Thirty-three days after the College of New Caledonia announced it would be cutting the BCCAA varsity volleyball program, about 40 concerned citizens attended an information session at the college Tuesday night.
The group included former Kodiaks head coaches Steve Wagner, Brian Bird as well as current and future hopefuls who had aspirations of playing for the Kodiaks in the upcoming seasons.
Friends of the Kodiaks spokesperson Sue Richards said she was happy with the turnout for the session.
“I think we had some really good feedback and I’m really looking forward to getting together with some of the people who volunteered to help. There were some awesome ideas thrown out here that I never would have thought about. I think with a concerted effort we’ll have a lot more strength,” said Richards, whose daughter Vicki had committed to CNC for next season, with a scholarships.
The volleyball program was cut due to the $1.4 million deficit for the 2005-06 school year. CNC president Ralph Troschke said at the time the decision was based strictly on financial reasons.
The Kodiaks budget last season was just over $94,402, the bulk of it going towards travel expenses with the team making five road trips during the season, to a total of $41,000. When CNC athletic director Ann Oishi prepared her budget for the upcoming season she was looking for a $28,000 increase.
“I thought I would have to fight for the extras,” said Oishi. “I was never given an opportunity to readjust the budget after they made the decision to drop the program.”
The college board will meet behind closed doors on April 22 to approve the budget.