Ferrum (Va.) Set to Begin Men's Lacrosse Program

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College has announced plans to begin a men's lacrosse program. Plans to hire a head coach are currently under way. The new head coach will recruit throughout the current school year and then begin competition in the spring of 2011.

Ferrum currently offers varsity athletics in 14 sports, seven men and seven women. The addition of men's lacrosse as a varsity sport will allow the College to tap into a new market that is currently unavailable. The addition of a men's program will also compliment the Ferrum women's lacrosse program, which has existed as a varsity sport since the spring of 2000.

Ferrum welcomed over 600 new students for the new academic year, increasing total enrollment to 1,400 students for the first time in 25 years. Enrollment this fall is over 50% higher than in 2004 when Ferrum President, Jennifer Braaten, first initiated an enrollment strategy of improved facilities, better communication with prospective students and a strong academic plan.

"We offer our students an exceptionally welcoming campus environment, state of the art technology, comfortable living and study spaces, and a broad array of curricular and extra-curricular activities," says Braaten, "and we have an outstanding group of faculty, administrators and staff who are committed to 'student success' and to helping ensure that our young men and women have the best college experience possible."

Prospective students interested in becoming part of the inaugural season of men's lacrosse at Ferrum should contact the department of athletics at (540) 365-4306 for more information. An announcement on the hiring of our head men's lacrosse coach will be made by mid-September, at which time contact information will be posted on our athletics web site www.ferrumpanthers.com.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, Ferrum is a four-year primarily residential college with easy access to the major metropolitan areas of Roanoke, Virginia (35 miles to the north) and Greensboro, North Carolina (70 miles to the south) where shopping, social, dining and entertainment opportunities abound. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and state parks, and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage, Ferrum also boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor adventure and recreation and cultural enrichment.

Ferrum offers 33 areas of study ranging from business and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice, campus-wide wireless Internet, small class sizes, and a dedicated faculty. The 1,000 men and women who attend Ferrum come from 25 states and a dozen countries, and 80 percent live on Ferrum's 700-acre campus.

2009-09-15



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