Emmitsburg, Md. (September 1, 2017) -- Mount St. Mary's University Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson has announced the Mount will reinstate men's and women's golf and add women's bowling as varsity programs beginning in the fall of 2018.
The announcement is part of a continued plan to expand the Mount's Division I, intercollegiate athletics programming over the next few years. These three programs, along with the reinstatement of men's soccer, will bring the Mount's total number of varsity programs to 22 for the 2018-19 season.
"This is an exciting time to be a student-athlete at the Mount," said Mount St. Mary's University President Timothy Trainor, Ph.D. "We're looking forward to men's and women's golf building on past successes, and pleased to add women's bowling to our growing number of Division I programs."
Men's and women's golf will compete for the first time since 2013. Both programs will look to return to prominence in the Northeast Conference (NEC) after earning team and individual accomplishments prior to each going on hiatus. The men's team captured its first NEC Championship in program history in 2012, with a team-record four players finishing among the top seven in the tournament. The Mountaineers advanced to the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, North Carolina following their conference title run, where they claimed a 13th-place finish.
"We are thrilled to announce the reinstatement of the Mount St. Mary's University men's and women's golf programs," said Robinson. "After a five-year hiatus, we look forward to having our golf teams back on the links representing the Mount in the fall of 2018. We also look forward to re-engaging with our loyal golf alumni who have been a part of Mount Athletics for so many years. We will begin the search process for a head coach immediately."
Women's bowling will make its debut as a varsity program at the Mount, and compete in the NEC, one of the top bowling conferences. The NEC has had at least one representative in the eight-team NCAA Bowling Championship field in eight of the nine years it has sponsored the sport. Last season, five of the league's seven members were ranked in the final edition of the National Tenpins Coaches Association Top-25 poll, including two (Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart) in the top-10. In 2016, the NEC served as the official site host for the NCAA Championships in North Brunswick, N.J.
"We are very excited to add the sport of women's bowling at Mount St. Mary's University, starting in 2018-19," said Robinson. "Women's bowling is a very successful and popular sport in the Northeast Conference and it continues to grow at the youth and high school levels. We are confident that women's bowling will be a great addition to the intercollegiate athletic programs offered at the Mount. The search process for a head coach will begin immediately."