Stanford will drop 11 varsity sports, including wrestling, men’s volleyball and women’s field hockey

Stanford has announced it will eliminate 11 varsity sports at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Wrestling, men’s volleyball and women’s field hockey are among the sports to be cut. The list also includes men’s and women’s fencing, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash and synchronized swimming. 

The reductions were spelled out in an open letter signed by university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne, provost Persis Drell and athletics director Bernard Muir.

“Stanford currently offers more varsity sports than nearly every other Division I university in the nation" the officials wrote. "Our goal is to provide excellent support and a world-class experience for our student-athletes in the sports that we offer.

"Over time, however, providing 36 varsity teams with the level of support that they deserve has become a serious and growing financial challenge. Each of the individuals associated with these programs will forever have a place in Stanford’s history.”

The announcement said all scholarship commitments and coaches’ contracts would be honored, and that all of the affected programs would have the opportunity to compete as club sports.

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