Augustana Athletics

Augustana College will honor some of its best student-athletes this weekend. Seven names will be added to the Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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For the ninth time in 14 years, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin has named Augustana men's basketball coach, Grey Giovanine, Coach of the Year. Going into the conference tournament this weekend, his team is ranked third in NCAA Division III, with a 23-2 record. 

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The Augustana Vikings are in Salem, Va. to play Williams in the NCAA Division III semifinals, trying to win their first national title. 

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.