HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University Department of Athletics will discontinue the women’s bowling program at the conclusion of this season, Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall has announced.
With the MEAC’s decision to move the program from the conference’s Northern Division to the Southern Division and the unexpected escalating expenses associated with that shift, Marshall decided to evaluate the overall athletic department to ensure that it continues to reach the standard of excellence in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.
"I want to thank the young ladies, past and present, Coach (Lee) Davis, all past coaches, and Mrs. (LaNea) Winston for all of their hard work and everything they have done to be great student-athletes. They have been fine representatives of this University and athletic department,” said Marshall.
With the move, funds from the bowling team will be reallocated to the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse programs. Both programs are in their inaugural seasons; in fact, women’s soccer completed its first season of Div. I competition in November, which was a hybrid schedule, and men’s lacrosse will play a hybrid schedule as well starting this coming January.
Women’s soccer will play a full schedule in the fall of 2016, with men’s lacrosse following suit in the spring of 2017.
Both programs currently compete as Div. I independents.
The bowling program originated in 1999.