Bloomsburg University will add women's volleyball as a varsity sport to begin competitive play in the fall of 2018. The addition of the program will provide Huskies' student-athletes with more opportunities to compete, and succeed, in 10 men's varsity programs and 11 women's varsity programs at the University.
"We are very excited about the addition of women's volleyball as an intercollegiate sport," said Bloomsburg University President Dr. David L. Soltz. "Volleyball fits with the mission of the University and aligns with the sports offered in our student recruitment area. I believe it will greatly enhance the student experience at BU."
A nationwide search to hire a full-time women's volleyball coach will commence immediately.
"The addition of women's volleyball will continue to bolster our recruitment efforts across the entire region," said Bloomsburg University Director of Athletics Dr. Michael McFarland. "We are privileged, with this announcement, to be able to provide another opportunity for women to play an intercollegiate varsity sport, and complement our existing sports, here at BU."
With the addition of the women's volleyball, 17 of the 18 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools will compete in the sport in the fall of 2018. Last season, Gannon University captured the conference title while five schools – California, Edinboro, Gannon, Pitt-Johnstown, and Shippensburg – advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional of the eight available spots in the region.
"We are pleased to hear of Bloomsburg's plans to add volleyball," said PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray. "It's great that they are creating additional opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the Division II level and within the PSAC. We are excited to have them."
The PSAC currently divides the schools that offer volleyball into four divisions – Central (Pitt-Johnstown, Shippensburg, Millersville, Lock Haven), Northwest (Gannon, Edinboro, Mercyhurst, Slippery Rock), Southwest (California, Seton Hill, IUP, Clarion), and Southeast (West Chester, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Cheyney).
The conference will determine realignment at a later time.
Women's volleyball is the first varsity sport added at Bloomsburg since the addition of women's soccer, which began varsity competition in the fall of 1990.