Thursday, December 17

Bucking Trend of Cutting Athletics During COVID-19, Tiny Averett University Adds Women's Golf

By Drew Wilson / Director of Athletics Communications

DANVILLE, Va. — Averett University announced the addition of a varsity women's golf program,  which will begin play during the 2021-22 academic year.

"We are excited to add a women's golf program, which will help us provide additional opportunities for  female student-athletes," said Meg Stevens, Averett Vice President, Director of Athletics and Campus  Operations. "The addition of a women's golf program here at Averett will benefit our University by  reaching into a new demographic and increasing the opportunities for women to compete in college  athletics, as well as positively impact our established men's golf program."

Stevens also announced that men's golf head coach Ben Potter is being named the director of golf for  the men's and women's golf programs. In addition, Averett will hire a graduate assistant coach to work  with both golf programs.

Women's golf is the latest sports addition for Averett in recent years. Since 2016, the University has  added men's lacrosse and men's wrestling, brought back women's lacrosse and added two club sports  and a competitive dance team.

"We are proud to announce a sports expansion during a time when many institutions have eliminated  athletics programs," Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said. "At Averett, we have focused on  balancing the effects of the pandemic while continuing to look outward and stay the course with  strategic enrollment growth. This addition will increase our national and international footprint, as well as demonstrates how Averett is poised to respond to the growing interest in the sport."

The women's golf program will compete within the USA South Athletic Conference, which began  sponsoring women's golf in 2019-20. Averett will be the ninth institution within the conference to  sponsor a women's golf program.

(H/T Golfweek)

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