Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DCC spikes volleyball

By Jason Stuart

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Dawson Community College will open this fall with one less sport.

The DCC administration has elected to suspend the college’s volleyball program.

“Several things happened in pretty close proximity to each other that led to that decision,” said DCC president Michael Simon.

One factor was volleyball coach Gerry Standridge informing Simon that he had received several good coaching offers in his native Texas and close to his family and would not be returning.

The other major contributing factor was recruiting struggles.

“I received input from the coach that he was having difficulty recruiting players and that several current players weren’t interested in returning,” Simon said. “So I sat down with the administrative team and I said well, if we have an athletic program that’s not doing well in terms of recruitment, that’s not a good sign.”

Since helping the college with student enrollment is “one of the primary reasons,” for having an athletic program, according to Simon, the difficulty of the volleyball program to attract student-athletes contributed heavily to its undoing.

“I love athletics and what intercollegiate athletics do, so it wasn’t an easy decision from that perspective,” Simon said. “But from the financial and recruiting standpoint, it was a fairly easy or at least fairly logical decision at that point.”

The college has committed to honoring all returning volleyball players’ scholarships by offering them the opportunity to try out for another sport or working for the athletic department, Simon added.

Reach Jason Stuart at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.




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