Montclair State University announced today that its wrestling and menís lacrosse sports teams would be reinstated as varsity athletic programs, starting with the fall 2005 season.
The University's decision to reclassify the programs came as a result of a successful joint effort on the part of MSU and its many supporters across New Jersey to raise the private funding needed to strengthen and sustain the University's intercollegiate sports program.
In addition to reclassifying two of the five teams that were downgraded to club status early in the year, the new funding will enable MSU to hire full-time coaches for women's soccer, women's lacrosse, and wrestling, along with an additional athletic trainer.
"The outpouring of support for our athletic programs is extremely gratifying," said Dr. Susan A. Cole, University president. "It was heartfelt, spontaneous and generous to the point where we feel confident that we have sufficient funds to operate an excellent 18 team intercollegiate program over the next several years," Cole added.