MARTIN, Tenn. – In conjunction with a recent announcement from the Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) that the sport of equestrian will continue on the NCAA’s Emerging Sports list, the University of Tennessee at Martin athletics department has announced that equestrian will remain as a varsity sport effective immediately.
Skyhawk interim athletics director Kevin McMillan informed head coach Meghan Corvin and the current equestrian team of the decision this afternoon. It had previously been announced in November 2014 that the UT Martin equestrian program would be discontinued following the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
“We are excited for our equestrian program, our student-athletes, our athletics department and our university,” McMillan said. “There has been support from so many stakeholders and the future for equestrian under Coach Corvin looks bright. We have a tremendous group of young student-athletes and they are such an asset to our university and our community. It was an honor and a pleasure to bring them good news.”
Last month, members of the CWA confirmed its support for equestrian with a vote of approval due to new organizational efforts, membership feedback and potential growth. Over the past 12 months, support for the sport of equestrian has surged with renewed enthusiasm from both NCAA membership as well as stakeholders in the equine industry. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), in collaboration with the NCAA, oversees the sport of equestrian while under the Emerging Sports umbrella.
“Thank you to all of those who have supported the program through this transition,” said Corvin, who has served as UT Martin’s head coach since the program was conceived in 2005. “Moving forward, we will continue to rely heavily on private support and we would not have such positive news today without such backing. Under this new model, our program can be self-sustaining. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to provide these exceptional young ladies a first-class Division-I experience at UT Martin.”
UT Martin has participated in the NCEA postseason tournament in nine out of 10 seasons under Corvin. The Skyhawks have annually been ranked in the NCEA top-10 national polls and have produced seven All-Americans in their storied history.