Less than two months after Hartford’s men’s basketball team reached their first NCAA tournament, the university’s faculty voted on Thursday to switch its athletic program from Division I to Division III.
Universities are required to submit their application to the NCAA in January 2022 and are expected to switch to Division III by September 1, 2025.
“Moving to Division III will enable the university to enhance academic, co-curricular and well-being experiences for all students,” David Gordon, Chair of the Board of Regents, said in a statement. “Although we know that this decision will disappoint some members of our community, we will not be disappointed.”; But we remain confident that this change is in the best long-term interests of the institution and all its students. ”
Last month, the Hartford University Athletics Feasibility study commissioned by School President Gregory Woodward and run by consulting firm CarrSports was made public. The study indicates the school will save $ 9.2 million annually by shifting from Division I to Division III.
Coaching contract and student-athlete scholarship will be honored. But the new sports scholarship offer will end in the 2022-23 academic year.
Hartford made a surprising performance through the America East tournament in March, putting Vermont to the top in the semi-finals, then beating UMass Lowell in the championship to receive an automated bid for the NCAA tournament.
The Hawks eventually lost to the National Championship at Baylor in the first round. Coach John Gallagher is expected to return most of his key players next season and be able to reruns in NCAA tournaments.