MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College athletics director Wendell Staton, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Bruce Harshbarger and Interim President Dr. Stas Preczewski are proud to announce the addition of Bobcat women’s volleyball as a varsity sport.
“The decision to add volleyball came as a result of a lengthy and detailed process,” said Preczewski. “We place great emphasis on the student experience and volleyball will enrich that experience. This is a very positive step forward for our University and we eagerly await the positive benefits associated with this new program.
Set for the first season of competition in fall 2013, Bobcat volleyball will give GC athletics 11 varsity sports, all at the NCAA Division II level, and all a part of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
"Volleyball will be a great fit for the Georgia College campus,” said Harshbarger. “The state of Georgia is renowned for its high school volleyball talent, and many volleyball recruits bring strong records of academic achievement. The game will also provide an outstanding fall spectator sport for the entire campus community."
"We are thrilled to add volleyball at Georgia College,” said Staton. “This is a natural and progressive move forward for our University and our department as we continue to offer more opportunities for females on our campus. We carefully researched this for over two years and volleyball is the right program at the right time for our University.”
The team will compete in Georgia College’s 4,071-seat Centennial Center as part of the fall championship season for Bobcat athletics. A nationwide search for the head coach is nearing its final stages.
“Our volleyball program will create even more campus engagement as we are adding a very exciting, popular, and fast paced sport that our students, alumni, and community will enjoy,” said Staton. “We have a very active club volleyball program on our campus, interscholastic volleyball is extremely popular in Georgia, and it is a Peach Belt Conference championship sponsored program. These factors and more made volleyball the clear choice as our 11th program. “
Staton hopes to have a coach in place for the 2012-13 academic year, focusing on recruiting, community involvement and day-to-day operations.
Currently eight of the PBC’s 13 member institutions field varsity volleyball teams. That number will jump to 10 in 2013, as Columbus State University joins Georgia College in starting a new program.
“I want to thank our fee committee for their support in recognizing the importance of adding this program as we strive to reach Title IX compliance,” added Staton. “This is a great day for Georgia College."
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.