CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN - Wabash College President Patrick E. White announced the addition of men's lacrosse as a varsity sport at the institution, beginning competition in the spring 2015. A search for a varsity head coach will begin immediately.
"Many high school athletes committed to the sport are looking for excellent colleges where they might continue to play lacrosse while pursuing their education," President White said.
"Adding lacrosse will place Wabash in good conversations with these young men, many from our traditional markets. In addition, lacrosse is fast becoming a national sport with players on our North Coast Athletic Conference lacrosse rosters coming from 31 states. Now Wabash College will gain further attention from young men in high schools and regions where we are less well known."
Wabash plans to hire a coach during the summer 2013 to begin the initial recruiting process. The new coach will also work with the College's existing club lacrosse team during the transition to varsity status.
Lacrosse will be played at Mud Hollow Stadium, a state of the-art facility opened in 2011. The facility includes pro stadium-style seating for 200, a wireless scoreboard, game management area, and restroom facilities. Varsity soccer and club lacrosse have played matches at the stadium the past two years.
"Many of the high schools that play competitive lacrosse are places we've already had success in finding strong students, great athletes, and overall stellar Wabash Men," Dean of Students Mike Raters '85 said.
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