Postponement of fall sports announced

July 17, 2020

Dear Fellow Wildcats —

We have decided to postpone the university’s fall sports season in conjunction with our league partners, the America East Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association. While the leagues are exploring the possibility of conducting fall intercollegiate sports during the spring semester, no decision has been made.

The health and safety of our students and our communities remain the university’s top priorities. Given the nature of intercollegiate sports and how COVID-19 is spread, we and our league partners believe it is in the best interest of our student-athletes to postpone the season . As a result of this postponement and the inability to safely gather in large numbers, the traditional homecoming and family weekends in October will not be held. Decisions about winter sports competition, including basketball and ice hockey, will be made at a later date. Discussions are ongoing for a phased approach for student-athletes to safely return to practice and training in compliance with university, CDC and N.H. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.

We know this is a great disappointment for the coaches, staff, fans and the 350 student-athletes on our men’s and women’s cross country, football, field hockey, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams. We look forward to the resumption of athletic competition as soon as it is safe to do so. 

James W. Dean Jr.

Marty Scarano
Director of Athletics