July 6, 2011

Houghton (N.Y.) to Add M&W in 2013

from press release

-- Houghton College is pleased to announce the addition of men's and women's lacrosse, golf, and tennis teams to the athletic department as part of the school's transition to NCAA Division III and the Empire 8 Conference. These additions will increase the viability of Houghton's move from exploratory membership to provisional membership in the NCAA, bringing Houghton athletics to a total of 16 teams.

With the addition of lacrosse, Houghton athletes will be participating in a sport that is one of the fastest growing in NCAA and has a rich tradition in the Western New York area. Rachael Snelgrove has been appointed as the head coach for the women's lacrosse team, and she will handle the recruiting for both the men's and women's teams until a men's coach is hired next year. The first season for both the men's and the women's teams will begin in the spring of the 2012-2013 school year.

Recruitment for both men's and women's golf teams will begin immediately with Kevin Austin '81 as recruiting coordinator, and a coach will be hired as early as Fall 2011. The inaugural season for both the men's and women's teams will begin during the 2012-2013 school year.

Both teams of tennis will begin competition on Houghton's six recently remodeled courts during the 2013-2014 school year.

"We are very excited about this move to NCAA D-III and the Empire 8," remarked Houghton College Director of Athletics Harold "Skip" Lord. "The addition of these sports will not only enhance our application for provisional membership in D-III, but will allow us to participate more completely in the life of our new conference and strengthen their programs by doing so. These sports will also provide increased opportunities for more student-athletes to consider attending Houghton to benefit from our strong academic offerings. This is a very exciting time to be part of Houghton College athletics."

Houghton College currently offers other intercollegiate sports to student-athletes: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, women's field hockey and volleyball, baseball, and softball.

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