DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire announced today the release of its 2010-11 "State of Athletics" report. The 14-page document includes highlights from the 2010-11 season, sport-by-sport summaries and much more.
Dear Friends of UNH,
The 2010-11 academic year was simultaneously uplifting and challenging for the athletic department. Our intercollegiate programs once again maintained a highly competitive standard and the student-athletes excelled in their classrooms. We won a number of league championships, competed in NCAA postseason play and brought much recognition to the University and state.
The year has been a challenge due to the nature of the national economy and the unprecedented budgetary cutbacks from our state. Similar to the rest of the University, the athletics department is working diligently to become even more efficient, extend already lean resources and carry on the high standard of excellence that has been established over the years. Our staff, coaches and student-athletes will utilize every single measure available to them and will not compromise what we have worked so hard to achieve.
UNH remains one of the very best public, land-grant institutions in the nation, recognized for its undergraduate teaching, research and breadth of student experience. Intercollegiate athletics embodies all the same attributes, and our aggregate success is in synch with the institution at large. The faculty, administration, deans and advisors all deserve recognition for their commitment and hard work in helping the student-athletes realize their accomplishments in the classroom.
Equally important, all of our programs have perpetuated broad-based success, many attaining national prominence. UNH athletics is once again among the very best in the country, as evidenced by our placement in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Our department ranked highest in the America East Conference and among all Football Championship Subdivision public schools, second highest among all CAA schools, third best in New England (Connecticut-No. 44, Boston College No. 64) and 76th among the 370 D-I programs in the nation. No other D-I institution achieves these results with similar lean resources.
This annual report is meant to capture the essence of the just-completed year and to illustrate the challenges that lie ahead. You will find comprehensive breakdowns on the athletic and academic exploits of our student-athletes and teams, our department’s philosophy and culture, the financial picture, a look at our ongoing, aggressive fundraising efforts and, in conclusion, specific team-by-team appendices.
We are proud to represent this fine University, and you can rest assured that when we venture from our borders, we do so with a commitment to excellence. Second place is never satisfactory, and our entire staff will re-dedicate themselves to improving on last year’s success.
On behalf of our staff, coaches and all of the fine student-athletes, we thank you for your interest and, most of all, your support.