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
UMaine shutters men's soccer
by Paul Kennedy, April 16th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The University of Maine's men's program became the first Division I soccer program to get the ax in response to cutbacks necessitated by the economic woes that have befallen state universities. This was no Title IX move. Women's volleyball also was dropped, resulting in a projected savings of $600,000 from dropping the two programs in the next fiscal year. It's a decision that will have a devastating impact on soccer in Maine. It leaves Maine without a D1 program at a time when boys soccer, always popular at the schoolboy level, has taken off at the club level.

The UMaine athletic department's share of $8.8 million in cuts is $253,000, while economy-related factors -- endowment losses, reduced annual gifts, declines in ticket sales, and lower-than-expected merchandise receipts and other externally generated revenues -- will create shortfalls totaling another $618,000.

"This is the option of last resort," says Athletic Director Blake James. "We place a high value on the opportunities that all of our sports create for our student-athletes and we recognize the commitment of coaches, support staff and fans. We have taken these steps after exhausting every feasible option for managing these unprecedented budget challenges."

UMaine will honor its scholarship commitments to current volleyball and soccer players who wish to continue work toward a UMaine degree. Recruited scholarship student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent to play one of these sports will be eligible for one year of scholarship funding if they choose to attend UMaine.

According to the Portland Press Herald, UMaine men's soccer had an annual operating budget of $144,000 for coaches' salaries, travel and operational costs but not scholarships. The Black Bears had 7.5 scholarships for men's soccer. (The women's soccer operating budget is at least 50 percent bigger.)

Falmouth High coach Dave Halligan, whose son Pat played for the Black Bears, took the news hard.

"What do you tell a young player in Maine now? 'Hey, go somewhere else? We can't afford you?' " Halligan told the Portland Press Herald. "There's probably more soccer players in Maine than any other sport. That's our flagship university, the only Division I school in the state."

No UMaine program has been cut since men's golf was dropped in 2001, though men's soccer was one of three programs that was in danger of being dropped in 2002.

Maine plays in the America East, where Vermont has announced plans to eliminate baseball and softball and conference scald back the baseball season.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Cal South again heads ODP Championship field    
Cal South, which has swept the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships the last two years, has ...
MLS Countdown 2015: Injury jinx hits hard    
DAY 8: As the MLS preseason is set to wrap up this weekend, teams will pray ...
What They're Saying: Juergen Klopp    
"I hope there aren't any more unexploded bombs in the stadium -- especially not in yellow ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"On the second and third goals, it was suicide. It looks like we have lost our ...
Alvarado and Castillo start in road wins    
Young Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado, who looks more and more like he's headed to play for the ...
Video Pick: Robinho's still got it    
Here's an update on Robinho, who after a decade in Europe that included winning titles at ...
Video Pick: Sombrero chip sets up golazo     
Bryan, a 22-year-old defender for Brazilian club America-MG, chips the ball over an Atletico defender before ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
Real Salt Lake won its third straight game with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City ...
Soccer stadium deal at Utah State Fairgrounds dies    
Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen has pulled out of an agreement with the Utah ...
Stone will host Fox Sports' Women's World Cup coverage    
Rob Stone will serve as Fox Sports' prime-time studio host for its coverage of the 2015 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives