Thiel (PA) Adding Men's, Women's Lacrosse in 2010-2011

GREENVILLE, Pa. Thiel College will add four new athletics programs to its offerings for the 2010-2011 school term. Thiel's new sports will include men's and women's tennis and men's and women's lacrosse. All four programs will compete at the NCAA Division III level and bring the Tomcats' total number of athletic teams to 24.

In addition to its new program offerings, the College also plans to step up its commitment to existing programs and facilities. Beginning in 2010, Thiel will add an additional fulltime football coaching position and will add a seasonal air-supported athletics structure which will cover the entire playing surface at Alumni Stadium during the winter months.

"It's a great day to be a part of Thiel College," said College President Troy VanAken. "The enhancement and expansion of our athletics and extracurricular programs will position Thiel to attract and retain engaged students and student-athletes with the strong academic profile we strive for as an institution."

Men's and women's lacrosse will take to the field for the first time for the spring 2011 season. Home contests will be played at Thiel's Alumni Stadium, which features a fast FieldTurf surface.

The stadium will also accommodate preseason indoor practice space with the addition of an air-supported athletics structure which will be inflated after the football team's final game of the season and remain in place until the first lacrosse match in the spring.

Thiel will revive its men's and women's tennis programs after several seasons of inactivity. Both programs will compete and practice at the College's on-campus tennis complex, which is slated for resurfacing in the near future. The teams will compete in the Presidents' Athletics Conference.

Director of Athletics Jack Leipheimer will launch a national search for its men's and women's lacrosse coaches and tennis coach immediately. Individuals interested in joining any of the new programs should contact Leipheimer at 724-589-2212 or jleip@thiel.edu.

About Thiel College

Founded in 1866, Thiel College is a liberal arts, sciences and professional studies institution located in Greenville, Pa., that provides a great balance of academic challenge, personal and social involvement, and exceptional value to its 1,000 students. For more information about Thiel College, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, visit www.thiel.edu or call 800-24-THIEL.

2009-12-21



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