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Varsity men's volleyball among programs under review

Final decisions expected in early October
Aug 30, 2013

As part of University of the Pacific's "Focusing on Our Future" initiative, Vice President of External Affairs and Athletics Director Ted Leland today (Aug. 30) released preliminary recommendations for athletics that include discontinuing the Pacific men's volleyball team.

Leland's recommendations and those of other University vice presidents were shared with the Pacific community this afternoon. Community feedback will be solicited at a series of town hall meetings in coming weeks, as well as via online comments.

The recommendations are intended to help generate a $15 million strategic investment fund that will enable University of the Pacific to enhance its educational excellence and continue to thrive in a rapidly changing higher education environment, while keeping student tuition low.

If the preliminary recommendation is implemented, current men's volleyball student-athletes would retain their full scholarships through graduation.

"My draft recommendation contains the elimination of men's volleyball following the 2013-14 season," Leland wrote in a statement to the Athletics Leadership Council and Athletics Advisory Board. "This type of decision is very difficult."

After receiving public comment, the Provost and vice presidents in mid-September will adjust their preliminary recommendations and submit them to the President's Advisory Council. The council will review the recommendations further with the participation of additional faculty, staff and student members. All recommendations will go to President Pamela A. Eibeck on Sept. 20 for her review. 

Between Sept. 23 and Sept. 27, Eibeck will solicit additional community input. She plans to issue her final decisions regarding cost-savings in administrative units during the week of Oct. 7, after briefing the Board of Regents.

The Focusing on Our Future initiative was launched in February 2013. Background on the initiative is available on the Pacific website at http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/AdministrationOffices/Office-of-the-President/University-Budget/Focusing-on-Our-Future/Focusing-on-Our-Future-FAQ.html.

In addition to volleyball, the Athletics Department offers seven other men's teams: baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, water polo, and volleyball. The University offers 11 women's sports, including basketball, cross country, field hockey, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and water polo.

Pacific last offered football in 1995, when the sport was discontinued due to the high costs of running a Division 1A team. Some 20 other Division 1 schools have discontinued their football programs since 1990.

In July, the University announced that it would be returning to the West Coast Conference for the first time since 1971. Pacific will field a team in 10 of the Conference's 14 sponsored sports.

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