BANGOR, Maine — Husson University announced on Tuesday that it will add women’s golf, women’s tennis and men’s outdoor track as new intercollegiate athletic offerings beginning in 2015.
The new sports will give Husson 21 NCAA Division III sports programs.
“We’re excited to continue to grow our outstanding athletic program,” Husson University Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi said in a press release. “These additional competitive opportunities will both enhance our current program and help the university continue to grow and prosper.”
Women’s golf will compete as an independent program alongside Husson’s successful men’s program. The team will be coached by Mike Dugas, who also coaches the men’s team.
“I’m very excited to add a women’s golf program to Husson athletics. This will provide female golfers in Maine with an opportunity to stay in their home state, play collegiate golf and get an outstanding education,” Dugas said. “In addition, this program will serve as an additional incentive for women from outside the state to enroll at Husson University.”
Women’s tennis will compete in the North Atlantic Conference. The search for a new head coach will begin shortly.
Outdoor track will be offered, but only for men who compete in distance running events. The contingent will be led by cross country and track and field head coach Kate Goupee.
“The continued development of men’s athletics through the addition of a men’s distance track program at Husson is an important step in ensuring that Husson provides our male athletes and our cross country program with the best opportunities for success,” said Goupee.
Husson also offers both men’s and women’s programs in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, indoor track and field, and swimming and diving. It also has competitive teams in football, baseball, men’s golf, softball, field hockey and volleyball.