July 28, 2020 –
The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced today that the league will suspend all fall sports. The conference will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring.
The decision was reached based on health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rowan University is a member of the NJAC, playing on the NCAA Division III level. The sports affected are; men’s and women’s cross country, football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The student-athletes can take part in skills training and conditioning sessions.
“This is obviously a COVID-19 driven decision that matches the decisions made by many conferences throughout the NCAA out of concern for student-athletes, their coaches and the potential of spreading COVID-19 to at risk family and friends,” said Director of Athletics Dr. John Giannini. “Any time a decision affects student-athletes and coaches, it is extremely difficult, but there is nothing more important than their well being. We will provide the best possible support for our student-athletes in academics and mental health, while giving them the opportunity to train and practice safely to make sure they continue to progress as students and as competitors. Our priorities remain to see them stay healthy, to graduate, succeed in life and achieve their athletic goals.”
The Profs are the defending conference champions in Women’s Cross Country.
A decision will be made at a later date as to the status of the winter sports. Rowan fields teams in; men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.
Written By: Glenn Papazian