UVa-Wise officials hope to start a women’s lacrosse team by next year in line with the athletic department’s strategic plan as they move into the NCAA and attract new talent.
Ten students have shown interest so far, said Associate Athletic Director Kendall Rainey. The real interest, though, may come from outside the college.
“We hope to appeal to students across Virginia, as lacrosse is popular in the northern and central regions and emerging [in the] southwest,” she said.
Rainey said the athletic department hopes to search for and hire a head coach in the spring, and start a club season by the 2013-2014 year.
If all goes according to plan, the team could play in varsity competition by the 2014-2015 season in time for the school’s planned entrance into the NCAA’s Division II in 2015.
“This is an exciting time for UVa-Wise athletics as we continue to grow opportunities for students,” she said. “Our goal is for UVa-Wise to be in the conversation for potential students across the state, and exploring women’s lacrosse is a step in the that process.”
Women interested in joining the team can contact Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-376-4584.
Meanwhile, sophomore criminal justice major Joe Kostelac hopes to form a lacrosse club on campus with the goal of developing it into a men’s lacrosse team some day.
Kostelac said he’s had one meeting and about 17 people express interest in joining the student group, which would not be associated with the athletic department.
“This all got started when I got tired of throwing the lacrosse ball against the wall and realized that there were a lot of people who were curious about the sport,” he said. “A lot of people were interested in the rules and how to throw and what exactly lacrosse was.”
Kostelac said he has a few extra lacrosse sticks of his own and hopes to acquire a few more over winter break for the group to use.
Students interested in joining the group can contact Kostelac at email@example.com.