Athletics Review at Norwich

Norwich University is undertaking a strategic review of the school's athletics program. This assessment is being conducted throughout the remainder of the fall semester by the Board of Trustees' Committee on Athletics, with the assistance of three outside consultants.

The study is examining Norwich's current varsity, club and intramural programs and the Department of Athletics Vision, Mission, and Value statements, to align the department's focus and goals with the NU 2019 plan. The review will objectively evaluate administrative and logistical components of the program that impact on its competitive success.

Areas considered by the study will include, but are not limited to:

  • Sport Offerings (Varsity, Club and Intramural)
  • Facilities
  • Recruitment and Retention of Athletes
  • Conference Alignments

The Committee on Athletics has retained Hobart College athletic director Mike Hanna, the Washington (MD) College athletic director Bryan Matthews, and US Merchant Marine Academy athletic director Susan Peterson-Lubow to help conduct the review.

Hanna, who has conducted several athletic reviews for other institutions, has been the AD at Hobart since 1981. He was the head lacrosse coach at Princeton prior to taking the job at Hobart, and also served as an assistant coach for football, wrestling and soccer at the US Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins. Hanna was an Army paratrooper and served a tour of duty as a military intelligence advisor in Vietnam.

Matthews recently completed an athletics review at Washington College, where he has been the director of athletics since 1994.

Peterson-Lubow has been the head of the department of athletics and physical education at Kings Point since 1990, becoming the first female director of athletics at any of the federal service academies.
This consulting group was recently on campus for several days to meet with a cross section of individuals at the University, to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in Norwich programs and to make recommendations to the Committee on Athletics.

The Committee on Athletics will produce an interim report on the review's findings by January, with a final report due in May. The Committee on Athletics will then take any proposed changes in Norwich's athletics structure to the entire board of trustees for approval.

pubrel@norwich.edu, November 2003

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