Pennsylvania is getting another varsity water polo program.
La Salle University in Philadelphia has announced it will add both men’s and women’s water polo to its offerings beginning the fall of 2016. The news comes one year after Saint Francis University, located 250 miles to the west, begin hiring a coach for its newly formed women’s water polo program.
The addition of the women’s golf and men’s and women’s water polo will bring the total number of varsity programs at La Salle to 25. This will give talented student-athletes the opportunity to compete in 11 men’s varsity programs and 14 women’s varsity programs at the University.
“We’re thrilled that Explorers will have the opportunity to compete in three sports that have been significantly growing in demand in recent years,” said Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University. “This decision will allow La Salle to take full advantage of our existing athletic facilities and to recruit additional student-athletes who will be successful both in collegiate competition and in the classroom.”
The water polo teams will be able to play in the six-lane, 25-yard Kirk Pool in the Hayman Center, an outstanding facility that already serves as the home for the La Salle men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
La Salle University President Colleen Hanycz said that water polo had been “significantly growing in demand in recent years.” Both teams will be offering athletic scholarships. The school will begin looking for a head coach “immediately” according to the press release.
More useful FAQs verbatim from the announcement:
Why is La Salle University adding sports at this time?
The addition of these sports is part of the university’s strategic initiatives in athletics and admissions. Women’s golf and men’s and women’s water polo are popular sports in the Mid-Atlantic region and will help draw new students to La Salle University.
What is the time frame for hiring coaches?
We will begin a search for head coaches in these sports immediately. We are looking for coaches who understand the Lasallian approach to education, value the student-athlete experience and can recruit and retain highly successful student-athletes. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, contact Senior Associate AD John Lyons at [email protected]
Where will the teams practice and play?
For water polo, we are fortunate to have an outstanding facility in Kirk Pool in the Hayman Center on campus…
Will La Salle be offering athletic scholarships in these sports?
I am a high school student interested in competing in one of these sports at La Salle. What should I do?
Until a head coach is hired, we will be compiling lists of interested student-athletes. Please contact Senior Associate AD John Lyons at [email protected] with your contact information. To learn more about La Salle University, please contact the admissions office at 215-951-1500 or visit www.lasalle.edu/admission.
I am a current La Salle student interested in competing in one of these sports. What should I do?
Until a head coach is hired, we will be compiling lists of interested student-athletes. Please contact Senior Associate AD John Lyons at [email protected] with your contact information.
What conference will the new sports compete in?
We have not yet secured conference affiliation, but it is one of our highest priorities. There are several options in our region in each sport. We will work to find an appropriate conference for all three new sports.