SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Seton Hall University today announced a strategic restructuring of its intercollegiate sports programs in an effort to maximize its financial resources and ensure sustained athletic competitiveness in the BIG EAST Conference.
Four athletic teams - men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field - will be eliminated effective July 1. In keeping with NCAA and Title IX requirements that the University field 14 sports teams, women's golf will be added.
"This was a difficult choice to make, given the history of our track and field programs, but it was a necessary one made in the best interests of Seton Hall Athletics on the whole," said Joseph Quinlan, Athletics Director. "It is not viable for us to continue to support the number of sports we do at the current level. With this decision, we will reallocate resources to strengthen the University's ongoing sports programs."
The decision is based on a comprehensive assessment of the athletic programs the University offers, the costs required by each and the strategic direction of our athletic department. The University provides more than $1 million per year to support the men's and women's track and field programs. A portion of that funding will be reallocated to support our remaining athletic programs.
Twenty-four student-athletes and five coaches will be affected. Seton Hall will honor scholarship commitments made to current student-athletes and will assist any student-athletes who decide to transfer to another university.
"Like many universities, Seton Hall has been hit hard by the global economic crisis," said Monsignor Robert Sheeran, University President. "As a university, we are faced with difficult choices in which we take no joy."
In February, Monsignor Sheeran announced preliminary long-term and short-term steps to address budget challenges faced by the University for upcoming academic year. Long-term steps include the University's strategic planning process as well as a strategic operational and workforce analysis. Short term steps may include strategic cuts in spending, better control of overtime and stipends, further restrictions on hiring and possible layoffs.