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February 14, 2013

UMass Lowell steps up to Division 1

UMass Lowell to join America East and elevate sports programs to Div. 1


“Quite frankly, I believe Marty’s political experience is very valuable to UMass Lowell,” said Skinner. “There are a lot of mine fields you have to avoid to do a lot of things he has been able to do. You have to get the student body, the faculty, the president’s office and the Board of Trustees all on the same page. He always looked at the role athletics could play in advancing this university. Today is a great day.”



Facilities up for overhaul Here is a proposal to improve facilities at UMass Lowell over the next three years: Year 1 Replace field hockey surface with D-I quality turf Upgrade Costello Gym to D-I level for basketball Replace natural grass soccer field with artificial grass Year 2 Renovate team locker rooms Further renovate of Costello Gym Upgrade office space for coaches & staff Year 3 Identify indoor practice facility Provide High-Quality Facilities More coaches and more compliance-academic support coming Increase coaching & staff positions over 5-year period according to the following priorities Assistant coaches in America East Sports of Emphasis Head coaches in men's & women's lacrosse in 2014-15/assistants the next year Assistant coaches in all other sports NCAA compliance & academic support America East Conference Albany Binghamton Hartford Maine UMBC UNH Stonybrook Vermont Boston University* * BU is leaving for the Patriot League in September

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