AZUSA, Calif.: Azusa Pacific is ending its soccer program this month after 55 years of Division II and NAIA competitors.
Athletic director Gary Pine stated the choice was prompted by different four-year colleges in California dropping the game during the last 30 years, giving Azusa Pacific fewer in-state opponents to play, which led to larger journey prices. In 2019, the Cougars needed to fly to all six of their street video games, making them the one Division II or III faculty within the nation pressured to try this.
Azusa Pacific is the one Division II or NAIA faculty in California that also had soccer. In 1975, there have been 37 colleges within the state that performed soccer; now it’s 17. Only Chapman University in Orange in 1994 has added the game.
The college’s President’s Cabinet made the choice along side the board of trustees. Ending soccer will permit the varsity to additional put money into its 18 remaining sports activities.
This is an especially troublesome determination, Pine stated.
Azusa Pacific produced such standouts as Christian Okoye, Doug Barnett and Terrell Watson, all of whom went on to play within the NFL.
The personal Christian faculty situated exterior Los Angeles gained the NAIA championship in 1988, starting a stretch of creating the playoffs six occasions in eight years. The Cougars certified for the Division II playoffs in 2016 and ’18.
Current gamers will be capable of retain their athletic scholarships or the college will assist them switch.
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