WPU to Add Sports

February 13, 2018

William Penn Athletics Director Nik Rule is excited to announce the addition of men's and women's lacrosse and men's volleyball to the list of intercollegiate sports the University offers.

All three sports will begin competition in the 2019-2020 school year.  They are the first sports to be added since men's and women's bowling back in 2009-2010; WPU has added or reinstated seven programs since joining the NAIA in 2001-2002.

"We feel these three intercollegiate sports fit perfectly into our strategic plan for our University and the athletics department," Rule said.  "They are quickly-emerging sports in the NAIA with several schools in our conference and our region sponsoring them.  It is the perfect time to add them to our department and we have facilities that will immediately be able to accommodate each sport."

At the genesis of the programs, one head coach will be hired for the lacrosse teams, while another will be hired for men's volleyball.  National searches for both head coaches will begin immediately.  Once the coaches are hired, recruiting will commence immediately; as is with all other sports on campus, athletic scholarships will be available.

"The culture we are continuing to focus on revolves around building high-achieving athletic programs with coaches of high energy," Rule said.  "Our coaches cultivate success and create environments that lead to victories in the classroom and on the playing surface.  We look forward to finding leaders who share that same vision."

The lacrosse programs, whose seasons run from February through May, will compete at Lacey Complex Stadium.  Men's volleyball runs from January through April and the Statesmen will host their matches in the Penn Activity Center.

LACROSSE

Currently, the NAIA does not sponsor lacrosse as a championship sport.  It is in invitational status (eight-team national tournament) with 32 schools offering it, including three in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Benedictine, Clarke, and Missouri Valley).  The Heart currently combines with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the teams play for a KCAC title.  The NAIA plans to have 40 teams to reach championship status.

In addition to facing NAIA programs, William Penn's schedule will likely feature a plethora of NCAA Division I schools as over 200 institutions sponsor it on both the men's and women's sides.

Nationally, there are over 180,000 boys (over 300 teams in Ill., Kan., Mo., and Wis.) and 88,000 girls (nearly 20,000 in Iowa, Ill., Mo., and Wis.) competing at the high school level.

The WPU coaching staff will be expected to fill a varsity roster for its first year in 2019-2020 and have both varsity and JV squads by 2020-2021.

"Lacrosse is a fascinating and very entertaining sport," Rule said.  "We believe fans of William Penn University, as well as our students, will really enjoy watching our lacrosse student-athletes compete at the stadium."

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The NAIA also currently does not sponsor men's volleyball as a championship sport.  It is in invitational status (eight-team national tournament) with 34 schools offering it, including six in the Heart (Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Graceland, Grand View, Missouri Valley, and Mount Mercy).  Due to ample participation, the Heart offers a conference championship.  The NAIA plans to have 40 teams to reach championship status.

While boys' volleyball is not a sponsored sport in Iowa, it is quite popular throughout the Midwest (nearly 10,000 players in Ill., Mo., and Wis.) and nationally (55,000 players).

The WPU coaching staff will be expected to fill a varsity roster for its first year in 2019-2020 and have both varsity and JV squads by 2020-2021.

"Men's volleyball is a fast-paced and action-packed sport that is growing rapidly in popularity in the United States," Rule said.  "It will be played in the Penn Activities Center which will provide for a very unique venue on campus.  Our fans will love watching our student-athletes compete."

With the additions, William Penn will now offer a total of 24 intercollegiate sports, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's bowling, cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, dance, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's volleyball, and wrestling.

From New World Of Coaching
Long-time crew coach and athletic administrator Mike Davenport explains one of the methods he uses to improve as a coach: A Coach in Improvement Action List. You can A refer to this list in times of doubt or struggle.
SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Indoor Pool Surface Solution

Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going away from the traditional above ground lifting platform and choosing the inlaid platform, which … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Teaching Principles: Neck Rotation

Coach Bill ‘Jake’ Jacobs goes back to the basic teaching principles with Neck Rotation. View his demonstration.  CLICK TO READ MORE...

VIEW MORE ARTICLES

Stay at the Top of Your Game!
x
Receive articles like this by signing up for our newsletters