Division III notes
Sport sponsorship: Castleton State College will make football its 20th varsity sport in fall 2009 and will become the seventh school in the North Atlantic Conference with a football program. “An analysis over the past year has convinced us that adding football to our offerings provides many benefits,” said President Dave Wolk. “Our investment in student-athletes has been an important part of Castleton’s growth in numbers and in quality. We expect good sportsmanship and exemplary citizenship, and our student-athletes have higher grade-point averages, retention rates and graduation rates than the general student population.” The decision comes just weeks after the school announced a $25.7 million enlargement and renovation of its Campus Center that includes a small, lighted stadium with artificial turf. The field will be used for football and other sports.
Milestones:Tom Carroll picked up his 100th career coaching victory in men's ice hockey when New England College defeated Curry College December 11. Carroll, whose 2004-05 squad appeared in the Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship, is in his sixth season at the school … Chris Kielsmeier collected his 150th victory in men's basketball with Howard Payne University's December 1 win over University of the Ozarks. Kielsmeier is in his eighth season at Howard Payne, where his teams are averaging more than 21 victories per season and have made three straight Division III Women's Basketball Championship appearances.
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