Upper Iowa University (DII) and Central Christian College (KS NAIA) Add Lacrosse

Upper Iowa University and the Athletics Department is proud to announce that women's lacrosse will become the 16th varsity sport for the Peacocks with the first team set to compete in the 2018-19 academic year. A search for a full-time head coach will begin immediately with the position starting early this spring (2017) to establish recruiting, schedules and other day-to-day operations for the new program. The program's first competition will take place in spring 2019.

The team will compete and train at Harms-Eischeid Stadium. "We are excited to add women's lacrosse to our Athletics Department and provide new opportunities to new students looking at Upper Iowa University as their top choice for higher education," said President William R. Duffy II. "The caliber of student-athletes who compete in lacrosse will be an asset for our university, and we look forward to these young women becoming UIU leaders inside and outside of the classroom."

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The Central Christian College Board of Trustees and the President's Cabinet have approved the addition of Men's Lacrosse beginning in the Fall of 2017. The announcement was made late last week by Central Christian Director of Athletics, Steve "Twiggs" Reed. When Reed was hired in the summer of 2015, one of the projects he was tasked with by CCC President, Hal Hoxie, was to begin looking at other NAIA championship sports that could be added to the College's lineup of athletic programs, that would help place in CCC in the national spotlight, and also help to boost enrollment.

In his first year at the helm, Reed added men's wrestling to the docket, and after many months of research the decision was made to start a men's lacrosse program at CCC. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and has been gaining popularity here in the central states over the past decade. Currently it is listed as an invitational sport in the NAIA with 30 schools sponsoring a program.

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