posted on January 09, 2014 10:39
The University of Mobile announces the addition of men's and women's outdoor track and field athletic programs beginning in fall 2014. UMobile Athletic Director Joe Niland said the next step will be to hire a coach who will start recruiting this spring and developing the programs.
The Rams will have 15 intercollegiate sports competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) beginning fall 2014. Currently, UMobile competes in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball and women’s softball.
The university previously had the outdoor track and field programs from 1993-2004.The programs produced 11 NAIA All-Americans during that time and UMobile’s Ivana Skladana won the 1,500-meter NAIA National Championship in 1995. The Rams had individuals and/or teams compete at nationals each season from 1994-00.
Niland said the time is right to bring the programs back to UMobile.
"With the quality of high school track and field in the area, it's a natural fit for our athletic program, and we feel we can develop quality programs as we have in the past," Niland said. “This addition to our athletic program will provide more opportunities for student-athletes to experience what the University of Mobile has to offer. We believe it’s very important here at UMobile that we develop well-rounded individuals, not only athletically, but intellectually and spiritually as well.”
Belhaven, Bethel, Brenau (women only), Brewton-Parker, Emmanuel, Loyola, Southern Wesleyan, Spring Hill and William Carey are other SSAC members that have track and field programs.
The NAIA currently has 163 schools competing in men's outdoor track and field and 169 competing in women's outdoor track and field.
For information about athletic programs at the University of Mobile, call the Athletic Department at 251.442.2278 or visit the website at www.umobile.edu.