LHU indoor track and field to be discontinued

Men's outdoor track and field and the women's field hockey Division I status will not change

(Editor’s Note: The below message is verbatim from the office of Lock Haven University President Dr. Michael Fiorentino, just released before 2 p.m. Thursday, regarding his decision on the fate of the LHU men’s indoor track and field team.)

The following is a message from LHU President, Dr. Michael Fiorentino, Jr:

I write to you today to share my decision on the athletic realignment proposals. This information has been shared at the Coaches Meet & Discuss, with the coaches, and the student athletes. There were many factors considered in this process:

– Proposals presented from athletic administrators, faculty, coaches, and students.

– Numerous meetings with student representatives.

– Communications from alums, parents, and the community.

– Careful consideration of Title IX and financial implications.

Taking all of these considerations as a whole, and I did in fact weigh all of the input received, it is my professional judgment that it is in the best interest of the University to discontinue the Men’s Indoor Track and Field team at Lock Haven University effective the conclusion of the spring 2017 semester.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field and the Women’s Field Hockey Division I status will not change. However, we will continue to review budgetary and Title IX considerations as it relates to athletics in the coming year.

I respect the passion of our coaches and student-athletes. This decision, as has been the case with all decisions to reduce or change offerings at our University, was extremely difficult. This decision in no way reflects or diminishes the contributions of coaches, students, and alumni whose dedication on and off the field represent the best of LHU.

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