By Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
Golf will be added to the growing list of sports offered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, the school announced on Monday. Both a men’s and women’s team will be offered.
The teams will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) at the national level and in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). The Wolverines will be the eleventh school to add golf programs in the conference.
No coaches were named on Monday, though a national search will commence immediately.
UM-Dearborn Director of Athletics Matt Beaudry said he was excited to add golf at the university.
“The history and tradition of men’s and women’s golf through the conference and national level will bring tremendous opportunity and value to UM-Dearborn,” he said in a release. “We firmly believe participation in sport provides student-athletes an opportunity to achieve valuable lessons for life upon graduation, while supporting the educational community and the University’s mission.”
The addition of the golf teams comes on the heels of multiple new additions in the atheltic department at UM-Dearborn.
The 2017-2018 academic year saw the first seasons of men’s and women’s soccer, while women’s ice hockey and bowling programs for men and women are set to debut in the 2018-2019 academic year. The athletic department has grown from just three varsity sports and a varsity club sport prior to the 2007-2008 academic year when they added softball.
UM-Dearborn will now have 14 NAIA varsity sports and two varsity club programs (men’s and women’s ice hockey) starting in the 2019-2020 academic year.
“We are excited and look forward to these new sports helping us continue the momentum and success at UM-Dearborn,” Beaudry said.