|Elizabeth City St. baseball on hold|
|Program to go dormant for fundraising|
|Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:30 pm|
Elizabeth City State is suspending its baseball program for three years to concentrate on fundraising.
ECSU officials announced baseball’s hiatus as part of an initiative to improve fundraising throughout the athletic department, including scholarships and facilities. The reduction leaves ECSU with 10 sports, the minimum for Division II programs and the CIAA with five baseball-playing schools. The league has 12 member institutions.
“Suspending or eliminating a varsity sport should always be the last option for an athletic department because many people are impacted by such a decision,” ECSU interim athletic director Lin Dawson said in a statement. “At the center of every decision and course of action are the student-athletes who trust Elizabeth City State University with their academic and athletic careers. Therefore, the decision to suspend baseball for three years is regretful and unfortunate.”
Head baseball coach Terrance Whittle will be reassigned within the department with a focus on completion of a baseball field and funding scholarships.
Scholarship athletes who continue at ECSU in 2014-15 will receive their aid. Those who decide to transfer will be granted releases.
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