May 17, 2005
Americus - Georgia Southwestern and State University is dropping their women's volleyball program and will add women's cross country to their athletic roster.
Georgia Southwestern athletic director Randolph Barksdale says the decision to drop volleyball is based in large part on the Hurricanes expected move into the Peach Belt Conference.
Barksdale says when and if Georgia Southwestern joins the Peach Belt, that only seven of the other 11 members will have volleyball teams.
Of those seven schools, five are in South Carolina and North Carolina.
And with an already tight athletic budget, Barksdale believes it is in the best financial interest of the department to drop the sport for cross-country.
Barksdale said "With the budget cuts and not having volleyball on our side, we made an effort and decided that we would add women's cross-country and drop volleyball ."
Another factor in the decision to drop volleyball was the departure of head coach Michelle Haywood-Earl.
She has accepted the job to become head coach at Alaska-Anchorage.
Georgia Southwestern hopes to hear in early June on whether the Peach Belt Conference will invite them to join the league