Campus Recreation






Dr. Michael Vienna

Title: Director of Athletics and Recreation
Phone: 410-548-3503
College: Mount Union


Dr. Michael Vienna has been at Salisbury University since 1989. He was appointed director of Athletics on May 1, 1993, after previously serving as the University's associate director of Athletics. In 2003, he added duties as the director of the University's Campus Recreation program which provides recreational opportunities for over 7,500 students, plus faculty and staff. Since becoming its athletics director, Salisbury has finished in the top 25 (out of over 435 institutions) for eight of the 13 years that the Directors' Cup has been in existence. This award is presented annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics programs by division based upon success in post-season national tournaments.

During Vienna's tenure, the athletics program arguably has had the most successful era in school history. Sea Gull teams have combined for an overall winning percentage of 69 percent, garnering 11 national championships, seven national second place finishes, 113 conference championships and nine conference All-Sports awards. Every varsity sport has been represented at a national tournament during this time, and the program has produced 250 All-Americans.

Most importantly has been the academic success of Salisbury's student-athletes. Annually over 50 percent of Salisbury's student-athletes have earned grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Sea Gull teams often rank among the leaders in national team grade point averages and have produced numerous academic All-Americans. When Sea Gull student-athletes are compared to the rest of the University's student body, student-athletes perform as well or better in many important academic categories. The most impressive academic achievement has been that student-athletes have had a significantly higher graduation rate than the rest of the Salisbury University student body and this is noteworthy as Salisbury consistently has the best graduation rate in the entire University System of Maryland.

The athletics program also has seen vast capital improvements, significant staffing increases and the addition of four varsity sports during Vienna's tenure. Facility improvements have included two new soccer fields; Maggs Physical Activities Center addition; acquisition of the indoor tennis center, a new weight room and office space; new scoreboards at all athletics venues; and most recently, the new artificial turf field and lights at Sea Gull Stadium. Vienna has also spearheaded the renovation of five additional outdoor fields, the Maggs Physical Activities Center main gym and weight rooms, outdoor running track, the swimming pool, and both the outdoor and indoor tennis courts. In 2008, he was selected to help manage and run the new University Fitness Club, located next to the SU Indoor Tennis Courts.

At Salisbury, Vienna established the Varsity Club as a comprehensive fundraising organization to support Sea Gull Athletics. He initiated and has taught the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and helped the institution secure a $30,000 NCAA Choices grant. He has also served as both the interim vice president for student affairs, the acting University judicial administrator and an adjunct professor.

A member of the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics (NACDA) since 1985, Vienna has served 24 years as a college athletics administrator. He has been a member of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators since 1996 and currently serves on its national executive board. He served as president and vice president of the Capital Athletic Conference from 1997-2001 and has been the conference treasurer since 2004. He is past secretary/treasurer of the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, of which he has been a member since 1989.

Vienna has been a member of the Athletic Central Football Conference Board of Directors since 1998, serving as its treasurer since 2001. He has been a member of the Athletic Management magazine editorial board since 1997. He also has served on several committees including the NCAA national committee for men's soccer and NCAA regional committee for men's basketball.

He has published several articles on sport management and made numerous professional presentations. He has been awarded the 2007 NACDA Athletic Director of the Year for Division III's southeast region, the Wicomico County Tourism Person of the Year and the Salisbury University Presidential Appreciation Award.

In addition to working at Salisbury University, he has experience as a head basketball and golf coach and athletic director at the two-year college level, assistant soccer coach at both the Division I and III levels, a physical education instructor, worked in the front office of the Cleveland Force of the Professional Indoor Soccer League, interned and worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, and worked both in the sporting goods and health club industries.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Mount Union College and his master's and Ph.D. from Kent State University. At Mount Union he was a four-year starter on the soccer team where he earned all-conference, all-state, team MVP and team captain accolades.

A native of Belfast, NY, Vienna is a member of the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife Janine have two grown daughters, Ashley and Jacquelyn.