TIFFIN -- Heidelberg University will add both women's and men's lacrosse to its slate of varsity athletic programs, with intercollegiate action beginning during the 2016-17 academic year.
"The popularity of lacrosse expanding in the region, and as a result, the interest to add the sport at Heidelberg is at an all-time high," said athletic director Matt Palm. "With the Ohio High School Athletic Association adding lacrosse as a sanctioned sport for 2017, the time is right for us."
Heidelberg is the ninth school in the Ohio Athletic Conference to add lacrosse, with the traditional season taking place in the spring.
The move comes on the heels of the re-formation of lacrosse as a club sport at Heidelberg. The new club team is scheduled to begin play during the 2015-16 school year. Lacrosse has been played recreationally at the institution for decades, most notably during the 1980s.
"Bringing lacrosse on campus is another opportunity for us to add value to the Heidelberg experience," said Palm.
Heidelberg lacrosse will play its home games on the artificial turf at Hoernemann Stadium. Adding men's and women's lacrosse will bring the total number of varsity teams on campus to 22.
The search for head coaches of both squads will commence throughout the remainder of the summer.
"We are looking for two highly skilled professionals to hit the ground running with recruiting and structuring the program," said Palm.