BANGOR, Maine - Due to continuing health and safety concerns brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Husson University has come to the difficult decision that they will not be engaging in any athletic competition during the Fall 2020 semester.
Husson University President Robert A. Clark, PhD, CFA, states, "I'm a strong supporter and fan of the Husson Eagles. The action we have taken today carefully considers the challenges associate with keeping our athletes safe. Our priority is the health and well-being of all of our students, staff, and faculty."
There will be an opportunity for Husson student-athletes to practice in the fall on campus. There is also a possibility that competition scheduled to take place in the fall could be rescheduled to occur in the Spring. Fall sports include; football (CCC), field hockey, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, and women's tennis. The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – of which Husson field hockey is an associate member - already announced this week (July 15) that conference play would be suspended for the upcoming fall semester. The NECC also told their member schools, "assuming the spread of the virus is contained and safety can be assured, conference play will resume during the spring semester." In addition, football competition in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will not take place this fall season. The CCC is also leaving open the possibility for football to compete in the spring.
This decision was not one that was taken lightly. A considerable amount of deliberation led up to this decision by Husson administration, since the safety and well-being of the students, staff, faculty, and campus community is the University's highest priority. Plans for resuming competition for winter and spring sports will be evaluated based on public health guidance at a later date.
Athletic engagement is an important part of the collegiate experience for more than 500 students at Husson University. Despite the setbacks encountered in 2020, Husson coaches and staff remain positive and committed to making this year special for student-athletes as they look to build even stronger programs for the future.
"Our staff and I are deeply saddened that we will not be able to participate in athletic competition this fall," shares Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi. "The decision is based entirely upon the need to protect the health and welfare of each and every one of our student-athletes. I'm confident that it's the right decision. We wish all of our student-athletes the very best for this coming academic year!"