Suspending the baseball program was a tough decision for Rappahannock Community College’s president, Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther. Nevertheless, Dr. Crowther, an ardent baseball fan and a strong supporter of the RCC team, says, “We cannot advance the sport of baseball at the college unless we can do a first-rate job with the activity.” Recruiting players and providing support for them—such as housing and transportation—has proved exceptionally difficult in recent years. “Time will tell if we are able in the
future to revive a team,” says Dr. Crowther, “but for now, we must help our baseball players make their plans for the coming couple of years.”
“This is sad for the college, as RCC has long fielded an outstanding baseball team, but Coach Jack Moore and I felt that suspending the program was in the best interests of the players and the college,” continued Dr. Crowther. Other colleges, in Virginia and elsewhere, are experiencing similar challenges with their sports programs.
Coach Moore is focusing on players during this time of adjustment. He says, “We are trying to make it as easy, convenient, and painless as possible for the student-athletes. We hope that many of the players will stay at RCC to complete their education; however, we realize that many of them may want to play baseball elsewhere.” The college has arranged to meet with all the players, offering them the assistance of Coach Moore, Dean Anne Kornegay, and academic advisor David Keel to make plans for the fall semester.
The RCC team has led the two-year-college pack in Virginia as the recipient of six state community college titles, and it recently joined the National Junior College Athletic Association, which allowed it to play teams in four adjoining states.
- Submitted by Tom Martin, Rappahannock Community College