By Luis Petty |Staff Writer|
Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin Hatcher announced the cancellation of women’s water polo and the addition of women’s track and field for the 2014-2015 year that took effect March 21.
Associate Director of Media Relations Mark Reinhiller, clarified some uncertainties about the statement released by Hatcher on the recent cancellation.
Reinhiller referred to Hatcher’s announcement and explained women’s water polo was the only sport not included in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and that they belonged to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), a league not associated with the CCAA.
Reinhiller explained there has been a gradual decline in schools who still remain part of the WWPA and are slowly dropping water polo from their sports rosters.
Since the sport had declined to only five schools still remaining in the WWPA, including CSUSB, it became clear that water polo was the logical choice to be dropped from the women sports roster in sight of this trend.
Reinhiller explained players’ scholarships would be extended for the upcoming year. He added that any attempt to extend the scholarships for a longer length would not be allowed by the NCAA.
Former Head Coach, Sarah Reneker, will not be reinstated as coach at CSUSB.
“She is the head coach for the water polo team, so when the team is done then her tenure here as coach, which is what she is, would come to an end,” said Reinhiller.
Reinhiller explained that water polo costs anywhere between $75,000 to $80,000 a year and he anticipates that switching to track and field would only cost a little under $10,000 to maintain.
In an effort to get a perspective from the water polo team, Madison Morris, a member of the women’s water polo team explained that she believes that things aren’t as plain and simple as they appear and explains that the situation may fall under political implications.
Morris explained Sarah and Hatcher didn’t get along and the tensions between them caused a lack of communication between the team and Hatcher.
“Circumstances are weird and no one is talking to us,” said Morris.
A petition has been launched to save the water polo team.
For more information visit the site at petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-csusb-womens-water.