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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
By Justin Rose, Anchor/Reporter - email
Philippi, W. VA --
"These are very, very historic times for Alderson-Broaddus. This is a great time. This is one of the best opportunities for any young person that they may ever have," Alderson-Broaddus Athletic Director Dennis Creehan stated.
With the addition of men's and women's lacrosse, women's tennis, men's volleyball and football, along with the promise of more to come, Alderson-Broaddus is making a statement that it's about to grow.
"This is all part of enrollment growth, the entire thing is about enrollment. Every opportunity we have to grown enrollment, that's what we're going to do," Creehan added.
Starting a program has its fair share of challenges. Each coach understands that finding the right student-athlete that can come and succeed both on and off the playing surface isn't an over night task. However, each one understands that they've all got a unique experience to offer.
"The multiple kids from Pennsylvania who want to play (men's volleyball) don't get a chance to because they've got kids from California, Hawaii, so those kids are looking for a place that they can play too and at Alderson-Broaddus we can offer competitive volleyball," Men's Volleyball Coach Michael Crane said.
"It's going out and searching for athletes that really want to try and play this sport in college, that might not have gotten the opportunity at another school but really want to go out and give it a shot," Women's Lacrosse Coach Emilia Ward said.
"You could be a part of something, you never know what could happen. We could get a good team and be top one, two, three, in the conference which would be huge for a first year program," Women's Tennis Coach Justin Martin added.
"The most important thing is your academics, you come to college to get a degree or get training to prepare you for graduate school or for your first job, the fun part is playing lacrosse and we're going to have fun playing," Men's Lacrosse Coach Bob Bennett added.
A-B will offer five additional sports under first-year Athletic Director Dennis Creehan beginning in the fall of 2012.