September 13, 2011

Centenary (La.) Moving to NCAA Division III

from press release

SHREVEPORT, La. - Men's Lacrosse at Centenary will become an intercollegiate sport starting in the 2012-13 academic year. The already successful program has operated as a club sport since 2010, achieving wins against established teams such as Tulane, Millsaps, University of Dallas, and University of Texas at San Antonio. "We are extremely excited to add men's lacrosse and continue to see the positive impact the sport has on Centenary College," said Athletic Director William Broussard. "Our goal is to field a nationally ranked program, and I'm confident that Centenary will attract the scholar-athletes who will get us there. Lacrosse is a fantastic fit for us and allows us to grow Centenary's brand both within and outside our immediate geographic footprint."

Leading up to the start of competitive play, coaches and administrators will begin the process of filling the roster, scheduling games for competitive play in spring of 2013, and complying with NCAA rules to initiate the team's addition. Dr. Broussard will also continue the search for the team's Head Coach who will steer the transition, following the recent departure of Coach Michael Brand who took a coaching position at Brown University.

"Adding lacrosse as part of our Division III athletic program is a natural progression for Centenary," said David Hoaas, an economics professor who serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative. "Division III athletics is about the student-athlete experience. We have been successful at the club level for the past two years, and we're confident that this is a great step forward for our athletic department and Centenary College as an institution."

The inclusion of men's lacrosse brings the total number of intercollegiate teams at the college to 17, including nine Ladies and eight Gents teams. With over 250 student athletes, Centenary's athletic program provides opportunities in men and women's basketball; men and women's soccer; men and women's swimming; men and women's tennis; men and women's golf; men and women's cross country; baseball; softball; women's gymnastics and women's volleyball.

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