Hamline University is proud to announce that the game known as ‘America’s first sport’ will be the newest women’s athletics offering at Minnesota’s first university. Women’s lacrosse at Hamline will begin in the spring of 2016, making the Pipers part of a sport with deep historical roots which is thriving in popularity across the nation among high school and college students.
“Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation so this new endeavor will open up many new and exciting opportunities for student athletes,” Hamline Athletics
Director Jason Verdugo said. “We are pleased to be able to build on the strength and depth of Hamline Athletics with a sport that has such a rich history and bright future with a new generation of athletes.”
Lacrosse is currently offered as a club sport at Hamline, but as part of Division III the new Pipers team will uphold National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) standards and regulations and will compete as an NCAA independent during their first year of competition.
“This exciting addition to Hamline Athletics bolsters our offerings for young women who seek a college experience with opportunities to excel in academics
as well as co-curricular and extracurricular pursuits,” President Linda N. Hanson said. “Being a Hamline Piper is unquestionably a transformative experience for our students and enhances their lives far beyond their time as students.”
A vital part of implementing the new team before the spring 2016 season is the selection of a head coach.
“We aim to find the most talented and qualified head coach that we can,” Verdugo said. “Candidates must not only uphold Hamline Athletics’ core values, but also connect with, train, support, and inspire our student athletes. We want our head coach to recognize the talents and skills of our players and help them realize their fullest potential.”
The search for a head coach is currently underway. The selection of the coach as well as the recruitment and establishment of the new team is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015. The Hamline lacrosse team will be the 11th installation of a women’s varsity sport at Hamline, preceded by women’s gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, track and field, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving, softball, soccer, and hockey.