March 2022

Lindenwood Adds Men's Ice Hockey after Collegiate Consulting Study

Lindenwood University announced on March 24 it will start men’s hockey competition. In May 2018, Collegiate Consulting, completed a comprehensive hockey feasibility study for Lindenwood. The addition of hockey comes after the University declared its intent to move to Division I and join the Ohio Valley Conference in late February,

Collegiate Consulting projected costs for 18 scholarships, an annual operating budget and a four-person hockey staff. In addition, the report recommended an additional staffing in athletic training, sports communication and academics/compliance. The men’s program would play at the 2,500-seat Centene Community Ice Center, which opened in Sept. 2019. Collegiate Consulting also projected Year One ticket revenue and hockey fundraising.


Transition Ineligibly Restricts Bellarmine from NCAA Tournament Entrance


Collegiate Consulting partner Bellarmine won the Atlantic Sun conference tournament March 8, but was denied NCAA tournament eligibility amid its Division II-to-Division I transition.

The Louisville, Ky.-based school is the first men’s team in the past 25 seasons to win its conference tournament while being ineligible for postseason play, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. With the addition of its DII history, this marks Bellarmine’s 13th 20-win campaign in the past 14 seasons.

Collegiate Consulting applauds the competitive effort and drive of the Bellarmine Knights basketball program as it powered through to victory despite struggling with the limitations of NCAA restrictions.

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With the NCAA basketball tournaments coming to an end, kudos must go to all the hard-working student-athletes, coaches and staff, but a special spotlight should shine on the women’s competition.

The 2022 tournament saw the “March Madness” branding for the first time in televised bracket coverage, fans showed massive support with record-breaking attendance and games proved extremely exciting and entertaining, including the first multiple-overtime game ever in a women’s regional.

The ratings for the women’s tournament drew a considerable at-home numbers as well: According to ESPN, the second round saw the biggest jump from previously high year 2004, averaging 474,000 viewers (a 25% boost over 2021).

Collegiate Consulting congratulates all of these impressive achievements and encourages future success!

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As we continue to engage more and more collegiate athletic departments, Collegiate Consulting is excited to acknowledge the accomplishments by the student-athletes of our past and present clients.

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