Pitt-Bradford postpones fall sports

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BRADFORD, PA. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford became the latest school to postpone fall sports in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School President Dr. Catherine Koverola made the announcement on Monday evening.

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), of which Pitt-Bradford is a member of, has not made any formal announcement on fall sports.

The statement from Koverola read:

In light of the pandemic, we have decided to postpone all Pitt Bradford fall varsity sports programs this year, which affects our men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s golf and women’s tennis teams. We are not alone in making this decision. Many other Division III schools in Pennsylvania and across the United States have also decided to suspend fall sports.

I know this is disappointing news for many of you, but as you know, we are focused on maximizing our educational mission while ensuring the Pitt Bradford community and our neighbors in the surrounding communities are as safe and healthy as possible. We simply do not have the resources necessary to create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate Division III athletic competition that meets our safety requirements.

We hope conditions will improve in the spring to enable us to play both our fall and winter sports. As we make decisions, we will continue to monitor Pitt Bradford campus conditions and follow guidance from many scientific sources, including the University of Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Advisory Group, which includes world-renowned experts in the health sciences and public health fields.

Though we will not have fall varsity sports competitions, we will follow guidance from the NCAA to develop ways to provide safe, alternative physical activities for our students. As those plans develop, I will share that information with you. Please remember to take care of yourselves and others by maintaining physical distance and wearing a face covering, and show kindness and compassion as we continue to navigate through these troubling times.

Dr. Catherine Koverola

President | University of Pittsburgh at Bradford