Two new sports will be added to the slate of varsity teams at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the academic year 2017-18, one of which being women’s soccer.
The UM-Dearborn athletic department announced the hiring of Danielle Dow as head coach of the program on Nov. 1.
Dow is a graduate of Penn State University where she also played on the women’s soccer team, helping lead the Nittany Lions to four consecutive Big Ten Conference titles.
“I am so excited to take on the responsibility of starting the UM-Dearborn women’s soccer program,” Dow said in a press release by the UM-Dearborn athletic department. “This is a wonderful opportunity and I can’t wait to start building a legacy with these young ladies.”
Graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing degree from PSU, Dow worked with the soccer programs summer camps.
UM-Dearborn will compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics when they begin varsity play next year.
Two issues Dow will have to address is where the team will play their games. After announcing that women’s soccer would become a varsity sports, Director of Athletics Matt Beaudry said the athletic department would wait until a head coach was hired to allow him or her to help decide where the contests would be played since there is no permanent soccer field located on campus.
The second issue is putting together a roster. UM-Dearborn currently has a women’s soccer team at the club level. Whether or not those players make the varsity team roster will be up to Dow and her coaching staff.