WMU News

WMU adds two women's sports

June 15, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will add the sports of women's golf and women's precision ice skating to its intercollegiate athletic program during the 1998-99 academic year according to an announcement by director of athletics Kathy Beauregard. These will be the first sports added to the Bronco program since women's soccer in 1996.

Women's golf will have five 1999 spring competitions, including the Mid-American Conference championships. It will be coached by Cindy Trout, a certified member of the Professional Golfer's Association, and most recently the head professional at the Shoal Creek Golf Range in Kansas City, Mo.

Precision ice skating is a winter sport. Its season commences in January and Western will enter five competitions in its inaugural season.

"We're looking forward to having the sports of women's golf and precision ice skating join our intercollegiate athletics program," Beauregard said. "They will provide additional participation opportunities for women student-athletes in our continuing push toward gender equity."

The Bronco athletic program will now comprise 20 sports. The men's programs are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, hockey, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track. The women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, precision ice skating, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball.

Media contact: John Beatty; 616 387-4138; john.beatty@wmich.edu

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