GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) – Athletes at Georgetown College are outraged after the school suddenly announced it was cutting several athletic programs to save money.
Coaches and players said they never knew their programs were in trouble. Now the administrators are not responding to their concerns.
On Thursday, the school officially announced in a Facebook post that it was no longer funding the men’s and women’s golf and soccer competitions or the archery team to quote “save on institutional costs”.
“Losing freshman year to COVID was something you know you can accept over time. It affected everyone. But losing him to it was devastating,” said Jake Damron, member of Men’s Golf.
He said administrators made him and his teammates wait on a zoom call for more than 20 minutes before their coaches decided to break the bad news.
“He said ‘I’m just going, to be honest with you. Our schedule is cut,'” Damron said.
Conor Taylor, who has coached both men’s and women’s golf, said he was never told either team was in financial trouble.
“We’re on budget, and we’re actually a pretty standalone program. We’re running two major tournaments that pay 25% of our own budget up front,” Taylor said.
Taylor said the administrators never told her either that they were considering scrapping the programs, and that they might have been able to collect the rest of the money had they been given more notice.
An online petition to save the programs has already garnered over a thousand signatures.
Damron and Taylor said they hoped the public outcry would convince the directors to change their minds.
“Every wrong can be righted, and I think that’s an opportunity to restore golf programs,” Taylor said.
The school said all scholarships will still be honored for freshmen and current players.
LEX 18 has contacted the school for further comment and has not heard back.