Three varsity sports to be eliminated
Men's golf, men's outdoor track, women's v-ball axed
Published: Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2009 23:03
Men's golf, men's outdoor track and women's volleyball will be eliminated from the athletics department after the 2008-09 season.
A MyQ memo was sent out Wednesday afternoon by vice president of public affairs Lynn Bushnell and is available on the MyQ Web site. Included in the memo is a statement from director of athletics and recreation Jack McDonald.
"It was an extremely difficult decision. A variety of scenarios were explored to continue to provide gender-equitable and competitive opportunities for the greatest number of male and female student-athletes in these fiscally challenging times," said Jack McDonald, director of athletics and recreation.
"The student-athletes, coaches and staff associated with all of the affected programs have continually represented Quinnipiac in the highest manner possible, both on and off the field of competition. We will, of course, honor existing scholarship agreements with those student-athletes affected by the changes and who choose to remain at Quinnipiac."
The announcement comes just over a week after president John Lahey said that the university was considering cutting some athletics programs in an interview with Q30.
The university has been trying to cut back on its budget by up to 5 percent.
Men's golf is set to tee off their last season on March 20 at the George Washington Invitational in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Men's outdoor track begins its final season on Saturday March 28 at the Monmouth University Opener.
Women's volleyball last season finished at the bottom of the standings last November. The team finished with a record of 5-30, including a 2-6 mark in the NEC.
It was also announced in the memo that cheerleading would become compete on the varisty-level beginning next season.
The memo did not specify why these specific sports were chosen to be cut. The memo also mentioned that the cheerleading program will be elevated to competitive, varsity status.
Members of the volleyball team spoke with WTNH on Thursday. Watch their interview here.