St. Francis (Brooklyn) to drop athletic program
NEW YORK CITY– St. Francis College, one of the smallest NCAA Division I schools, announced Monday that its board of trustees has actually approved a plan to eliminate its athletic program at the end of the spring semester.St.
Francis sponsors 21 NCAA groups, consisting of men’s and women’s basketball, and has been a member of the Northeast Conference for more than four decades.The move comes as part of bigger restructuring of the private Catholic school located in Brooklyn. Registration at the school is about 2,300 undergraduate trainees. “There are difficulties facing college institutions, especially smaller sized liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, from which SFC is not immune,”the school said in a press release.” Among these challenges are increased business expenses, flattening revenue streams, and plateauing registration due in part to a diminishing swimming pool of high school graduates in the after-effects of the pandemic.”The Northeast Conference is likewise home to Fairleigh Dickinson, the small school situated in Teaneck, New Jersey, that managed among the most significant upsets in the NCAA guys’s basketball tournament history this previous weekend.FDU ended up being simply the junior varsity seeded 16th in the field to beat a No. 1 seed when the
Knights beat Purdue on Friday. FDU lost to Florida Atlantic University on Sunday in the 2nd round of the tournament. “Coming off a week that has actually served as a rallying cry for the whole Northeast
Conference, today is a bittersweet day,” NEC commissioner Noreen Morris said in a declaration.”As a club member of the NEC, St. Francis College is tightly woven into the extremely material of this conference. It saddens us to lose them as an important member of the NEC community. “St. Francis also revealed that its board approved school president Miguel Martinez-Saenz an ask for a personal leave and appointed chief running officer Tim Cecere as acting president, effective right away.