For Immediate Release
Oct. 14, 2009
Contact: Daphne Larkin
Norwich University fully reinstates wrestling and tennis programs
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Norwich University officials announced today that due to record enrollments in the freshmen class, the wrestling and tennis programs will not be cut from the university’s varsity sports lineup but will remain fully funded beyond this season.
In December 2008 the University announced it would cut both programs due to budgetary constraints brought on by the national and global economic crisis, which reduced the university’s endowment and strained some students’ ability to pay for college. University officials wanted to cut costs to keep a Norwich education affordable.
Gifts from alumni and friends made to support the programs will be used to enhance these teams’ experience.
Wrestling will remain in Norwich’s varsity sport lineup on the same footing as other varsity sports; there is no roster cap, and Norwich will enhance its recruiting budget to help assure that any loss in team numbers will be overcome, according to university officials.
“I am extremely pleased that we have been able to bring back the two athletic programs that were originally dropped at the end of the school year last year,” said Tony Mariano, athletic director. “Both wrestling and tennis have been successful programs at the university and have had quality student-athlete participation. They will continue in full operation and we look forward to their future success in Norwich athletics.”
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).