Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 4, 2002) - Women’s intercollegiate soccer is to be initiated as the ninth intercollegiate sport at John Brown University during the fall of 2002. Dr. G. Robert Burns, director of JBU’s intercollegiate athletics, says he looks forward to the beginning of an exciting new era of JBU sports.
According to Burns, the first year will be developmental with the first step being the hiring of the coaching staff and the recruitment of student athletes. Burns says the major goal is to build the program to compete at the same level as the men’s varsity program within three years. The Lady Golden Eagles will commence play in the Sooner Athletics Conference championships in the fall of 2003.
Don Crandall, JBU vice president for enrollment management, says the presence of women’s soccer will be a boost to the entire campus community. “We’re certainly excited about it in recruiting, because we no longer have to turn students away who are interested in women’s soccer,” Crandall said. “Plus, this team will be another rallying point for the campus. Soccer fits very well with this area of the country. Its popularity continues to grow, and a lot of young women are interested in playing.”
Crandall says this new addition to the sports program is something the university has been hoping to do for quite some time. Come fall 2002, the games begin.
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.