very much. I absolutely loved my days on-court and not being out there every day will be the most difficult part of this transition for me. I have confidence that the players will step up and carry on the things we were able to establish as a team and that they will continue in their own growth and success together."
"I'm incredibly grateful to Sally for jumping into this new position with us," said interim Director of Athletics Andrew Wu. "She has always been a strong, positive presence in the Goucher community, and will be instrumental in moving our department forward. I'm excited for Sally to have the opportunity to impact the college in new ways and look forward to continuing our work together."
As the Associate Athletics Director, Baum will be in charge of day-to-day logistics of the athletics department, as well as game day operations, special events, the management of indoor facilities, and compliance. Baum will also coordinate student-athlete programming, and serve as the Senior Women's Administrator (SWA) for the department, as well.
In her 35 years as the women's tennis coach, Baum was selected as a conference Coach of the Year 4 times, the most of any coach at Goucher in athletic department history. She had three conference Players of the Year and two conference Rookies of the Year along with numerous first and second team conference selections in both the Capital and Landmark Conferences.
Her teams twice earned the number one seed in the postseason tournament and twice reached the championship match as well as earning playoff berths as a top 4 seed in other seasons.
Thirteen of her teams won at least 10 matches in a year and the 1986-1987 squad still holds the single-season school record with 18 victories.
Off the court, a number of Baum's teams and players received All-Academic recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, as well as on the conference level from both the CAC and the Landmark Conferences.
In 1991 Baum was inducted into the Slippery Rock University Athletics Hall of Fame for her career as an outstanding player in field hockey, softball, and lacrosse. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education and her master's degree in Education from Slippery Rock, located in western Pennsylvania.
Baum, a native of Maryland, resides with her husband Michael in Fallston, Maryland.
A nationwide search to find a new women's tennis head coach at Goucher College will begin over the next few weeks.