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.
- Only 23% of the current freshman class at UVM is comprised of Vermonters.
- Currently there are 90 Vermont high school graduates playing college baseball at other universities or colleges including 9 that are playing at Division I schools.
- Baseball always had the highest percentage of Vermonters participating, always ranging between 25-50%. Currently only 13% of UVM athletes are Vermonters.
- During the last 10 years, baseball had a record of 133 wins and 100 losses within America East League play.
- During Bill Currier’s 22 years as head coach 1987-2009, player graduation rate was 95%.
- During the last 10 years baseball was played, UVM had more players drafted by Major League Teams than any other current America East schools.
- From 2000-2009, native Vermont players have received numerous awards:
- America East Player of the Year- Kyle Brault, Milton.
- America East Pitcher of the Year- Jamie Merchant, Colchester.
- America East Rookie of the Year- Jeff Barry, Essex.
|Men’s Basketball 38% increase ||Current budget $1,509,238.00|
|Women’s Basketball 32% increase ||Current budget $1,409,201.00|
|Men’s Lacrosse 79% increase ||Current budget $972,297.00|
|Women’s Lacrosse 69% increase ||Current budget $848,907.00|
|Skiing 37% increase ||Current budget $1,048,123|
*This illustrates that the strategy embraced by the UVM Athletic Department in 2009 was unsuccessful and has been detrimental to Vermont student athletes.
*The financial data gathered for this report was obtained from the University of Vermont Athletic Administration citing both the Freedom of Information Act and The Vermont Right the Know Law.