Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Bowling will be suspended beginning in the fall of 2024
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure its long-term sustainability, Bloomfield College of Montclair State University will suspend six NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics programs beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year.
The men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s bowling teams will be suspended. There is no timetable for the programs to return.
The institution will review each student’s individual situation and ensure they receive all financial aid for which they qualify.
Interested student athletes will also have the opportunity to participate in open tryouts for Montclair State University’s NCAA Division III teams in applicable sports at the beginning of the 2024-2025 academic year. The institution will also provide immediate assistance to any students wishing to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.
The six part-time coaches currently leading the programs will not have their contracts renewed on July 1, 2024.
The men’s and women’s track and field and women’s bowling teams have competed in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) since 2016 and 2018, respectively.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams began competition in 2001. The women’s soccer program began as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program in 1996, and has competed in the CACC since Bloomfield athletics gained NCAA Division II status in 2002.
The suspensions come as part of an ongoing review of all Bloomfield College of Montclair State University programs and operations, which includes evaluation of student demand for programs and services and whether there are duplicate programs, among other factors.
“As we continue the integration phase of our merger, we are evaluating all programs and operations to ensure a sustainable model for the future,” says Bloomfield College of Montclair State University Chancellor Marcheta Evans. “Decisions like this are never easy, and we understand the emotions students and staff are feeling. We will do all we can to ensure the athletic and academic progress of our students will not be impeded by this decision, and we thank our coaches for their leadership and contributions to these programs.”
For more information on Bloomfield College of Montclair State University Athletics, visit bcbearsathletics.com.