St. Francis College in Brooklyn, which houses the oldest College men’s basketball program In New York City, it announced the end of its entire first-class athletic program.
Francis Salamon, chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Francis College, announced Monday that the private institution founded in 1884 will undergo a “strategic reorganization plan” to combat “increasing operating expenses, leveling revenue streams, and stabilizing outstanding enrollment in part of the schools’ dwindling pool of graduates.” Secondary in the Wake of the Pandemic”.
This included the “elimination” of St. Francis sports programs.
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“Accordingly, the Board of Trustees recently approved a strategic realignment plan that includes the cancellation of the NCAA Division I college athletics program, effective at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester,” Salamone said in a statement via the college’s website.
“We want to recognize that SFC has a rich legacy in competitive athletics, and we are proud of our dogs today and in all years past. This difficult decision was guided by a commitment to upholding the college’s 164-year Franciscan mission to provide a high quality, affordable education to working-class and first-generation students.” .
St. Francis will honor all existing academic and athletic scholarships, despite the decision, but added that hiring of staff and athletic coaches will close at the end of the spring semester.
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Director of Athletic Irma Garcia released a separate statement thanking the student-athletes and coaches for their commitment.
“I come to you today to share with you the news of a decision I never anticipated during my time at St. Francis College. I am saddened that a decision has been made to cancel the college’s athletics program, effective at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester. My heart aches for our student-athletes, coaches, and staff.”
And she continued: “It is COVID-19 pandemic He made an indelible impact on St. Francis College and, as a consequence, Terrier Athletics.”
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“As we continue to compete this season, I ask that you pour love and positivity into our student-athletes. They have worked all year to play at their highest level and I will cheer them on until the bitter end.”
Saint Francis has 19 teams that compete in the NCAA Northeast Conference. The Terriers men’s basketball team was founded in 1896 and has six regular championships.
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