GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro College is adding women’s golf and men’s swimming beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. The additions bring Greensboro’s varsity program to 18 sports.
“We studied the feasibility of adding teams this fall and felt that women’s golf and men’s swimming would be a great fit,” said Athletics Director Jean Lojko.
Greensboro President Lawrence Czarda noted the economic feasibility of the additions since Greensboro already has a swimming facility and is near several golf courses.
“For a minimal investment — two assistant-coach positions, travel and recruiting — we’re building on existing, strong programs and facilities and we’re adding gender equity. And our research shows that the kind of student-athlete who typically excels in these sports perfectly fits our profile,” Czarda said.
Greensboro’s conference — USA South — does not sponsor either sport. In women’s golf, however, USAS member Methodist competes, and a number of other conference members are considering adding the sport.
“We have one of the best men’s golf programs in the nation,” Lojko said. “We’re confident we can build a strong women’s team under (men’s coach) Dirk Fennie’s leadership.
Women’s swimming coach Scot Budde will lead the new men’s program. While there aren’t any Division III women’s swimming programs in North Carolina, the Pride can travel to Virginia and compete locally against many Division II and NAIA teams.