For the first time, four-year students at the New England School of Communications in Bangor will be allowed to participate in varsity athletics for Husson University beginning in the fall.
The NCAA Division III Administrative Committee formally approved the athletics consortium membership arrangement between Husson and NESCOM in May, so NESCOM students will be able to play on any of Husson’s 15 varsity teams.
“It’s very exciting,” said Husson athletic director Bob Reasso. “It’s great that NESCOM kids will have the chance to participate in athletics and it’s also great for our students, coaches and athletic department.”
Reasso said the driving force behind the move was Husson University President Bob Clark and that he deserves the credit for making it happen.
“President Clark embraced this and he had to lead the charge because this isn’t something athletic directors can get approved. It has to go through the presidents,” said Reasso.
Husson’s athletic teams participate in four different conferences and Reasso said the school presidents in each conference had to approve the deal.
Reasso said if one conference didn’t approve it, “it probably would have been tabled and we wouldn’t have been able to begin in the fall.
“A lot of people helped make this possible,” said Reasso, who also praised North Atlantic Conference commissioner Julie Muller for her role.
NESCOM students will have to abide by the same NCAA Division III eligibility requirements as Husson student-athletes, including a course load of at least 12 credit hours per semester.
NESCOM had 525 students this past school year and the four-year Bachelor of Science program includes majors in audio engineering, journalism, live sound technology, market communications, radio broadcasting, sports journalism, video production and web media.
Tuition, room and board and additional student expenses, including books, are similar.
During the 2009-2010 school year, it came to $23,239 per year to attend Husson and $21,494 to attend NESCOM.
Students from NESCOM have always been able to take Husson courses and Husson students have been able to take NESCOM courses.
Reasso said they have had a “wonderful relationship” with NESCOM and he praised NESCOM president Thom Johnston and executive director of video production Rodney Verrill for their work in making it a reality.
Johnston said in a press release that he was pleased with the development.
“One of the questions asked of NESCOM by prospective students has been whether we offer any college-level sports,” said Johnston. “Now, with our consortium agreement, we can answer, ‘yes.’
“This will be a good opportunity for our students to add another dimension to their college lives and we appreciate the diligent efforts of athletic director Reasso and president Clark in successfully pursuing this arrangement,” said Johnston.
Longtime Husson University women’s soccer coach Keith Bosley said this is an excellent development.
“This will give us an opportunity to recruit another group of students,” said Bosley. “NESCOM has some great 21st century majors that students are interested in. I think it’s a great marriage. I wish it had happened five years ago.”
Reasso said deputy director of athletics and men’s soccer coach Jeff Gettler is organizing a get-together for Husson coaches with NESCOM administrators so they can a more thorough understanding of the courses offered by NESCOM.
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