Men’s soccer and baseball programs cut
University President Maravene Loeschke announced in a press release Friday morning that she had approved of the recommendations to cut the sports of baseball and men’s soccer.
This will be the last season for Towson baseball and the men’s soccer program has been discontinued effective immediately, according to the release.
Loeschke’s recommendation follows the same one originally submitted by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell in October, which is to cut the two sports and add a men’s tennis team. Waddell said in his recommendation the cuts should be made to maintain long-term fiscal solvency of the athletics department and the gender equity requirements of Title IX, which says all student athletes must match the gender proportionalities on campus.
Loeschke’s release states Towson will honor all scholarships of athletes who stay, and that she took into consideration the task force’s recommendations.
“The process has been lengthy and challenging for many in our TU community, especially for the 62 student athletes in these programs,” she said in the release. “The seriousness of this situation required this extended amount of time to thoroughly analyze each and every suggested option in order for me to come to this conclusion.”
Loeschke originally said she would make a final decision regarding the cuts in mid-November, which has caused grumblings among student athletes.
Loeschke’s full recommendation can be viewed on the task force’s website.
The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.