UNCW to cut four sports teams next year, add one


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW Athletics plans to cut some of its sports programs starting next year, while adding one more team.

According to a statement from UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass, the school will no longer offer women’s outdoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, men’s cross country and men’s outdoor track and field. The cuts also mean the elimination of four coaching positions.

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According to the release, the cuts will kick in beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. UNCW will hold a meeting Thursday to answer any questions students may have about the changes.

“We will honor our scholarship commitments to these student-athletes through their scheduled graduation dates. Academic and other support services will also remain unchanged for these student-athletes,” Bass said in his statement. “In addition, all newly-recruited student-athletes in the affected sports will be notified and granted releases from their National Letter-of-Intent.”

Last year a committee recommended cutting some sports teams as the athletic department struggled financially. In the end, then Chancellor Gary Miller decided not to make any cuts. But with fiscal challenges continuing and a challenge from Interim Chancellor Bill Sederburg to make the the athletic department financially solvent, Bass decided to recommend cutting the four teams.

To make sure the school is in compliance with Title IX requirements, the school plans to add women’s sand volleyball. That would bring the total number of sports to 15, which is one more than the minimum NCAA requirement.