|TLU Announces Addition of Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Teams|
Texas Lutheran University will field three more intercollegiate athletics programs with the addition of men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field, TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey announced today.
The inaugural season for TLU in men’s cross country will take place in the fall of 2014. The Bulldogs have never fielded a men’s cross country team. The restart for TLU in men’s track and field will begin with the start of the indoor track and field season in January 2015. The men’s outdoor track and field season will begin in February 2015. TLU last fielded a men’s track and field team in 1970. The three new men's programs will compete as members of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
“These new opportunities for TLU students to compete in intercollegiate sports are immediate benefits of the new athletics complex,” Dorsey said. “Our women's track and field and cross country programs have produced numerous conference and national championships and are forces in the NCAA Division III. Building on that history, we are looking forward to similar success with these men’s programs.”
Darlene Holland will add the head coaching duties for men’s cross country and men’s indoor/outdoor track and field to her current duties as head coach for women’s cross country and women’s indoor/outdoor track and field.
“We are thankful that Coach Holland has agreed to take on the challenge of coaching all of our cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field programs,” said TLU Director of Athletics Bill Miller. “TLU Athletics will supply her and the programs she will lead with additional assistant coaching help so that we can quickly make these new men’s programs as nationally successful as our women’s programs.”
Dorsey announced in September that TLU would embark on a major athletics building program that will include an on-campus football and track and field stadium, a new softball stadium and improvements to the current baseball facility – Katt-Isbel Field. Construction activity on the athletics projects has begun. The construction schedule calls for the new softball stadium and related facilities, including lights for Katt-Isbel Field, to be ready in spring 2014. The football and track & field stadium will be ready by fall of 2014.
TLU’s addition of the three sports will bring the university’s total number of collegiate sports to 18. By the start of the 2014-15 academic year, the Bulldogs will field teams in nine women’s sports and nine men’s sports. TLU female student-athletes compete in soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, softball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, golf, and tennis. TLU male student-athletes will compete in soccer, cross country, football, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, baseball, golf and tennis.
In NCAA Division III women’s indoor and women’s outdoor track and field, TLU has won a total of three individual event national championships, collected 38 top-10 national finishes, and produced 50 All-Americans. TLU’s individual event national championships occurred in 2007 in the women’s indoor 4x400 relay, in 2008 in the women’s outdoor 4x100 relay, and in 2010 with Briana Aiken in the long jump.