As the Texas Wesleyan sports programs begin the new 2012-2013 season, new sports have been added to the athletic program.
Steve Trachier, athletic director, said women’s golf has been added, and the department is trying to develop junior varsity programs in women’s basketball and volleyball.
“It will attract more students to the university and will provide more opportunities for female participation,” Trachier said.
Kevin Millikan, women’s head golf coach and assistant athletic director, said last fall the institution decided it wanted to expand in athletics in general but in women’s sports specifically.
“I really wanted to get back into coaching,” Millikan said. “I made the proposal I would like to coach the women’s golf program.”
Millikan said the women’s golf addition was approved last fall, and he started recruiting before Christmas, signing his first recruit.
“We have 11 young ladies, seven freshmen and four transfer students,” Millikan said.
Millikan said the young women have a full schedule playing four tournaments in the fall and five tournaments in the spring. The women’s golf team is eligible to compete in the conference tournament and nationals as well.
The women’s JV basketball schedule is in the works and Bill Franey, head women’s basketball coach, said the team will have some opponents to compete against.
“We are still working on the schedule, but several Red River Athletic Conference teams do have JV teams for us to play,” Franey said. “There are also some smaller four-year schools that have varsity teams we can play such as Arlington Baptist.”