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UNH releases annual state of athletics report: Things could get tougher in 2012
The University of New Hampshire released its annual report Monday on the state of athletics.
UNH struggled during the 2011 fiscal year to generate external revenue in the current economy.
According to the report, the athletic department’s three largest expense items are scholarships, salaries, benefits and facility maintenance. They comprise 70 percent of the total budget.
“The year has been a challenge due to the nature of the national economy and the unprecedented budgetary cutbacks from our state,” athletic director Marty Scarano wrote in the report. “Similar to the rest of the university, the athletics department is working diligently to become even more efficient, extend already lean resources and carry on the high standard of excellence that has been established over the years.”
The outlook for FY 2012 could be even worse. The state has cut funding to the university system by 45 percent. According to the report, the school has begun looking at budget cuts at all levels, including athletics.
Those areas the athletic department will be considering include freezing vacant positions, salaries, and current scholarship awards; restricting team travel to the northeast corridor; restricting the number of games; restructuring ticket prices; and adding guaranteed games.
It will also consider an increased dependence on annual funds to contribute toward operating expenses.
Of UNH’s $25 million athletics budget, 30 percent comes from revenue (ticket sales, NCAA/conference distributions, sports camps, royalties/sponsorships, annual gifts, endowments and miscellaneous), the report said, and 70 percent comes from allocated revenue (institutional support and student fees).
UNH’s athletic budget comprises approximately 4 percent of the average institutional budget while the majority of Football Championship Subdivision athletic departments comprise 5 percent of the total institutional budget.
“UNH athletics is a very efficient and lean organization,” Scarano wrote.
In short, the Wildcats must do a lot with a little.
UNH ranked 76th out of 370 Division I schools in the Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup standings. It was first in America East and first among FCS public schools, and second among all schools in the Colonial Athletic Association.
UNH ranked third in New England behind Connecticut (44th) and Boston College (64th).
The football and men’s hockey teams reaching the national quarterfinals were among the highlights of the 2010-11 school year.
The hockey team made the NCAA tournament for the 14th time in 15 years and the football program has the longest streak in the nation with seven straight appearances in the FCS playoffs.
The football team has also been ranked in the top 25 nationally for 97 consecutive weeks, tops in the CAA.
The field hockey and men’s soccer teams reached the conference final.
Gymnastics coach Gail Goodspeed registered her 500th career win and men’s basketball coach Bill Herrion collected his 300th.
The women’s swimming and diving team won the ECAC championship for the first time since 2005 and the women’s outdoor track and field team captured the New England title for the first time in the program’s history.
Senior Paul Thompson was named Hockey East player of the year and senior Sara Heldman was the first volleyball player in America East to be named setter of the year and defensive specialist of the year in the same season.