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Chalk the men’s lacrosse club up on the board of fallen UVU clubs. Struggling to overcome a debt from a year ago, the club has been engaged in a “he said, she said” battle with the university since September. The amount levied against the lacrosse team is $3000, an amount the players and coaches say is an unjust, and an issue the team feels that the school has been unwilling to work with.
“There is not going to be any ball this fall, and right now the team is trying to put together some last minute fundraising,” Sullivan said. “If they are able to do it, maybe there will be lacrosse in the spring. The situation is difficult.”
Hanging with uncertainty, raising the $3000 is not the only problem the club is facing. The team is – once again – without their head coach, Kevin Perkins. Perkins, already frustrated the way the lacrosse team has been under-appreciated over the better part of a decade, has left the team’s head coaching position. Perkins left the team in October 2011 for a personal family matter. Perkins was unavailable for comment.
“He will coach again, but it will not be with UVU,” Sullivan said. “He is done with this school. This is a coach who led the club to five national championship runs in eight years, with two national championship game appearances. We played on national television, had games hosted on the Internet and made a name for ourselves. We had teams from the east coast calling us and wanting to schedule games.”
In an attempt to plead their case, the club wrote individual letters to the Office of the Vice President, petitioning for help, as well as expressing their desires for the club to continue to operate and represent UVU. The club’s former head coach was even able to secure a face-to-face meeting, but in the end the unresolved debt was left to the club.
“It’s a messed up situation,” Sullivan said. “Our taste from all of this is that the school only cares about money.”
According to the Clubs and Organizations department at UVU, the club is still recognized as full member at UVU and informed the UVU Review that the club is in the process of applying for an extension until spring from the National Lacrosse Organization.
Students interested in volunteering to help the club with their fundraising efforts can contact the club’s president, Kyle Olsen, or their faculty advisor, Axel Ramirez, in the McKay Education building, room 112.