Monday, February 15, 2021

BREAKING: Wesley Dropping Athletics



FEBRUARY 15, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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Wesley Dropping Athletics


by Andy Walter, Delaware State News


"Wesley College told its athletics staff this afternoon that the school will be discontinuing its NCAA Division III sports programs at the end of the school year.

The decision comes as the entire college is transitioning to becoming part of Delaware State University, which purchased the Dover school last year.

Like almost all small colleges, Wesley hasn’t been involved in any athletic competition since last March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A former junior college, Wesley moved up to NCAA Division III in the last 1980s. The Wolverines have had their share of success, especially in football, men’s basketball, golf and field hockey. 

This afternoon, Wesley’s coaches were in the process of breaking the news to their players.

“It’s a sad and disappointing day knowing what we’ve built here as a football program,” said head football coach Chip Knapp. “Being a nationally-recognized program and having such a great winning tradition, and having it going away, we’re still processing the whole thing."

“It’s just tough. At the end of the day, my heart just goes out to the kids," said men's basketball coach Dean Burrow. "This isn’t a knock on academics but when you think of Wesley, you think sports, you think athletics, you think football, you think men’s basketball and the other sports.”

Long-time field hockey coach Tracey Short, who took over as athletic director in 2018, declined comment."

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