New petition seeks to save BYU-Hawaii athletics
With incredible world-wide positive and spiritual influence, the BYUH Athletic The end of athletics will mean an end of the connection that BYU-Hawaii has. New petition aimed at saving BYU-Hawaii athletics phased out as their seasons wrap up, with the program coming to an end by May The BYU Cougars () snapped the perfect opening to the season Eric Ramirez to end the perfect start with a man in scoring position.
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Many student athletes want to transfer to a new university, preferably one that honors the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as no Sunday play, but it's been difficult, Jones said.
They have known this was coming since the university announced it would transition out of intercollegiate athletics after the season. BYU-Hawaii's priority is to increase student enrollment from 2, to 3, and give more opportunities to students along the Pacific Rim, according to the April statement.
The school also needs to upgrade some campus facilities. After more than 10 years of research and considering options, the decision was made to drop intercollegiate athletics.
The administration acknowledged the "dedication and excellence of coaches, staff and student athletes" over many years of Seasider athletics, the statement reads. Tanner released a page-long statement about the decision.
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He expressed his love of Seasider athletics but said he was forced to consider expenses and travel costs against an opportunity to admit students. The argument for such a trade-off seems pretty compelling, especially since we intend to draw these students from our target area in Asia and the Pacific, where the need for educated leaders for communities and the LDS Church is greatest," President Tanner wrote.
These advantages to the church for the many must be weighed against the positive impact of the athletic program for the few. Porter, chairman of the school's exercise and sport science department and the men's and women's tennis coach, is one of the few who are staying after sports phase out. He's "obviously disappointed," and compared his reaction to standing on a street corner and witnessing an accident while someone else sees the same accident from the second floor of an apartment building.
Apparently they won because a rugby publication declared the squad from Laie, Hawaii, to be national champions.
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The rugby team's success sparked a push toward a full schedule and the addition of other sports teams, beginning in with men's volleyball. Men's basketball and women's volleyball started in and are the school's longest running sports, said Spencer Shamo, BYU-Hawaii assistant athletic director. That first rugby championship team is one of 24 national championship teams at BYU-Hawaii.
The school also claims two individual women's cross country championships, 20 national players of the year and more than all-Americans, with possibly more titles and accolades to be added as the spring sports end in June.
Porter started at BYU-Hawaii in as an assistant basketball coach. He later became the men's and women's tennis coach and has compiled more than 1, victories, including one stretch over seven years when the tennis team had a win-loss record of the only loss came in a national title match. Porter has a higher winning percentage. Decades of fierce competition will come to an end however, when the BYU-Hawaii seasiders close their doors for good in May of this year. InPresident Steven Wheelwright and the Board of Trustees made the decision to cut the athletics program to refocus the budget on recruiting international students to the university from Asia and the Pacific.
The goal was to increase enrollment from 2, to 3, students. The decision came as a shock to many. It's a really unique campus environment. The decision was immediately met with opposition from the Seasider community. The fight to save the athletic program has been unsuccessful and the seasider community is now getting ready to close up shop, while trying to stay positive. Its frustrating but we move on right?.
Current Seasider student athletes - approximately from 11 different teams - are now facing the challenge of what to do next. Their scholarships, however, will end with the athletic program. It is not just the community at BYU-Hawaii that will be affected by this change, UH Hilo and the entire PacWest conference will see the effects of losing one of the most dominant programs.
UH Hilo athletic director Pat Guillen says that our conference is evolving in more ways than one this coming year.