PITMAN, NJ - The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) announced today the suspension of all fall sports conference-wide in an effort to help support its member institutions’ efforts to keep their students and staff healthy. Conference leadership, however, will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring.
As a result of this decision based on health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rowan University will not compete in men’s and women’s cross country, football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball this fall.
Rowan Athletics, however, is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to enable the Profs’ student-athletes to participate in skills training and strength and conditioning sessions during the semester.
“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. Any time a decision affects student-athletes and coaches, it is extremely difficult, but there is nothing more important than their well-being,” said director of athletics Dr. John Giannini. “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.”
“With the assistance of the conference, we will also continue to monitor health developments and NCAA legislation to maximize opportunities for our student-athletes without costing their eligibility for future seasons. If possible, we will try to turn the disappointment from the fall into an opportunity for future growth and competition, perhaps as soon as this spring.”
A determination will be made at a later date as to the status of the Profs’ winter sports (men’s and women’s basketball; men’s and women’s swimming; men’s and women’s indoor track & field).