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IWC cuts felt in athletic office

Jan 27, 2014

Iowa Wesleyan College recently announced that it will be cutting a number of its faculty, staff and programs, and those cuts will have an impact in the athletic office as well.

“We are assuming we’re going to have to remove cross-country and track,” said vice president and dean for student life, Linda Buchanan. “But we’re hoping to retain some level of competition.”

The department will also be without a sports information director at the end of the school year. The current SID, Tad Hulst, also coaches cross-country and track.

After an assessment of the sports department, the school was essentially faced with a choice between soccer and track/cross-country and has decided to focus on building a viable soccer program.

As a result, IWC is looking for coaches for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The former coach of both, Brocklon Chatman, has not been with the college since November.

Track is not a SLIAC sport, which factored into the decision.

The Tigers will complete this year’s indoor and outdoor track seasons, and Buchanan says that in the fall, the school could still have a cross-country team.

“I’m not willing to say that we won’t have a cross-country team next year,” Buchanan said. “If a group of kids decides that they’re willing to do it, and we can find someone to take them to meets, then we’ll have a team.”

IWC will be cutting its sports information director position at the end of the semester. The SID was moved from a full time position to part time two years ago.

Next year, SID duties — which include keeping stats, updating the website and writing press releases — will be spread among the existing staff in the athletic office.

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