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February 15, 2013

UMass Lowell to join America East and elevate sports programs to Div. 1


“Quite frankly, I believe Marty’s political experience is very valuable to UMass Lowell,” said Skinner. “There are a lot of mine fields you have to avoid to do a lot of things he has been able to do. You have to get the student body, the faculty, the president’s office and the Board of Trustees all on the same page. He always looked at the role athletics could play in advancing this university. Today is a great day.”

Facilities up for overhaul

Here is a proposal to improve facilities at UMass Lowell over the next three years:

Year 1

Replace field hockey surface with D-I quality turf

Upgrade Costello Gym to D-I level for basketball

Replace natural grass soccer field with artificial grass

Year 2

Renovate team locker rooms

Further renovate of Costello Gym

Upgrade office space for coaches & staff

Year 3

Identify indoor practice facility

Provide High-Quality Facilities

More coaches and more compliance-academic support coming

Increase coaching & staff positions over 5-year period according to the following priorities

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