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Calvin To Join MIAA in Adding Menís, Womenís Lacrosse As Varsity Sports in 2012-13

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

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Calvin College will be adding menís and womenís lacrosse as varsity sports effective with the 2012-13 academic year. The announcement is made in conjunction with the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association which announced today that the league will add menís lacrosse and womenís lacrosse as varsity conference sports, effective with the 2012-13 season, the 125th anniversary season for Americaís oldest collegiate athletic conference. Calvin has been a member of the MIAA since the 1953-54 academic year.

Calvin has sponsored menís and womenís lacrosse at the club level for several years. The last time a club sport made the transition into a varsity sport at Calvin was in 1988 when womenís soccer moved up to varsity status after competing for a number of years at the club level.

Competition in MIAA menís and womenís lacrosse will begin with the fall non-traditional season in 2012 and conclude with conference regular season and tournament play in the spring of 2013, MIAA Commissioner David Neilson said.

The addition of these sports brings to 20 the number of varsity sports the MIAA will sponsor in 2012-13, and marks the first new sports to be added to the conferenceís lineup since it added womenís golf in 1991.

Seven MIAA member schools will sponsor menís and womenís lacrosse in the 2012-13 season Ė Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Olivet and Trine, Neilson said.

With the minimum of seven participating conference schools, the MIAA will receive an automatic qualification to NCAA Division III postseason competition.

Founded in 1888, the MIAA is the nationís oldest collegiate athletic conference. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Maryís College and Trine University.

In adding menís and womenís varsity lacrosse, Calvin will now sponsor 21 varsity sports which include the fall sports of menís and womenís soccer, menís and womenís cross country, menís and womenís golf and womenís volleyball; the winter sports of menís and womenís basketball, menís and womenís swimming and diving and menís and womenís indoor track and field; and the spring sports of menís and womenís outdoor track and field, menís and womenís tennis, menís and womenís lacrosse, baseball and softball.


Director of Women’s Athletics Dr. Nancy Meyer:

“We are committed to giving lacrosse the full support that we give all of our varsity sports teams. Both teams have been longtime club sports at Calvin so we are excited to make the transition with lacrosse to the varsity level.  We are eager to begin the process of seeking out candidates for the head coaching positions of both teams. That search will begin immediately. We will also be looking to actively recruit talented athletes to promote this exciting sport at Calvin.”

Director of Men’s Athletics Dr. Jim Timmer Jr.:

“Lacrosse is an emerging sport and we are looking forward to the impact that the sport will have in the Calvin College community. In addition to our league, several of the colleges outside the MIAA in West Michigan are now sponsoring the sport so it will be exciting to share in the growth of lacrosse locally.”

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