On the heels of its first-ever NCAA Males’s Basketball Match look, the College of Hartford introduced Thursday that it’ll transition its athletic division to Division III. The Hawks gained the America East Match this previous season to safe the league’s automated bid earlier than shedding to No. 1 seed Baylor, the eventual nationwide champion, within the first spherical.
An announcement from the college famous the choice ought to take impact “no later” than Sept. 1, 2025.
“The choice comes after a yr of dialogue and research of the present athletics mannequin and several other options, in addition to the overview of a report from an on-campus process drive comprising coaches, employees, college, alumni, and a member of the Board; monetary info associated to present athletics operations; and a overview performed by a nationally acknowledged athletics consulting agency,” stated the college’s announcement.
Hartford joined Division I within the 1984-85 season and fields 17 groups complete throughout its athletic division. The choice to transition to Division III has been met with resistance from student-athletes.
“I am unable to consider that is even in query after the final 4 years in our applications historical past,” guard DJ Mitchell wrote on Twitter final month. “I am in awe. The president utterly discredited what me and lots of others have sacrificed for the college. I actually hope it is all simply speak however I do not know what to suppose.”
The Hawks have posted a 38-24 document in America East play over the previous 4 seasons below coach John Gallagher, who simply accomplished his eleventh season.
“Intercollegiate athletics has lengthy been an integral a part of the College of Hartford scholar expertise and that won’t change,” Hartford Board of Regents chair David Gordon stated. “On the similar time, a transfer to Division III will enable the College to additional strengthen the educational, co-curricular, and wellness expertise for all college students. Whereas we all know this choice will disappoint some members of our group, we stay assured that this shift is in one of the best long-term pursuits of the establishment and all its college students.”