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.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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