Launches Plan Aimed At Maintaining Academic Excellence, Achieving Success
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Vt. -- Seeking to maintain its enviable record of academic
excellence among student-athletes while more aggressively pursuing the level of
success that the Catamounts achieved with men’s basketball last week, the
University of Vermont Department of Athletics is launching a plan to accomplish
involves further realignment of sports programs, substantially increasing
scholarship support, strengthening recreational sports opportunities, providing
more adequate operational assistance to teams to help with their recruiting and
travel expenses, and eliminating a tier system that previously set different
expectations per sport and allocated resources accordingly.
goal with this plan is to create a culture of excellence, both in the classroom
and on the field, that is conducive to student-athletes having an exceptional
experience at the University of Vermont,” said Athletic Director Dr. Robert
Corran. “Under this plan, we will set higher expectations for academic and
athletic success for all varsity sports, but we will also be in a better
position to establish more equality in the way we support those programs.”
support will increase from 82 scholarships totaling $2.4 million distributed
primarily across eight sports to 124 scholarships totaling $3.7 million
distributed across 20 sports in five years under the plan.
realignment strategy will result in the reinstatement of men’s indoor and
outdoor track and field and the elimination of men and women’s tennis, men’s
golf and men’s swimming. Program eliminations will affect 45 student-athletes.
The reinstatement of men’s track and field will bring 30 student-athletes back
into the program.
said team eliminations, while extremely painful to the student-athletes
affected, are a necessary component of the overall strategy. “Unfortunately we
don’t have the resources that would be needed to support those programs
adequately,” he said. “Maintaining programs that are not funded at a Division I
level and don’t have a reasonable chance to succeed is not in the best interest
of our student-athletes.” Impact on the full-time coaching staff will not be
substantial, Corran said.
follows a series of initiatives that have progressively positioned the Athletic
Department on an upward trajectory. They include a previous streamlining
exercise that reduced varsity sports programs from 27 to 22 in 2001, the establishment
of new leadership, the creation of new contracts for coaches with associated
salary increases, and joining the Hockey East Association.