Calder Knows Scott Is "Tough Act to Follow" New athletic director replaces legend who won 7 lacross titles By Dennis O'Shea The first words out of Tom Calder's mouth after Bob Scott introduced him as the new Johns Hopkins director of athletics were right to the point: That's a hard act to follow." Calder knows he's drawn a tough assignment. Starting July 1, he succeeds the legendary "Scotty," a man who has sat in the Hopkins AD's chair for 21 years and who--in more than 46 years at the university--won seven national championships in lacrosse, coached 42 first-team all-Americans, and built a highly competitive athletic program with 27 men's, women's and co-ed varsity teams. "If Scotty wanted to run for governor, it'd be a close election," Calder said. "He's left everything in place. ... We're just going to take off from where he's taken us." As far as Scott is concerned, there's no one he'd rather have pick up where he leaves off. He said he knew that from the beginning and is grateful that, after a national search, Homewood student affairs dean Larry Benedict and a search committee led by dean of students Susan Boswell agreed with him. "Tom has achieved wonderful things wherever he has been," Scott said of Calder, whom he brought to Hopkins seven years ago as associate director. "I just couldn't be happier or feel better about where we are right now with Tom as the new athletic director." Calder, a 1975 Hofstra graduate, was team captain and a two-time lacrosse all-American there and played on coaching legend Howdy Myers' final lacrosse and football squads. Coincidentally, Scott, a 1952 Hopkins graduate, was a member of the final football squad of Myers' pre-Hofstra tenure at Homewood. After coaching at Roanoke College and earning a master's in sports adminstration at Ohio University, Calder became assistant ticket manager and then assistant director of games operations at the University of North Carolina, where he was also a lacrosse assistant under Hopkins alumnus Willie Scroggs. He later served as a legislative assistant at the NCAA and assistant director of athletics at Bloomsburg University, before joining the Hopkins athletic department in 1988. Calder, 41, said he aims to continue building the Hopkins athletic program into the best in the nation among highly selective, similarly sized schools in NCAA Division III, the non-scholarship level at which the university competes in all sports except men's lacrosse. He said he also wants to build exposure for Hopkins teams, athletes and coaches, in the news media, around the university and in athletic circles. Calder also said he will continue to press to raise funds for a new recreation center, a facility that would benefit all faculty, staff and students, not just intercollegiate teams. Scott, he said, will remain with the university on a part-time basis after his retirement to help in the area of athletic alumni relations. "You're only as good as your staff, and Scotty got us the right coaching staff and the right administrative staff," Calder said. "I just have to keep things going in the right direction."
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