Augustana To Add Two Varsity Teams
Augustana will add two new varsity teams next year. The men's volleyball and women's bowling teams will both have NCAA status, raising the number of varsity sports at the college up to 25.
Assistant director of athletics, Dave Wrath, says the new sports have been in discussion since the men's and women's lacrosse teams were added in 2011.
The Augustana men's volleyball team will be independent for the first year, then apply to join the Midwest Men's Volleyball Conference, which now has 14 teams.
The women's bowling team will be independent, and not join a conference.
Wrath says the two new varsity teams will expand the opportunities for Augustana students.
A full time volleyball coach and a part time bowling coach will be hired this spring to begin recruitment.
The men's volleyball season will run from January to mid-April and women's bowling goes from October to March.
Just across the river, St. Ambrose University already has varsity teams in both sports.