Wright State Cutting Men’s, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Wright State University announced new cost-cutting measures this week that will drop the school’s men’s and women’s swim & dive teams, effective immediately.

Wright State published a press release Friday morning making the announcement. The school says it expects to save about $500,000 a year by cutting the programs. As is typical in these situations, Wright State says it will honor scholarships for swimmers and divers until they graduate if they remain at Wright State.

The Raider men and women become the fourth and fifth swim & dive programs to get the axe this season. Buffalo cut its men’s program last month and North Dakota elected to drop both its men’s and women’s programs back in March.

Wright State competed in the Horizon League, with the men taking 4th and the women 7th this past season. The Horizon League could be dropping to just 6 women’s programs and 5 men’s programs. That’s because Wright State cut its programs and Valparaiso is expected to leave the conference for the Missouri Valley Conference next season.


The full Wright State press release is below:

Wright State University announced today that Intercollegiate Athletics will implement cost-cutting measures that will eliminate men’s and women’s swimming & diving, effective immediately.

Athletics expects to save approximately $500,000 annually in scholarship costs, salaries, team budgets, travel and facility maintenance, once all of the cutbacks are fully realized.  The department will continue to honor the financial aid of all student-athletes affected until they graduate.  These student-athletes will be permitted, by NCAA rules, to transfer to another institution without penalty.

“This is the most difficult decision I have been involved with since it will have such a large impact on the lives of our student-athletes and staff,” Wright State director of athletics Bob Grant said.  “These student-athletes have been great ambassadors for the University, in and out of competition.”

“We have spent the past few months working with the University leadership to find ways to help with the financial crisis on campus,” Grant said.  “Unfortunately, in these difficult times, we need to do what is in the long-term, best interests of the University.”

Grant met with the coaches involved in the decision yesterday, and the student-athletes were informed this morning.

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Save money? I think not! Smoke screen to r reallocate the funds. Saving money means every program cuts back! And if you can’t be competitive cutting back then you are competing in the wrong environment. I’m all for dreaming big, but come on!!!The biggest problem with collegiate sports are the delusional people in charge, not funding! The collegiate world has completely lost sight of the purpose of sport combined with formal education.


It may be a smoke screen to reallocate funds to other programs to make them more competitive but that is what their job is. They get tasked with the tough job of saying is this bringing value to our university and to our students. We have lost site of the funding of these programs that bring in no money. All I see here is blame how football is more valued and it’s not fair. We’ll how many people buy jersey, concessions, season tickets (with extra donations as well) to watch them? Then compare that to our sport. 99% bring in little to no money. The students don’t care to watch meets but thousands will show up to football games. The… Read more »


So tired of hearing the argument of revenue versus non-revenue. Thousands may show up to watch football but at the end of the day, those programs spend much more then they generate. Maybe five NCAA institutions could survive athletically without the student fees. And when those programs keep losing ground to those that spend more and have more success, the “non-revenue” programs get cut because of the myth that a college campus can’t recruit enough non athletes or survive without football on the weekend! Please research the vast majority of football programs in this country that use “student fees” to operate their program only to perpetuate the illusion that they are profitable or revenue generating. Don’t want to hear about… Read more »


Not sure what you want us to take away from your post? Is it the 20-30 out of 1000 football programs actually do make money without student fees? So by all means copy their successful model! What next? The business department starts to teach small business to use 80% of their revenue to put into marketing because that is the same dollar amount that The Home Depot spends, and then they fire all the people in HR because they don’t generate any income for the business. Sounds like the same logic taking place in Athletic Departments around the country. And by the way, all those listed, please tell me how many make money after the entire department is factored in……you’ll… Read more »


After doing a significant amount of research into the funding for each time at UB for example, and the revenue of them, I can assure you that even football doesn’t pull much of a profit if any because their spending is through the roof. It’s all proportional, the swim teams spend less, but also bring in less- sure. The football team also spends $70,000/HOME GAME staying at a hotel across the street from the dorms. If they actually tried to save the proposed amount of money ($2 million in UB’s case), then we have found several ways to do so without cutting any teams. It involves cutbacks for all teams, and for key wealthy personnel in the athletic department which… Read more »


Given the student fees that go toward football, there’s no way on god’s green earth that UB football turns a profit.


Unfortunately this is the choice universities like Wright State are making – entertain students. The proper choice is offering more opportunities for students beyond the classroom and studies that broaden and challenges them. That is what higher education institutions are suppose to do – whether it is in the arts or athletics – participation in these endeavors us honorable. What Wright State University has done here – is a fundamental shift – resulting in less opportunities for its students. The drain on the athletic department funding isn’t the swimming program. Certainly, the long history of the Raiders swimming and diving has resulted in many outstanding student/athlete graduates. Reaching out to the alumni base to work out a long term plan… Read more »


Wright State doesn’t have a scholarship football program, so everything you contend is invalid. They have a club level team that competes in the NCFA.


Saving $500,000 a year, yet Wright State is increasing athletic funding by $1.6 million. Nice.


It’s the same thing with UB- saving $2M/year by cutting 4 programs, yet suddenly in-state tuition is going to be free for NYS residents (with some strings attached of course) who have under a certain threshold household income. The timing is far too suspicious to just be a coincidence…


And dismissing how much staff…
I’m a local and know employee that have been laid off, called back, and now permanently let go. This is a WSU issue, not swimming.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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