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University of Virginia Athletics Expects More Layoffs

Andy Berg

The University of Virginia on Friday announced layoffs in its athletic department as part of measures to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic.

The university didn’t announce how many employees will be affected by layoffs.

The cuts are the latest step taken by U.Va. In May the university announced 72 head coaches, assistant coaches and staff members would take voluntary salary reductions of 5 to 10 percent from mid-April through the end of 2020. 

“These are incredibly painful decisions, but they are, unfortunately, a necessary part of an overall strategy to address the financial challenges we face,” U.Va. athletic director Carla Williams said Friday in a statement released by the athletic department that was reported by The Virginia-Pilot. “We have a very dedicated staff and the evidence of that dedication and shared sacrifice has been at the forefront during this pandemic. Despite these challenges, the priority remains delivering championship opportunities for our coaches and student-athletes.”

Williams herself took a pay cut last spring, as well as all 20 of U.Va.’s head coaches.

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