In time for Spring of 2017
Cumberland University will add men's and women's outdoor track and field to its list of sport offerings beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, as announced Tuesday by Director of Athletics Ron Pavan.
Cumberland has not had track and field as a varsity sport in more than 50 years but has offered cross country for most of the last 15 years.
"This is a great way for our University to continue to add quality students and to tap into the large pool of track athletes in the greater middle Tennessee area," Pavan said.
The University plans to hire a head coach later this fall to begin work on campus around January 1 and recruit next spring.
"By making the hire early, we can have someone in place who can begin recruiting right way," Pavan said.
Cumberland's football facility, Nokes-Lasater Field, has a six-lane asphalt track -- suitable for practice -- but short by two lanes of the necessary eight lanes to host competitions.
"We can certainly train at practice at Nokes-Lasater Field," Pavan said, "and we have locker facilities already in place for both the men's and women's teams."