Webber International University has announced its intention to compete in Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. While the first competitive match won’t occur until next season, the University is currently performing a nationwide search for head coaches for each team and is enrolling athletes interested in building the team from a development team to a competitive powerhouse.
“It’s a sport about which we’ve had lots of inquiries, but as a small school how far you have to travel to play is always a consideration”, said Dr. Keith Wade, the University’s President & CEO. “With 27 men’s and 37 women’s lacrosse teams currently in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and many more exploring the possibilities, we feel like there’s finally critical mass for good competition close to home.”
While any matches played this spring will be exhibition matches and dependent upon having enough players, and the field is not quite finished, Wade expects students. “There’s a group of students who want to get in on the ground floor of something great. When we started football in 2002, with a utility shed as a ‘locker room’, we still had over 80 players (who now affectionately refer to themselves as ‘the shed boys’). You just don’t get to say, ‘I was there when it all began’ very often in this life.”
Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws, and one of the first schools of business for women in the nation, Webber International University now educates men and women from over 50 different nations. Degrees are offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats. Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC) offers a comprehensive liberal arts program and has roots dating to 1896. The University features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities. The University has been recognized as a US News and World Reports Best Regional Colleges: South, a Princeton Review Best Southeastern College, and has earned Petersons’ top marks for academics, value and community. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and numerous programs have earned additional programmatic accreditations.