MARSHALL CROPPER NAMED UMES HEAD MEN'S GOLF COACH
Hawk alum Marshall Cropper will take the helm of the UMES men's golf team for the 2012-13 season.
Hawk alum Marshall Cropper will take the helm of the UMES men's golf team for the 2012-13 season.

Aug. 21, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- UMES athletic director Keith Davidson has announced that Marshall Cropper is the new head coach of the Hawks men's golf program.

Cropper takes over for Jamila Johnson, who will remain in Princess Anne to work with the UMES Golf Academy and the PGM Program as the Academic Services Coordinator.

"Marshall has done a great deal for this institution and the athletic department," says Davidson, "Jamila did an excellent job guiding the men's golf program through its relaunch, and Marshall will help continue the success the team has shown on and off the golf course.

Cropper, a Hawk alum and member of the UMES Athletics Hall of Fame, currently serves as the coordinator of the UMES Golf Academy and has held that post since 2004. He manages the day-to-day operations of the academy, including regulating the outdoor driving range, indoor facilities and maintenance equipment for the Academy. He also plans fundraiser activities, including the annual UMES Art Shell Celebrity Golf Tournament, which has been held at many luxurious golf courses along the Eastern Shore.

"I am honored to be taking over the men's golf program at UMES," says Cropper, "Many great kids have come through the PGA Golf Management Program, and I am happy to be able to help student-athletes that play competitive golf and perform well in the classroom."

Cropper graduated from UMES (then Maryland State College) in 1967 with a degree in physical education after playing as a double-sport athlete in Princess Anne. He played tight end for the football team, earning All-CIAA honors in 1966, and also played on the baseball team at first base and right field. He earned his Master's Degree in 1975 from National Graduate University and was inducted into the UMES Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982.

Last season, under the tutelage of Coach Johnson, the UMES men's golf was named a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team, one of just 37 Division I schools to earn the honor each of the past two seasons. The team has the highest grade point average of all men's athletic teams at UMES and has a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate.