After 126 years of fielding a football team, Wyoming Seminary announced on Monday that it has suspended the Blue Knights’ football program.According to a press release from the school, inadequate student-athlete interest was the contributing factor in the decision.
The Blue Knights had approximately 30 players on its 2010 roster and the decision to suspend the program was out of respect for the team’s players and the Blue Knights’ opponents, the release stated.
Football has been a part of Sem athletics since 1884 and has enjoyed many seasons of success, including a 32-game unbeaten steak in the late 1970s and early 80s.
“The decision to suspend the football program was indeed a very difficult on and in no way reflects on the performance of our players or staff,” Upper School Dean Jay Harvey said in the press release.
“The suspension gives up an opportunity to reevaluate and to develop a program for future student-athletes.
“We are already developing a plan to engage administrators, trustees, alumni and parents to review the dynamics of the program and the student-athletes and facilities necessary to ensure its success.”
The 2006 season marked an increase in participation, which helped lead the team to a 7-2 record.
The momentum carried the program until the 2010 season when a majority of the team, consisting of seniors and post graduates, graduated.
The Blue Knights finished the 2010 season with a 3-6 record, beating Kiski Prep, Cushing Academy and Bronx Rebels.
Phone messages left for Karen Klassner, Wyoming Seminary’s athletic director, and Terry Karg, the Blue Knights’ head football coach, were not returned.