High Point University Adding Men's Lacrosse for 2013

HIGH POINT, N.C. High Point University is adding men's lacrosse as its 16th varsity sport, HPU president Dr. Nido Qubein announced as part of $2.1 billion University growth plan on Wednesday. The team will take the field in the 2012-2013 academic year.

"We are extremely excited to add men's lacrosse and see the positive impact the sport will have on High Point University," said Athletic Director Craig Keilitz. "Our goal is to field a nationally-ranked men's lacrosse program, and I'm confident that High Point University will attract the coaches and student-athletes that will get us there. Lacrosse is a fantastic fit for High Point University."

"In addition, we are confident that men's lacrosse will help continue to increase national awareness about High Point University and attract excellent students who will keep advancing our national reputation. Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports and a great number of our current students are from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, where it is especially popular," said Keilitz.

High Point University will hire a head coach for men's lacrosse by the spring of 2011. The coaching staff will spend the 2011-12 academic year recruiting players, scheduling and building the program. Men's lacrosse will have the maximum number of scholarships and coaches allowed by the NCAA.

"We intend to give our lacrosse program all of the resources needed to be one of the best in the nation," said Keilitz. "We will have the maximum number of scholarships and coaches and we will provide all of the necessary facilities. Vert Stadium is an outstanding venue that is perfectly suited for lacrosse and we are looking at turfing options that will further enhance the facility."

There were 60 NCAA Div. I men's lacrosse programs in 2010, including two in North Carolina Duke and UNC. Two Big South Conference members field men's lacrosse Presbyterian College and VMI.

High Point University announced the addition of women's lacrosse in 2009 and the team will take the field for its first game on Feb. 12, 2011 when it hosts Virginia Tech at Vert Stadium.

High Point University is located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and is a member of NCAA Div. I and the Big South Conference. HPU is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among "America's Best Colleges."

2010-09-15



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