Doane College (Neb.) has announced that it will add wrestling and bowling to its intercollegiate athletics lineup.
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the college will relaunch a men's wrestling team as well as add men's and women's varsity bowling teams. This will bring Doane's intercollegiate athletics programs to 23. Doane last had wrestling in the 1970s.
Doane becomes just the second private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska to offer both bowling and wrestling. Nationwide, 41 schools in the NAIA offer wrestling, and 40 offer men's or women's bowling.
"These athletics programs will support the college's strategic plan for incremental, managed growth in the School of Arts and Sciences to 2,000 students over the next 10 years," said Doane College President Jacque Carter. "This growth will ensure Doane not only survives but prospers when other colleges and universities may fail."
A search for head coaches in both sports has begun. Wrestling has an expected roster size of more than 20 student-athletes, and bowling will have 8 on each team.
"There are relatively few schools offering wrestling and bowling compared to the number of talented student-athletes who wish to continue their athletic careers at the college level," said Greg Heier, Doane Athletic Director. "We are excited to offer them the chance to play on a competitive team at a college where they can also excel in an academically challenging environment."