Club Status for Women's Lacrosse
2010-11 year to get organized
- Release Date:
- July 12, 2010
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Beginning in the 2010-11 academic year, Hilbert College will offer women's lacrosse as its own stand-alone club team for the first time. In previous years, the Hilbert College lacrosse club was co-educational, pitting female athletes with and against opposing male athletes while obeying the men's lacrosse rules. Now, in anticipation of the club team moving to Division III status beginning 2011-12 academic year, the women's lacrosse team will have a year to formally prepare both on and off the field and behind the scenes. During this transition year, Hilbert is adding men’s lacrosse to its intercollegiate athletics program. It’s the first sport added at Hilbert since the college began men’s volleyball in 2002.
“Establishing collegiate-level lacrosse at Hilbert will add breadth to our athletics program,” said President Cynthia Zane. “It’s one of the fastest growing team sports in the U.S. and has rapidly increased in popularity in Western New York and across the country. We’re excited about creating more opportunities for student-athletes and anticipate that lacrosse will have a positive impact on our recruitment efforts.”
“Lacrosse is a growth sport, particularly over the past 10 years among local youth,” Richard Walsh added. “Adding the sport at Hilbert fits in with this strong interest among student-athletes and with the college’s overall enrollment strategy. We’ll be building a program with great potential that will expand our student-athlete recruitment options for high school and junior college players.”
According to U.S. Lacrosse, the sport’s governing body, lacrosse is the fastest growing high school sport for girls over the past 10 years and the second fastest growing sport among boys. At the collegiate level, men’s lacrosse is the fast growing sport while women’s is the second fastest. Erie County and the surrounding area have more than 50 high schools that sponsor lacrosse.
A search is underway for a women’s lacrosse coach. Information on the coaching position is available on Hilbert's Web site. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Maura Flynn, Hilbert director of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.