Statement from Head Coach Erica Walsh
July 25, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - We accept the things we cannot change and with Monday's announcement, can now look forward to creating our future. While our thoughts are with victims and their families, our focus will be on our great student-athletes in the women's soccer program as well as in the entire athletic department. We will continue to support one another and stand proud as we represent our outstanding University. We have learned valuable lessons from this tragedy and are determined to be leaders and role models in the community.
The women's soccer team will continue to excel. Our program will be funded in scholarships and operating budgets at least at the same level we are now for the next five years as mandated by the NCAA. It is important to know that no program at Penn State shall be dropped and no funding shall be reduced for any other sports program as a result of the sanctions and financial penalties Penn State received. President Erickson, Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz and acting athletic director Dave Joyner met with all head coaches to reaffirm this commitment.
With that being said, the 2012 academic and athletic campaign is right around the corner. Our players have trained extremely hard this summer and are looking forward to the first day of practice on August 1st. We have an opportunity to begin a new era in Penn State Athletics and build upon our storied history and traditions. With the help from our fans, donors, alumni and friends, we can assure that the future is bright for this great department and University. We need your support now more than ever and will continue to make you both proud on the field and in the classroom. In the past year, we defended our Big Ten title, achieved an overall 3.3 team GPA, and won the award for most money raised by a team for THON. I am extremely proud of our student-athletes and I look forward to welcoming eight new faces in just over a week.
We are Penn State!