In the best interest of the health and safety of our campus communities, the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Presidents Council has made the difficult decision to postpone all fall sport contests and conference championships scheduled for the upcoming 2020 fall semester.
As a result of this decision, William Paterson University’s field hockey, football, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball programs will not compete against other institutions this fall.
Our hope is that improved public health conditions will allow our fall teams to compete during the spring 2021 semester. We also are working on plans to allow our fall sport student-athletes to participate in limited on-campus practice and training opportunities during the fall 2020 semester. These fall activities will not exhaust a season of your NCAA eligibility, and would be structured to comply with evolving COVID–related health and safety guidelines.
The William Paterson Athletics staff worked tirelessly with institutional, local, conference and NCAA authorities since March to plan for a return to competition this fall. We are all eager to see you back in the Orange and Black, competing in the sports you love, and we share your disappointment that we are not yet able to safely do so.
We Are Pioneers, and we will persevere through this adversity, united and stronger. Please continue to follow all public health directives, comply with personal hygiene and physical distancing guidance, and wear a face covering. Doing so helps protect you, your family, teammates, friends and community.
For more about William Paterson’s response to COVID-19, please visit the University’s information page. For more about the action taken by the NJAC, please view President Helldobler’s communication to the William Paterson community as well as the statement on njacsports.com. I also encourage you to read the 2020-21 Fall Student-Athlete FAQs for additional information.