LIU Post to Increase Sport Sponsorship in Fall of 2014
Ian Schraier,Athletic Media Relations Director
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - On Tuesday, LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline and Director of Athletics and Recreation Bryan Collins announced the addition of seven NCAA Division II sports, starting in the 2014-15 academic year.
The change will offer more women's opportunities, and welcome back traditionally strong programs. Those sports are women's golf, women's fencing, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and wrestling.
"We are thrilled to bring back two programs (track and field and wrestling) that have a great history in the growth of the LIU Post Department of Athletics," stated Collins. "These two programs achieved tremendous recognition and successes not solely on the regional level, but nationally as well."
He later added: "Reinstating these two programs will reconnect LIU Post with great alumni. We are also excited to create more opportunities in new areas with women's golf and women's fencing."
Tom Kane will lead the women's golf program. He last served as Head Girl's Golf Coach at Smithtown West High School.
The track and field program makes a return to Brookville for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Meanwhile, the Pioneers' cross country teams, under Rob Morris, have captured a combined seven East Coast Conference titles.
Inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012, Joe Patrovich has been tabbed as Head Wrestling Coach. His resume includes 21 county champions, 13 state finalists, 10 All-America selections and eight state championships at the high school level. Patrovich has been named the Nassau County and Suffolk County Coach of the Year as well.
"The addition of these programs will energize our relationship with Long Island and the Metropolitan area, as well as nationally," Collins said. "It will offer high school student-athletes the opportunity to attend a vibrant and exceptional university, and to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division II competition with national championship goals."
In 2014-15, LIU Post will sponsor 22 NCAA Division II programs, with the addition of women's golf and women's fencing bringing the total to seven new opportunities offered.
The growth in the department will continue, as discussions involve the adoption of equestrian in the near future.
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