The University of New Haven is planning a move from Division II to FCS.
The move is being spearheaded by AD Sheahon Zenger, formerly the AD at Kansas. He told the school's student newspaper a move will “provide more opportunities and a better experience for both student-athletes and the student body.”
In addition to enhancing the Chargers' athletic profile, the move is viewed as a necessity from a strategic perspective. Northeastern universities are expected to lose more than 11 percent of their enrollment by the end of the decade -- a result of the falling birthrate following the 2008 recession -- and positioning itself as a Division I university will make New Haven more marketable to a wider swath of prospective students.
No timeline for a move was offered. Transitioning between divisions is a multi-year process.
New Haven went 7-3 under head coach Chris Pincince in 2019. The New Haven, Conn., based university competes in the Northeast-10 Conference.
The Northeast Conference would figure to be a natural home for New Haven, which also happens to have 10 teams, is filled with primarily private universities up and down the Eastern seaboard, as New Haven is.
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