A concerned group from the UVM community have met and formed a committee to show their passion and and interest in baseball at the University.Their goals and objectives are:
- To support the UVM club team as it plays in the New England Club Baseball Association (NECBA)
- To support the return of high school baseball state championships to Centennial Field for the 2011 games (Completed).
- To keep baseball in the state of Vermont in the public forefront.
- To inform alumni, former players, parents and the university community of developments in bringing Division 1 baseball back to UVM.
This committee intends to work with the Athletic Administration to achieve these goals. This group called, "Friends of UVM Baseball" will be meeting on a regular basis and is looking for interested folks to sign on and express ideas and suggestions to the group.
Members of the committee include:
Bruce Bosley, Kyle Bostwick, Jim Carter, Daren Cassani, Barry Chamberland, Jeff Davis, Barry Doolan, Rick Farnham, Jeff Greene, Rick Harrison, Ed Hockenbury, Paul Jarvis, John Luter, Don MacDonald, John Packard, Tom Simon, Mike Talbot and Steve Williams.
In 2009, UVM got rid of its baseball and softball programs due to financial cuts and some groups are lobbying to bring it back.
With a new athletic director on the horizon, many involved in the process of returning baseball to the University of Vermont are hoping for positive changes in the near future.
The University of Vermont Baseball Program has a long, proud tradition dating back to the 1880’s. During this period, hundreds of Vermont high school graduates have donned the Green and Gold representing not only UVM but also their home state of Vermont. Baseball has always been one of the most successful athletic programs at UVM. In 2009, the athletic department cut both Baseball and Softball due to budget concerns. The following facts will illustrate that this was a poor, short sighted decision.