Lake Erie College adds track and field and women’s golf programs
Lake Erie College continues its expansion of campus athletic teams with the addition of women’s golf and men’s and women’s track and field for the 2007-08 academic year. Earlier this year, the campus also announced the addition of football as a club sport for the fall 2007 season.
With the addition of these sports, a total of 13 varsity teams will be representing Storm athletics. “One of our priorities at Lake Erie College is to offer a multitude of opportunities for students to stand out in an area that they are passionate about, whether it be athletics or academics,” said President Michael T. Victor. “Student involvement helps build character and leadership. Offering these new sports programs will offer more opportunities for student engagement to help maximize the experience at Lake Erie.”
Women’s golf will join the already established men’s team, which began during the 1992-93 academic year. Milt Johnson, the current men’s golf coach, will also lead the women’s team and both will compete during the fall with Fowler’s Mill serving as their home course.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams, which will be led by current cross country Coach Bryan Harmon, will compete during the spring, utilizing Painesville’s Kiwanis Park as its training facility. The College recently partnered with the City of Painesville and the Painesville City School District to use Jack Britt Memorial Stadium within Kiwanis Park for its home football contests.
Current varsity athletic offerings at Lake Erie College include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball for women and baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer for men. Storm athletics currently compete at the NCAA Division III level; however, the College is in the process of completing an exploratory year to reclassify to Division II status. This will allow Lake Erie to offer athletic scholarships in addition to academic aid.