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home : sports : sports   June 24, 2016

7/2/2013 10:25:00 AM
Chlum: Time for IVCC to decide


Kevin Chlum
Sports Editor



The IVCC administration has a decision to make about the future of the school’s athletic program.

Either IVCC officials have to be fully committed to athletics, or they have to start cutting programs or dropping athletics all together.

They can’t continue to do it halfway like they are attempting to do right now.

Like many schools and businesses, IVCC is facing financial constraints, which led the administration to reduce tuition waivers, freeze head coaches’ salaries and cut assistant coaches’ pay in all sports. This is after nearly cutting tennis before finding a volunteer head coach in Julie Milota.

All that significantly impacts IVCC’s ability to field competitive teams.

By cutting tuition waivers, it limits the number of talented athletes each sport will be able to recruit.

The top athletes from the area and beyond are going to find a school that will provide a scholarship, leaving the Eagles with the leftovers, and that’s no way to build a winning team.

By freezing head coaches’ salaries and cutting assistant coaches’ pay, it limits the pool of candidates willing to put in the long hours required to recruit, run practices, coach games and perform all the other duties required of a junior college coach.

The recent budget-conscious decisions have already cost the school one successful coach in Pat Cinotte, who resigned last week because he doesn’t like the direction IVCC’s athletic department is heading.

Cinotte led the IVCC women’s basketball team to a 103-29 record in four seasons, guiding the Lady Eagles to two NJCAA National Tournament appearances and a co-Arrowhead Conference title.

Whoever IVCC hires to replace him is going to face quite the challenge trying to maintain the success level with limited resources.

Athletics at IVCC don’t produce school spirit or community involvement like they do at other schools.

Attendance is low even when the Eagles have competitive teams, and taking away scholarships and coaches’ pay is going to make teams worse and lower attendance.

The Eagles aren’t bringing home national championships — or even conference championships and winning seasons in some sports — and only a handful of IVCC athletes earn athletic scholarships to four-year schools.

So are sports a sound investment at IVCC?

Maybe not, and maybe it’s time to drop the athletics program, or at least a few sports.

But if IVCC wants to build school and community spirit through sports — and provide athletic opportunities to area students along with the academic opportunities — then it has to give its teams a chance to be competitive with full resources.

It’s time to decide.

Kevin Chlum is the NewsTribune Sports Writer. He can reached at 220-6939, or at sports@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Bluff Pup

IVCC is facing financial constraints!

Below includes the IVCC FLOCK'S base benefits and Extra Duty Pay. LOL....LOL....

ICCB www.iccb.org - 2012 Salary information for IVCC

JEROME CORCORAN PRESIDENT Base Pay: $ 171,357
Benefits: $ 32,230 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,334

CHERYL ROELFSEMA : VP BUSINESS & FINANCE Base Pay: $ 106,637
Benefits: $ 16,329 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,240

LORI SCROGGS : VP FOR PLANNING & INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Base Pay: $ 94,907 Benefits: $ 16,669 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,634

PATRICK BERRY : CONTROLLER: Base Pay: $ 68,536
Benefits: $ 20,348 Extra Duty Pay: $ 306

GLENNA SUE JONES : DIRECTOR OF HR College: Base Pay: $ 61,693
Benefits: $ 20,295 Extra Duty Pay: $ 535

JAMIE GAHM : CONTINUING EDUCATION $ 83,594
Benefits: $ 10,991 Extra Duty Pay: $ 374

TRACY MORRIS : ASSOICIATE VP, STUDENT SERVICES Base Pay: $ 68,425 Benefits: $ 8,465 Extra Duty Pay: $ 368

The IVCC administration gravy train financial stats from 2012....


Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Bluff Pup

HEADS DEEP IN THE IVCC PUBLIC TROUGH BUT LIMITED MONIES FOR ATHLETES:

IVCC FINANCIAL LOITERING: AND THE NEWLY ELECTED BOARD VOTED AND APPROVED 3 percent raise for Jerry and his FOLK.

ICCB www.iccb.org - 2012 Salary information for IVCC

JERRY CORCORAN PRESIDENT:
Base Pay: $ 171,357

CHERYL ROELFSEMA :
VP Base Pay: $ 117, 637

LORI SCROGGS :
VP $ 117,907

GLENNA JONES:
Base Pay: $ 61,693

JAMIE GAHM
Base Pay: $ 83,594

TRACY MORRIS :
Base Pay $ 68,425


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