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University of Providence discontinues women's hockey program

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 30, 2020

(Editor's note: University of Providence media release)

GREAT FALLS -- The University of Providence athletic department has announced that the women’s hockey program will be discontinued immediately.

The women’s hockey program was started in 2017 but has struggled each year to recruit enough athletes to compete during the season.

“The University of Providence has fostered women’s hockey for three years," said Providence director of athletics Doug Hashley. "Currently, it is just not a viable sport for our athletic department. This decision has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, but is a decision based on a lack of enrollment in this program.”

Greg Moore was hired in 2019 as the head coach and worked diligently this past year to increase the roster size. He will remain a UP employee and transition into an assistant role for UP men’s hockey.

In addition, the University of Providence will honor the financial aid agreements for each women’s hockey student-athlete through baccalaureate graduation as long as they remain full-time students.

Fall semester is scheduled to begin on Aug. 24 for all students in on-campus programs, and students in distance education programs through the School of Health Professions will begin online on Aug. 31.