Stillman College has announced that it will drop ten of its 12 athletic programs beginning with the 2016-17 season.
The announcement was made by school president Dr. Peter Millet at a press conference on Thursday (Dec 3).
Citing financial challenges, Spring 2016 sports will complete their season but will be discontinued in Fall 2016 after which only men's and women's basketball will remain.
During the press conference, Millet, who became president in 2014, stated that he and his staff had reached the decision after approximately eight months of research. He indicated that the school will move from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in the NAIA.
The action was described as a "pivotal moment" for the college as they work to get back on solid financial ground. The school plans to honor commitments to athletes under full or partial scholarships.
Stillman's athletic "expansion" began in 1999 with the revival of its football program competing at the NCAA Division III level spearheaded by then president Dr. Ernest McNealey. In 2004, the school moved up to Division II and joined the SIAC. In spite of the focus on football (60-66 since moving to DII), arguably the most successful athletic program for the Tigers has been baseball.
In the 10 years under Danny Crawford (2005-2015), Stillman has won seven SIAC titles resulting in seven NCAA playoff appearances including four consecutive bids from 2011-2014.
Stillman's decision marks the second SIAC school to drop football. Paine College suspended the sport, in January, 2015.