BHC to merge athletic programs

Black Hawk College announced plans Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, to merge the three athletic teams at its East Campus in Galva with the athletic teams at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline effective at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. The affected teams include women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball.

“This decision was very difficult and one that was not made lightly. The uncertainty of state funding and rising costs contributed to this decision,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College president.

Dr. Truitt said the merger will save the college more than $150,000 annually.

Black Hawk College is one of only five community colleges in the nation with multi-campus athletic programs. This move will allow the college to focus resources more efficiently during challenging budget times.

“We are proud of the success our East Campus student-athletes have enjoyed on the court but just as importantly, in the classroom,” Dr. Truitt said.

“We also appreciate the dedication of our coaches and athletics staff and the support from our fans and the community, all of whom have contributed to the success of our East Campus student-athletes.”

Black Hawk College currently fields teams in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball, women’s softball and men’s golf at the Quad-Cities Campus. Athletic tuition waivers for all of the East Campus players will be honored through the 2016-17 academic year. The college will assist each student-athlete as they evaluate their future educational plans.

 

Last updated 10/23/2015