Calder to replace Scott as Johns Hopkins AD

January 17, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Tom Calder realizes his task is formidable -- follow a man who long ago became a campus institution. But Calder, who was introduced yesterday as the new athletic director at Johns Hopkins, is eager to continue the work begun two decades ago by his boss.

Calder, 41, will replace Bob Scott on July 1, after Scott retires following 46 years of service at Hopkins, the last 21 years as athletic director.

"I've been in college athletics for over 20 years, and this is one of the happiest days of my life. I have no reservations about this," said Calder, who has been the associate athletic director at Hopkins since 1988.

"It settles a lot of things in my life and in my mind. Me, my wife and my twins are going to become permanent Baltimoreans," he added. "You're only as good as the staff around you, and Scotty has gotten the right people, the right coaches and administrators. He's put all the right players in place. I've just got to keep the whole thing moving in the same direction."

Calder inherits a program that has come a long way under Scott. The school sponsors 27 varsity sports, including 13 men's teams, 12 women's teams and two co-ed teams. Primarily a Division III program, Hopkins also features a nationally prominent Division I men's lacrosse team. In recent years, the school also has challenged for national honors in baseball, men's basketball, men's fencing, field hockey, women's lacrosse, men's soccer and men's and women's swimming.

A native of Baldwin, N.Y., Calder earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics in 1975 at Hofstra, where he was a two-time All-America in lacrosse and also starred in football. After earning a master's degree in sports administration at Ohio University in 1978, Calder spent six years in various administrative jobs in the athletic department at North Carolina, where he also was an assistant men's lacrosse coach.

Calder left Chapel Hill in 1984 to become a legislative assistant at the NCAA in Overland Park, Kansas. There, he played an active role in developing NCAA legislation concerning recruiting. He then moved on to Bloomsburg (Pa.), where he was assistant athletic director for two years before coming to Johns Hopkins.

Calder was chosen after a three-month, national search by the school.

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