Youngstown State cutting 22 sports positions due to pandemic

Some assistant coaches and sports department support staff will lose their jobs as Youngstown State eliminates 22 positions as part of budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Athletic director Ron Strollo said about half of the 22 are coaching positions. The school has 21 intercollegiate sports, and none are being eliminated.

Strollo said as an enrollment-boosting measure that the school had added men's swimming and women's lacrosse and doubled the size of the men's and women's cross-country teams before the pandemic and that uncertainty about the future adversely affected revenue.

The personnel cuts and other moves in the sports department are expected to save $2 million, said Strollo, who along with coaches took pay cuts ranging from 6% to 10%.

New football coach Doug Phillips was in the process of hiring his coaching staff when the school was forced to shut down. Four positions in the football program will be eliminated, Strollo said, but they don't include any on-field coaching personnel.