Columbia College Adds 5 New Athletic Programs

5 years 3 months 1 week ago August 24, 2011 Aug 24, 2011 Wednesday, August 24 2011 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:14:00 PM CDT in Sports

COLUMBIA - Starting in the fall of 2012, Columbia College will double its NAIA sports teams adding women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's golf. These teams join the college's highly successful men's soccer, men's and women's basketball and women's softball and volleyball teams.

"This is an exciting time for Cougar athletics," said Bob Burchard, director of Athletics and head men's basketball coach. "The steady growth of the college combined with continued support from the community made this an easy decision. We can't wait to carry on our winning tradition with five new teams."

Women's soccer and the cross country teams will join the fall lineup while the golf teams will play in the spring. Golf is the first men's spring sport offered at the college.

The soccer team will use existing facilities on campus while the golf and cross country teams will hold competitions at local golf courses. The college is currently filling necessary coaching positions and plans to aggressively recruit student-athletes throughout the year.

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