The Daily Express

Intercollegiate Soccer and Softball Added to Owens Express Athletic Programs

  Owens Community College is proud to announce the addition of two new intercollegiate sports to its roster of outstanding athletic programs: men's soccer and women's softball.

  "We're looking forward to the expansion of our athletic programs, as well as the challenges and opportunities these new sports will offer our student-athletes," said Michael Rickard, athletics coordinator for Owens Community College.

  Women's fast-pitch softball will begin this spring as a club sport with current Owens students competing in nearly 25 games. Rickard will serve as interim head coach, but a coach and assistant coach will be hired next year for the team when it becomes an intercollegiate sport during Spring Semester 1999.

  Men's soccer will begin intercollegiate play Fall Semester 1998. Recruiting will begin this summer after a coaching staff is hired. A soccer field is being developed adjacent to the baseball/softball complex on Biniker Drive on the Toledo-area Campus.

  Both teams will be Division III members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and National Junior College Athletic Conference, with Owens Express teams primarily competing against colleges in Ohio and Michigan.

  Owens Express athletics are destined to grow even further as plans are underway for a $7.5 million Student Health and Activities Center, which will include a Fitness Center and Gymnasium/Performance Center.

  Owens Community College already has four successful sports teams of women's volleyball, men's baseball, and men's and women's basketball, all of which have been nationally ranked in the Top 10 during the past two seasons.

Last modified on: Thursday, February 19, 1998
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