Pfeiffer University is dropping the men's volleyball program, effective immediately. With the move to Division III and the USA South Athletic Conference, the university was unable to find a way to continue competing in the sport.
"It's with a heavy heart that we make this announcement," commented Vice President for Athletics Bob Reasso. "We've had great success in our men's volleyball program but with our move to Division III we have no alternative. There's no men's volleyball in the USA South Athletic Conference and the nearest conference we can play in starts in Virginia and goes up to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We can't ask out student-athletes to get on a bus and travel that far for competition."
Since the announcement to move to Division III was made in November 2015, Reasso, along with Head Coach Paul Lawson, tried to find a solution to keep the program alive. Unfortunately, they were unable to come up with a good answer as the lack of Division III programs in the south was a major deterrent. Lawson, who enters his fifth season with the Falcons, will continue to coach the women's volleyball team as he has for the past four seasons.
With this being on the horizon since the Division III announcement, the program didn't bring in any recruits for the upcoming season and has very few returners.
The volleyball program began competition on January 22, 2010 and has posted an all-time record of 103-86. The Falcons won two regular season championships and three conference tournament titles. In 2015, Pfeiffer advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to the eventual National Champion Loyola (Chicago).
"It's very sad that we have to make this decision but we have no other option," said Reasso.