Olivet College (MI) to Begin Varsity Lacrosse in 2011

OLIVET, Mich. - Olivet College has announced it will sponsor a varsity women's lacrosse program, beginning in the spring of 2011. The Comets fielded a club team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Brian Jacob and David Tanis, who served as co-head coaches for the club team, will continue the same role for the varsity team.

"We are very excited to elevate our women's lacrosse program to the varsity level," said Olivet Athletic Director Heather Bateman. "We are going to compete as an independent team at the NCAA Division III level."

A 15-game varsity schedule is being put together for the 2011 season.

"I am extremely excited for Olivet being one of four NCAA schools in the state of Michigan to offer varsity women's lacrosse," said Tanis. "Women's lacrosse has really seen a lot of growth over the past five years and schools associated with Olivet's Community Connection Grant are among the best in the state. Brian and I believe we can build a strong program at Olivet with local, home-grown talent by creating a positive environment for our high school recruits to compete at the next level."

"Right now, we have a great mix of players who are energetic and excited to play for their school, and we are always looking for new recruits," said Jacob. "One of the great things about a school like Olivet is students are encouraged to come out and participate in sports as part of their educational experience. We are finding, as other coaches around the country have, that good athletes who are willing to make an effort can learn the skills of the game quickly enough to contribute to the success of the team."

This marks the first addition of a varsity sport at Olivet since 1993 when women's golf was added.


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