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IU EAST WILL ADD WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
February 5, 2013IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
RICHMOND, Ind. - Indiana University East will add an NAIA varsity women's basketball program starting with the 2014-15 school year.
The Indiana University East Faculty Senate during its Feb. 5 meeting approved a resolution to add a women's basketball program.
"It's something we've been needing and wanting, and it's something I welcome and look forward to," said IU East athletic director Mark Hester. "I hope the program can gain a lot of community support and a strong fan base. We hope it will become one of our signature programs and add to the success our other sports have enjoyed in the NAIA."
The IU East athletic department plans have the women's basketball head coach in place by the end of the current school year, with the search process expected to start within days.
The new coach will focus on recruiting the Red Wolf roster during the 2013-14 school year. The team would begin NAIA competition during the 2014-15 school year.
Information about the head coaching position will be posted at the NAIA and IU East Web sites.
The school estimates 15 student-athletes would participate in the women's basketball program.
"It's great IU East is adding another women's sport. It will attract more enrollment and it’s another opportunity for women in the athletics program," said IU East sophomore nursing student Kristin Smith, who played basketball at Centerville (Ind.) High School. "I'm really excited to watch the team when it comes - and maybe even participate! It's just a great addition to an already growing campus."
The addition of women's basketball brings the total number of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) varsity sports offered at IU East to 11. The Red Wolves currently compete in men's basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track and field. IU East offers more NAIA sports than any other IU regional campus.