PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College athletic teams have faced low numbers in the past.
But through the determination of the coaches and players, the sports programs have made it though the season.
The determination of the new coach and available players this year, however, will not be enough to save the women’s basketball team this season as low numbers will not allow a women’s team to be maintained.
Director of Athletics Todd Roenbeck announced last Friday the cancellation of the women’s team for the 2013-14 campaign.
“We had tryouts and we contacted students,” Roenbeck said. “We usually have between eight or 10 players on the women’s basketball team, but we had to replace all eight players from last season. We only had five or six who showed interest in playing this year. As it turned out, we ended up with five players. They’re good students and they wanted to make it work.
“But two of them have National Guard commitments on weekends. And considering the possibility of injuries and the amount of travel involved, it made it impossible for us to have a team. I waited as long as I could, but the decision had to be made to cancel the season.”
Ryan Earle, a former player on the Clinton men’s basketball team, was hired during the summer to be the women’s coach.
Roenbeck is fully expecting Earle to get that opportunity in 2014-15.
“Ryan will be doing his recruiting and our intent is having a women’s basketball team next season,” Roenbeck said. “We’ve had success in the past and we’ve had a lot of good women to play basketball here.
“The college has every intention of making this work. I feel Ryan is going to do an excellent job and I’m thankful for the support we are getting from the college. We fully expect to have a women’s team again.”
Meanwhile, the Clinton men’s basketball team is going along as planned.
“The numbers are fine on the men’s basketball team and they were fine on the men’s and women’s soccer teams this year, and that’s a reflection on the coaches,” Roenbeck said.
“I feel that Ryan will have that same kind of positive impact on the women’s basketball team.”