Charlotte, NC - Johnson & Wales Charlotte announced today that it is adding six varsity sports teams for the 2020-2021 academic year. Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Tennis will bring to 11 the number of varsity sports teams on the Charlotte campus.
The university will immediately begin a nationwide search for coaches for the new teams. A head coach will lead both the men's and women's teams in that particular sport. Upon their hire, the coaches will work to recruit interested student-athletes to the Charlotte Campus. Practices and competitions will commence at the onset of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association fall sports season in early August, 2020.
"We are excited to expand our Wildcat Athletics programs to include cross country, golf and tennis teams," commented Director of Athletics Trudi Lacey. "Our current teams are competitive on the field/court and in the classroom, and we will continue our tradition of the pursuit of excellence as we continue to enhance the overall experience of our student-athletes."
Each team is expected to compete locally and regionally against NCAA DIII, NAIA, NCCAA, and USCAA schools. Cross Country and Golf will compete for USCAA national championships in the Fall of 2020 as well. The teams will practice and hold home competitions at metro Charlotte area parks and golf clubs.
Todd Flaherty, Ed.D., interim president of the Charlotte campus, is excited for what the new teams will mean for Johnson & Wales students. "We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new intercollegiate athletic teams for our campus: Cross Country, Tennis and Golf. Building on the excellent tradition and foundation of our existing programs, we believe in the importance of enhancing student success through our student athletes."
The Charlotte campus joins each of the other three Johnson & Wales campuses in offering Cross Country and Golf as varsity sports for both men and women. Charlotte will be just the second campus to offer tennis as a varsity sport, joining the Providence, RI campus in doing so.
The six new sports join the existing sports of women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's basketball. Those teams have combined for thirteen postseason appearances and two national championships since 2012.
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.