Alderson-Broaddus College officials announced on Monday that the athletic department is adding five new sports to its lineup.
Football, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, women's tennis and men's volleyball are set to begin competition in 2012.
"It's an exciting time for Alderson-Broaddus College," said Alderson-Broaddus College athletic director Dennis Creehan. "We will be adding these sports immediately as part of a new academic business model to help leverage growth of our institution."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Alderson-Broaddus College announced the addition of five new sports to its athletic lineup on Monday. During the press conference, pictures and artwork of proposed facilities which will house the new teams were on display (above). Football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s volleyball will begin competition in 2012.
Football will start off playing as an independent and will then join the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2013 season.
Creehan, who took the athletic director job at the school two months ago, was named head coach of the new football team.
"I wanted to help with the football team and get this started," said Creehan. "I will also help with all the other sports as well. I just want to point the athletic department in the right direction.
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"We've also hired some assistant coaches already that helped me coach football at Wesleyan.
"Once we get all the coaches lined up, we will start recruiting heavily."
Men's volleyball will also be a fall sport and will join the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division.
Men's and women's lacrosse will be a spring sport, along side women's tennis.
"My main goal is to help get these sports going, and to get the right coaches for the job," said Creehan. "It's been a long process and it will take a lot of work and effort, but I like where we're headed."
The college is in the process on building a new multi-sport complex for all of the new sports teams.
The college plans on breaking ground on the athletic complex in April
"This stadium will house men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse and football," said Creehan. "Along with the normal attributes like locker room facilities, stadium seating, concessions, a president's box and media boxes. It will have a turf field and lights, so our student athletes can play night games."
The college plans to add a marching band, cheerleading and dance team as well as other activities in 2013.