Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Death knell for Hartwick's D1 men's program
February 8th, 2008 9AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

These are hard times for soccer in the town they call Soccer Town USA.

Four years after soccer supporters and alumni staved off an attempt to eliminate Division I men's soccer at Hartwick, one of college soccer's most storied men's programs, trustees at the Oneonta, N.Y., school will meet on Saturday to consider a new plan to eliminate athletic scholarships and switch men's soccer and nationally ranked women's water polo to Division III in 2009.

This time, the move is considered a fait accompli.

After a plan in January 2004 was approved by trustees, an effort to reinstate the Division I programs was successful after Re-Ignite the Wick fundraising efforts raised about $2 million.

Hartwick is positioning the decision to drop the two Division I programs as a cost-cutting measure. The athletic scholarships for men's soccer and women's water polo cost about $550,000 a year.

Hartwick won the NCAA Division I men's soccer title in 1977 and reached the final four on seven occasions. It has competed in Division I in only men's soccer and women's water polo. All other sports play at the Division III level.

Jim Lennox, who coached Hartwick to the 1977 national title, told the Oneonta Star that the move was based on Hartwick's inability to compete at the national level.

"The demographics of Division I soccer have changed," Lennox continued. "It's now geared toward the major conferences. There's no way we are going to do what we did in the 1970s and 1980s. That will never be recaptured. Division I men's soccer has advanced and because of that progress and growth of the game, the major conferences have taken to soccer and the schools in the mid- to lower-conferences have been left behind."

The comes two years after Oneonta State downgraded its men's soccer program from Division I to Division III.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
O'Neill named interim head coach, Lindholm joins staff    
[MASSACHUSETTS: Men] Devin O'Neill, the top men's assistant the past two years at Massachusetts, has been ...
Suspensions handed down following hazing incident    
[NEW MEXICO: Women] New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela was suspended for a week without ...
Donnelly leaves with AD's blessing for U.S. Soccer    
[SIU EDWARDSVILLE: Men] SIU-Edwardsville men's head coach Scott Donnelly resigned on the eve of the 2014 ...
Bears' Onumonu is difference in Bay Area derby    
[SANTA CLARA-CALIFORNIA: Women] No. 23 California gained revenge for its loss to Bay Area rival Santa ...
Terriers upset Eagles with another comeback win    
[BOSTON UNIV.-BOSTON COLLEGE: Women] Boston University erased a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat No. 13 Boston ...
Cardinal has lots of positives to take home    
[STANFORD-DUKE: Women] Two days after beating No. 4 North Carolina, 1-0, in overtime, No. 7 Stanford ...
UCLA cruises again, Florida State pulls away in heat    
[WOMEN'S ROUNDUP: Sunday] No. 1 UCLA posted its second consecutive 3-0 win, downing UC Irvine two ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] The men's season kicks off Friday with Maryland in action at Louisville in a ...
Cardinal finally beats Tar Heels in 13th attempt    
[NORTH CAROLINA-STANFORD: Women] Well, the 13th time was the charm for Stanford. That's how many games ...
Seminoles win on blast with one second to spare    
[FLORIDA STATE-PORTLAND: Women] The clock at Seminole Soccer Complex showed one second remaining in regulation when ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives