San Jacinto College voted Monday night to discontinue four of its athletic programs.
The Board of Trustees decided at its meeting to cut men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer, effective May 2018.
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” said Dan Mims, Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. “For the last 10 years, the Board has been having difficult discussions around athletics and facilities. The Board is charged with being fiscally responsible and good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Because student success is the core value at San Jacinto College, we need to remain true to our mission around student success and focus our resources on programs and initiatives that impact the broader student body.”
San Jacinto College has won 12 national championships and has 17 national runner-up finishes among its athletic programs in its 50-year history.
Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, said more than 100 student-athletes are affected by this decision.
“San Jacinto College will honor its commitment to the approximately 150 current student-athletes who are affected by this decision,” Harris said. “Student success remains our focus, and we want these student-athletes to complete the higher education credential they came here to achieve.”
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