Calder leads an athletics program that is one of the most successful in the nation. Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 40 in the Directors’ Cup Standings in each of the last 19 years while winning numerous Centennial Conference and ECAC Championships. Johns Hopkins placed a program-best second in the 2014-15 Directors’ Cup standings – the fifth straight top 10 finish for the Hopkins Blue & Black. JHU student-athletes have also earned numerous NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, Academic All-America, All-America and all-conference honors.
While it’s easy to focus on Johns Hopkins’ remarkable record of success during Calder’s tenure as Director of Athletics, he has also worked tirelessly to provide each team with the facilities necessary to compete at the highest level.
The completion of a new baseball facility, Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium (July, 2014), a new tennis facility (March, 2015) and the Cordish Lacrosse Center (August, 2012), a state-of-the-art building that houses the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, are the latest in a long line of facility developments that have been completed during his tenure. The $10 million Cordish Lacrosse Center includes locker rooms, coaches offices, team meeting rooms, hospitality space, an athletic training room, a study room and more, while Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium provides Johns Hopkins’ nationally-recognized baseball program one of the top on-campus playing facilities in the nation.
Other recent facility enhancements include the opening of the Wall-O’Mahoney Student Athlete Lounge (2012), the installation of a $1 million video board at Homewood Field (2011), the construction of a full competition track and field complex (2009), the renovation of the main lobby of the Newton White Athletic Center to include display cases and recognition areas for each of Johns Hopkins’ 24 athletic teams (2009-10) and the opening of the O’Connor Recreation Center (2002).
Calder arrived at Hopkins in 1988 as the Associate Director of Athletics and served seven years in that capacity. During his tenure he has had extensive experience in all areas of the program, including facility management, games operations, NCAA compliance, athletic communications and budget management.
A native of Baldwin, NY, Calder attended Hofstra University and earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics in 1975. While at Hofstra he was a standout in football and lacrosse. Calder was a team captain and two-time All-America pick in lacrosse, receiving honorable mention status as a junior and second team honors as a senior. In football, he set then school records with 76 punts for 2,835 yards (37.3 yards per punt) as a senior. That year he also led the team in receiving with 49 receptions for 581 yards and five touchdowns. After a coaching stint on the lacrosse staff at Roanoke College, Calder earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1978. He moved on to the University of North Carolina, where he was involved in several areas of the athletics program. Calder spent four years as the assistant ticket manager at UNC before assuming the duties of assistant director of games operations. He also served as an assistant coach for the UNC lacrosse program.
Calder left Chapel Hill in 1984 to become a legislative assistant at the NCAA. While at the NCAA, Calder gained invaluable experience interpreting NCAA rules and regulations. He was involved with a number of NCAA programs and played an active role in the development of legislation concerning the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
In 1986, Calder went on to Bloomsburg University, where he was the assistant director of development for athletics. He coordinated athletic fundraising activities, ran the athletic booster club and directed all summer sports camps.
Calder and his wife, Sue, reside in Timonium and are the parents of 21-year-old twins, James and Alexandra. James is a senior lacrosse player at Susquehanna University, while Alex is a senior field hockey player at Gettysburg College.