University of Nevada-Reno disbanding their historic NCAA rifle team
By Chris Eger
Although it has won more NCAA titles than any other athletic program at the school, the Wolf Pack is set to hang up their rifles at the end of the season. (Photos: University of Nevada – Wolf Pack Rifle Team)
One of the most successful Division I rifle programs in the country will be no more after next Fall. The University of Nevada’s athletics department announced last week that they will end the Wolf Pack Rifle Team at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, replacing it with a cross-country team.
University President Marc Johnson said the moves “best represent Wolf Pack athletics in the current intercollegiate athletics landscape and our future within the NCAA and the Mountain West Conference,” stressing the school will continue to fully support the rifle program through the current season.
The public research university said that, while the rifle team has had a string of successes in its existence, it has found it hard in recent years to continue as the pool of competitors has shrunk, with just 30 Division I programs nationwide— about a quarter of which are military academies — currently sponsoring the sport including only three schools west of the Rockies. However, as pointed out by