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WE'RE BACK!!! Thank you everyone for your support!

On Sept 13th, UVM announced that the Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Programs would be eliminated.




Website Timeline:

Reinstated!! Read all about it here

03-24-2004

New Captain's Notes

03-28-2004

UVM Cross Country and Track and Field has a new coach!

Dartmouth College goes against the grain and reinstates their swim programs with support from students and alumni

01-09-2003

Some info/links relating to the search for a new Athletic Director as well as a bit of editorializing from George

10-15-2002

Check this out, video footage of our final lap as a team(This may take a minute to download depending on your internet connection speed)

08-30-2002

Peter Weith's Letter to The Burlington Free Press (original uncut version)

05-23-2002

Correspondence With The President

04-04-2002

Comparing UVM's Cuts With Recent Cuts at UMass Amherst and Tulane

03-14-2002

UVM Track Athletes on the Cover of New England Runner Spring Issue

04-03-2002

Posted: Summary Letter to UVM Administration

01-24-2002

Posted: Supporting Document (The Real Facts)

01-24-2002

UVM Track Community Responds

01-24-2002

   

Email Campaign

01-09-2002

Posted:  New letter!

10-24-2001

Posted:  Athletics document - "Framework for Change"

10-17-2001

News:  Board of Trustee Meeting on Oct. 19,20

10-17-2001

News:  Petition signing at Green Mountain Marathon on Oct. 20

10-17-2001

Link:  Great site for gender equity info & statistics.

10-17-2001




News Articles:

New 5-08-03 BFP, Cats Introduce New Boss, Patrick Garrity

New 5-08-03 BFP, A Warm UVM Welcome, Hillary Read

New 5-08-03 UVM Announces New Athletic Director

No direct reference to UVM, however the two below are interesting articles from the New York Times about Title IX

Article about trying out for college teams by Bill Pennington

Editorial by Vermont's own John Irving about Title IX

UVM News Track Athletes win Conference Scholar Athlete Awards

New Posting! 8-28-02 ESPN.com Article by Jeff Hollobaugh

Rutland Herald, Cut Goes Deeper Than it Seems, Tom Haley

New York Times, Men's Teams Benched as Colleges Level the Field, Bill Pennington

BFP, Keep Track and Field Running, Peter Weith

BFP, Cats Track Makes a Loud Exit, Patrick Garrity

BFP, Senior Thanks UVM Track for Long Life, Barbara Leitenberg

BFP, "UVM Sports Cuts Will Save Less Than $50,000", Candace Page

BFP, "UVM Must Pay to Play", Editorial

BFP, "Dashed into History", Sally Polak

UVM Athletics to Reduce Scope of Offerings

BFP, "UVM Cuts Five Varsity Sports", Sept 14th

BFP, "UVM's Timing Questioned", Sept 14th

BFP, "UVM Absorbs Fallout of Program Cuts",Sept 15th

BFP, "UVM's Future Comes at a Price", Patrick Garrity

BFP, "Cuts Alone Not Enough for UVM", Patrick Garrity




The Day Al Gutterson Cried
Class of 1912 and Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Gutterson Field House

On Thursday September 13, 2001, I was notified that a decision was made by the administrative leaders at the University of Vermont that men's indoor and outdoor track and field was among the five sports to be eliminated from the UVM athletic program. This was a terrible week for America because of the terrorist attack on New York and Washington and a devastating week for the UVM Track and Field Family. With my Team already distraught about the attack on America the timing of this announcement was deplorable. This indeed was the day that Al Gutterson cried!

As a coach at the University of Vermont for 34 season I was not given the courtesy to defend my program before the committee that eventually decided our fate. The UVM track team was not a Men's team or a Women's team. It has always been coached as the University of Vermont Track and Field team. We ran with one heart and one soul and on September 13th one half of our heart and soul was eliminated. For many years I coached this team by myself with the addition of my first full time assistant coach in the mid eighties. By coaching 6 sports with one full time assistant coach many could say that UVM got their moneys worth.

I feel sorry for the University of Vermont. I feel sorry for the past and present members of the UVM Track and Field family. I feel sorry for all the young boys in the state of Vermont who compete in track and field and will never have the opportunity to compete for their state University. Over the years between 65-75 percent of my team members have been Vermonters and that was my recruiting philosophy for both my Men's and Women's teams.

To the president of the University of Vermont, the Board of Trustees, the Athletic Council and everyone who had input in this decision I would respectfully like to make this response.

On behalf of all the great young men who have proudly and honorably represented the University of Vermont in the great sport of Track and Field I would like to say what General Anthony Clement McAuliffe said to the surrounding German Army at the siege of Bastogne when asked for his surrender - "NUTS".


 

Ed Kusiak
Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country
Coach of Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field
Coach of Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field




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