Less than two months after Hartford The men’s basketball team reached its first NCAA tournament. The university’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to switch sports programs from Division I to Division III.
The university must submit its intent to the NCAA in January 2022 and expects it will move to Division III by September 1, 2025.
“By moving to Division III, the university can further enhance the academic, co-curricular and wellness experience for all students,” said David Gordon, chairman of the Council of Regency, in a statement. “While we know this decision will disappoint some members of our community, we remain confident that this shift is in the best long-term interests of the institution and all of its students.”
Last month, Hartford University released a feasibility study commissioned by School President Gregory Woodward and conducted by consultancy CarrSports. The study found that moving from Division I to Division III would save the school $ 9.2 million a year.
Coaching contracts and scholarships for physical education students are recognized, but new offers for physical education scholarships will be discontinued from the 2022-23 school year.
Hartford made a surprise run through the America East tournament in March, disrupting Vermont in the semifinals, and then beating UMass Lowell in the championship to automatically apply for the NCAA tournament.
The Hawks lost in the first round to eventual national champions Baylor. Coach John Gallagher should bring back most of his key players next season and could do a re-run to the NCAA tournament.