Club sports teams face budget cuts after the expansion – The Quinnipiac Chronicle
In 2019, the first 10 club sports were launched with a budget of $ 5,000 per team. In 2020, they received around $ 3,580 each with two additional teams. In 2021, when Quinnipiac University recognized 21 club sports, each team received an average of $ 3,364.
Club sports leaders asked the university for over $ 100,000 that year but received only $ 74,000 total, according to multiple sources. Executives were offered two options: take $ 43,000 while the university agreed to pay the sports coaches, or $ 74,000 with an additional $ 75 in membership fees to cover some of the training itself. The club sports advisory board voted for the latter.
Freshman law student and club rugby president Drake Marchese stated that his team first made a list of what it needed and wanted, which came in at around $ 5,000. The team narrowed it down to $ 4,500 but received only $ 3,333 from the university. Marchese said it wasn’t enough.
“It was basically what we needed to run our club organization successfully,” said Marchese.
Marchese said he needed to raise fees to pay the coaches and to cover the additional $ 1,000 the team needed. Although the season hasn’t started yet, Marchese said he had already felt the effects of the unexpectedly low funding.
“We can buy things with the money we’ve been allocated, but we have to hesitate because our main season is fall and we will use a large part of our budget for this season,” Marchese said. “But then we’ll also have sevens in the spring. So we thought about how we can ensure that our players, who now pay even more, can get at least two different rugby seasons. “
Campus Life for Recreation Director Michael Medina stated that the 10 initial teams received an allocation of $ 5,000 in 2019. He said that third year these teams don’t need that much money. Instead, the student representatives on the board concentrated more on the start-up costs of the new teams.
“We have been very strategic in allocating this money as our allocation is made through our students,” said Medina. “The club sports advisory board takes over the entire allocation of funds to our school groups.”
Although Medina admitted that students want more money, he said it was a “very healthy” amount compared to other institutions.
The average membership for each team is about $ 250 or less, Medina said. After starting new teams, he believes there will be more money for club sports in the next school year.
“It is very difficult to fully cover the start-up costs of each team,” said Medina. “We really focused on what the needs of teams versus luxury and make sure we try to cover as much of the needs as possible.”
Medina made it clear that $ 74,000 was handed out to the 21 teams, but there was another large chunk of the university devoted to club sports that went into athletic training. Although he said the total fund is larger than it was in 2019, there are also more teams.
Jonah Cohen, junior major in graphic and interactive design and president of men’s club football, told The Chronicle that the newly recognized clubs received an additional $ 1,100 on top of the $ 74,000 allotted for each team.
Cohen said his men’s soccer team, one of the new clubs, asked for around $ 4,000 but got only $ 2,750, plus another $ 1,100 for new teams. He said it was enough to keep the club running.
“(The amount the men’s soccer team got) still gave us a bit of extra money to work with,” Cohen said. “Every team values a little bit high just to see, and then we work together to bring it down accordingly.”
Regarding the team contributions, the board voted for an additional fee of $ 75 in exchange for more money from the university. Cohen said this helped new teams get started, otherwise they would have to double their membership fees to cover many expenses.
“A lot of the old teams were pretty personable,” said Cohen. “We had all these high expenses, so everyone was very kind to our perspective.”
He confirmed that the club sports directors, who are employees of the university, did not interfere at all in the award. He said they were waiting for the students to find out everything.
Club Rugby’s Marchese said the university’s club sports staff were “amazing” and had done everything they could to represent the students. It looks different for the administration.
“Given how other money has already been spent, I don’t think (the administration) is interested in any of the student organizations, I think,” Marchese said.
Quinnipiac added two new teams in the fall semester 2020 – Esports and Women’s Run.
This year the university honored 10 more teams – baseball, men’s basketball, climbing, field hockey, golf, powerlifting, men’s roller hockey, men’s running, men’s soccer, and men’s volleyball. The men’s running team merged with the women’s running team.