Division III notes: Transylvania adding track
Sports sponsorship: Transylvania will increase the number of varsity sports it offers to 18 with the addition of men’s and women’s track and field programs in 2008-09. Middle- and long-distance track events will be the initial focus of the program, drawing heavily from the existing cross country team. That focus would expand as student interest in track and field increases. The team will use various local tracks and facilities as it begins competition in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, where all members are now sponsoring the sport.
Facilities: Groundbreaking is planned in April for a new fitness and athletics center at Sweet Briar. The facility, an addition to Williams Gymnasium, is expected to be completed by fall 2009. “This center is the last piece of the puzzle for Sweet Briar athletics,” said Kelly Morrison, the school’s athletics director. “We already have outstanding coaches and student-athletes and some of the finest outdoor facilities in this part of the country. Adding this state-of-the-art facility to the most beautiful campus in America is icing on the cake.” The 53,000-square-foot center will include a multi-sport arena, athletics department offices, a student lounge and movie theater, and a restaurant. It also will house the college’s athletics hall of fame. The arena will feature three courts that can be used for varsity tennis matches and volleyball tournaments, and also permit other teams to practice indoors.
Milestones: Salisbury opened its defense of the Division III men’s lacrosse title by giving coach Jim Berkman his 300th victory at the school in a February 16 win over Virginia Wesleyan. Berkman, who collected an additional nine victories during a year as coach at Potsdam State, has coached for the past 20 years at Salisbury, where his teams have won seven Division III championships. Berkman, whose teams have won more than 90 percent of their games, is approaching the all-divisions record of 326 victories held by retired Army coach Jack Emmer. Berkman and Emmer are the only NCAA men’s lacrosse coaches who have won 300 games.
Miscellaneous: Rose-Hulman celebrated its 100th year of basketball with introductions of alumni players during its February 9 men’s and women’s doubleheader against Defiance and a postgame dinner. Three major eras in the school’s basketball history were recalled during the dinner with remarks from coaches John Mutchner and Jim Shaw, and a remembrance of the late Jim Carr. The celebration concluded with an announcement of plans to establish a Jim Carr Memorial Scholarship and John Mutchner Appreciation Scholarship.
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