Mayor Ed Garza, UTSA Athletic Director Lynn Hickey
and UTSA President Ricardo Romo
UTSA athletics announces addition of women's golf and soccer
(Sept. 9, 2004)--UTSA announced Sept. 8 that it will add the sports of women's golf and women's soccer and will sponsor 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams beginning in the 2005-06 sports season.
"In our minds, the addition of both women's soccer and golf is accommodating to the interests of our citizens locally and in the state of Texas," said Lynn Hickey, UTSA's director of athletics, at a press conference at the Westin La Cantera Resort golf clubhouse patio.
"The move will allow us to compete in all but one sport currently offered by the Southland Conference (SLC) and it makes us more equitable in the number of scholarships we will be offering to female student-athletes in comparison to our overall campus population."
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UTSA, which currently sponsors seven sports for both women and men, last added sports in 1991 when baseball and softball were added to the mix.
Sports currently offered at UTSA include women's programs in basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and volleyball. Roadrunner men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
The addition of women's golf and soccer for the 2005-06 sports season will allow UTSA to compete immediately for SLC championships in both sports. Soccer will compete against seven other SLC schools, while golf will play against five others.
Hickey indicated that the search for the women's golf coach would begin later this month, while the women's soccer head coaching position wouldn't be filled until after December 2004.
"This is one of many steps in increasing student life on our campus," Hickey said. "This spring's student initiative is the springboard which has led us to today and beyond. This is just two more steps in what we view as a journey to being a university of the highest degree in both the classroom and on the courts, courses and fields of America, where UTSA athletics carries the university banner proudly."