WINCHESTER, Va. -- Shenandoah Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced on Monday that the department is adding women's golf as the university's 21st intercollegiate sport.

This program will be the 11th for women at the university and the first new program added since the indoor and outdoor track & field teams were elevated to varsity status in 2009.

Scott Singhass, who has served as the head men's golf coach since 2006, has been promoted to the full-time position of head men's and women's golf coach.

The program is scheduled to start for the 2014-15 school year and Singhass has already started the process of recruiting for this new squad.

"We have had some excellent interest from high school juniors and seniors as well as some interest from students currently at SU," Singhass said.

"I have been hoping for this announcement for some time and I feel confident the interest is there to have a very successful program at Shenandoah."

"Our goal is to have six women in this program next fall," Zipp said. "We would like to have 8-10 women on a consistent basis beginning in the fall of 2015."

Shenandoah will be the sixth ODAC school to offer women's golf, putting the league just one school away from having an automatic berth into the NCAA championships.

Currently, Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Hollins, Randolph-Macon and Washington and Lee offer women's golf.

The league sponsors women's golf as a championship sport and runs a 54-hole championship at the same time and location as the men's championships.

This April, the Rock Barn Golf Club in Conover, N.C. will host the ODAC men's and women's championships.

"I am pleased to see another ODAC member adding women's golf," Bankston said. "The conference first sponsored the sport in 2012-13 with five members participating. The addition of Shenandoah will place us one step closer to providing an automatic bid for our conference champion into the NCAA tournament – something we strive to provide all our student-athletes."