Towson decision to drop two teams is shortsighted and wrong

March 28, 2013

As a former college baseball coach, I implore Towson University President Maravene S. Loeschke to reconsider her decision to drop the school's baseball and soccer programs ("Ire grows after Towson president cuts two teams," March 24). We all know there are other, fairer solutions that would allow the school to be in compliance with Title IX, but they require more effort on her part.

I have coached baseball for 27 years at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Lafayette College and Penn State University, and I cherished my relationship with Towson University coaches Billy Hunter and Mike Gottlieb. Ms. Loeschke and Athletic Director Mike Waddell have only worked at Towson for a few years and I believe they have not had sufficient time to appreciate the school's rich history in these two sports.

Years ago, Temple University's president attempted a similar action to drop baseball and gymnastics, prompting a similar backlash. We were able to show him other ways to save these programs and thankfully, he reversed his unpopular decision and these sports are alive and well today at Temple.

Joe Hindelang

The writer, now retired, coached baseball at Penn State University.

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