The Athletic Department announced earlier this week that Kelsey Balcom, sophomore nursing major, will not return to play for the women’s basketball team next season.
Balcom declined an interview with The Bulletin, but said via text message on Wednesday, “I would rather not make it a bigger deal than it already is. I think it is best that I stay quiet for right now.”
But Jory Collins, head coach, said in an email that Balcom said her decision came from being unable to balance both nursing school and basketball “the way she wanted to.” Collins declined further interview.
Balcom’s younger sister, Megan, has also withdrawn her commitment to play for the Hornets next season.
Collins told The Bulletin in February that Balcom’s presence on the team this season was that of leadership.
“Kelsey is an obvious leader on our team,” Collins said in the February interview. “She is one of our more talented players, even as a sophomore. We are really excited to have her leadership on our team.”
Balcom was the MIAA Freshmen of the Year and earned Honorable Mention All MIAA last season, according to ESU’s website.