Director of athletics Dave Martin announced Friday that The University of Scranton will add both indoor and outdoor men's and women's track & field as intercollegiate sports beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.
"The addition of men's and women's track and field is an important strategic decision for The University of Scranton," Martin said. "We are excited to expand our sport offerings to our students. Track & field is one of the most popular sports in the country in terms of participation, and we are looking forward to giving students the opportunity to pursue that passion while at the same time obtaining an outstanding education."
The teams will be members of the Landmark Conference, which currently has six institutions sponsoring track and field – Catholic University, Elizabethtown College, Goucher College, Juniata College, Moravian College and Susquehanna University. Track and field will be open both to currently enrolled students and to incoming students who will arrive this fall.
"The addition of men's and women's track and field to our already excellent academic offerings will provide another avenue for us to recruit students who want to compete on the intercollegiate level," said University President Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. "With such strong interest in track and field locally, regionally and nationally, it makes sense to add these teams to our already successful athletics department."
The addition of men's and women's track & field brings the University's total number of intercollegiate sports to 23. The Track & Field teams will practice and compete at facilities in the Scranton area.
A national search for a full-time coach will begin immediately.
The new track and field program follows the successful launch of a women's golf in 2016. In its first season of competition, the women's golf team has recorded four wins in its first five matches.