Director of Athletics, Lynne Robinson, has recently announced that the men’s and women’s golf program will be reinstated as a Division 1 sport come Fall 2018. In addition, women’s bowling will become a varsity program.
“We are thrilled to announce the reinstatement of the Mount St. Mary’s University men’s and women’s golf programs,” said Robinson. “After a five-year hiatus, we look forward to having our golf teams back on the links representing the Mount in the fall of 2018. We also look forward to re-engaging with our loyal golf alumni who have been a part of Mount Athletics for so many years. We will begin the search process for a head coach immediately.”
With the addition of men’s soccer, which will begin its inaugural season in the Fall of 2018, Mount St. Mary’s will have 22 varsity sports during the 2018-2019 school year.
The university discontinued men’s soccer, as well as men’s and women’s golf following the 2012-2013 season in hopes of reducing the budget by $400k under the guidance of former university President, Thomas H. Powell, Ph.D. However, President Timothy Trainor Ph.D. has a 5-year initiative, which includes adding more varsity programs in hopes of boosting the Mount’s enrollment.
“This is an exciting time to be a student-athlete at the Mount. We’re looking forward to men’s and women’s golf building on past successes, and pleased to add women’s bowling to our growing number of Division I programs”, President Trainor stated. President Trainor has also mentioned that he is looking to add water polo and women’s volleyball to the Mount’s growing list of athletic programs in the future.
Mount St. Mary’s University will become the Northeast conference’s 8th institution to field a bowling team, 8th school to field a women’s golf team and the NEC’s 10th member with a men’s golf team.