Hartwick College to Keep NCAA Division I and III Athletics
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The Hartwick College Board of Trustees has voted to continue its support of both NCAA Division I and Division III athletics at the College. The decision is an endorsement of a recommendation to the Board made earlier this month by the College’s president, Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich.
“The Division I sports of men’s soccer and women’s water polo will continue with the Board’s support,” said James Elting, M.D., chair of Hartwick’s Board of Trustees. “The Board has carefully considered this matter at several intervals in recent years, and we believe that the decision to retain both Division I and Division III programs brings appropriate closure to this question. These sports have long been a point of pride for the College, and they will continue to be.”
“Hartwick has a distinguished tradition of competitive athletics that complements the educational intent of our academic mission,” Drugovich said. “Approximately 35 percent of our students compete on varsity teams, and an even larger number compete at the intramural, club and individual sport level. All of these activities provide the prospect of personal growth and development, and it is clear that these opportunities are very important to our students, alumni, and community.”
At its February 2008 meeting, the Hartwick Board of Trustees tabled the question of retaining both Division I and Division III sports pending the arrival and review of the issue by then newly appointed Drugovich, who began her duties in July 2008.
In the second year of her presidency, Drugovich appointed an Athletics Review Task Force with the charge to explain how the intercollegiate athletic experience at Hartwick relates to the life of students at the College. In addition, the Task Force was asked to identify an approach that best aligns resources to support a model in athletics that best fits Hartwick’s Organizing Principle, while also maximizing the student experience as it relates to sports and athletic activity.
The Task Force included 25 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Trustees, and was co-chaired by Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Meg Nowak and Hartwick alumna Rory Shaffer-Walsh '92.
Using surveys, focus groups, and forums, the Task Force gathered input from Hartwick alumni, members of the Wick Athletic Association, the President’s Cabinet, coaches, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community at large. The Task Force also reviewed data analysis from NACDA, a consulting firm that was engaged by Drugovich to provide an objective review of Hartwick’s athletics program through benchmark studies of programs at other liberal arts colleges.
Both groups submitted final reports and recommendations to Drugovich earlier this summer. “The work of the Athletics Review Task Force informed and shaped my perspective on the Division I program, on the level of support the College provides to sports in both Divisions, and on the opportunities to strengthen our program. Their review was comprehensive and very well done,” she said.
Hartwick’s NCAA Division I teams have been at the forefront of the College’s competitive athletic success. Since its inception, Hartwick men’s soccer has won an NCAA national championship and made 23 NCAA tournament appearances.
In its 10 years of competition, Hartwick’s Division I women’s water polo has made three NCAA tournament appearances, won three Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Conference championships, and won 10 consecutive division championships.
In addition to its NCAA Division I programs, the Hartwick Hawks compete in the Division III sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s equestrian, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.
Release courtesy Hartwick Athletic Communications