Baseball Program Halted For the Next Three Seasons
April Emory, Sports Information Officer May 28, 2014
ELIZABETH CITY, NC- Elizabeth City State University has announced the temporary suspension
of its baseball program effective immediately.
During the next few years, ECSU will strengthen its fundraising efforts in support
of all its athletic programs, including scholarships and facilities. ECSU anticipates
a return to the baseball diamond beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. Head baseball
coach Terrance Whittle will be reassigned within the Department, working on behalf
of the program with a focus on the completion of a baseball field and other fundraising
ventures for baseball scholarships.
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the Athletic Department's sports sponsorship
will be 10 sports, the minimum for NCAA Division II membership.
This decision may monetarily affect four baseball student-athletes who will be seniors
this upcoming year. Student-athletes that continue their undergraduate education at
ECSU will receive their athletic aid for 2014-15.Those who desire to transfer to another
institution will be granted releases so that they may continue their playing careers.
"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", says J.
Lin Dawson, Interim Athletic Director. "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. The Department of Athletics commits
to (1) providing sound and well organized athletically-related experiences that lead
to high achievement and lends to the overall satisfaction of student life and alumni
pride, (2) graduating student-athletes, and (3) developing them as leaders to impact
the community at large now and beyond their playing days. "
Due to financial restraints, the Athletic Department, like other entities at the University,
must make significant changes to address the recent decline in enrollment. The temporary
suspension of baseball is part of the University's intensive right-sizing plan to
achieve financial stability.
While baseball is on hiatus, the University will use the time to raise the necessary
resources to sponsor a competitive team and revive the efforts for proper facilities
for our future home games.