Wright State University – Lake Campus has suspended the operations of its women’s volleyball and softball teams for the 2017-2018 season. The release did not give any indication for plans beyond next season, and a request for comment was not immediately responded to.
“After assessing the number of athletic programs and the participation in each sport during last academic year, Wright State University – Lake Campus has chosen to suspend its women’s volleyball and softball operations for the 2017-18 season,” a statement said.
The school’s athletic director Trent Kline said “This was a decision that we never dreamed we would be making. Sometimes situations arise and that leads to really difficult decisions needing to be made. We are grateful to the student-athletes who have helped to build these programs and we will continue to assess our offerings in the future.”
The Lake Campus is considered a separate college, but the same university as, the Divsion-I athletics’ Wright State University that competes in the Horizon League. The Lake Campus, located between Celina and St. Mary’s, Ohio on the north shore of Grand Lake St. Marys, has 1,300 students and competes athletically in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). The team finished just 2-22 last season.
The suspensions leave Wright State University’s Lake Campus with just 3 sponsored sports – baseball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.
Wright State’s main campus recently announced cost-cutting measures as well. While volleyball wasn’t mentioned in that announcement specifically, the implication is that all of the school’s programs will be hit. The school eliminated its men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs as part of the cost-cutting plan.
The announcement came 8 days after Wright State announced the signing of its latest incoming freshman, Bri Frazier.