ROCKFORD — Rockford University announced Wednesday that the school will add women's golf and men's volleyball for the 2019-20 academic year. With the additions, the Regents will compete in a total of 16 sports.
"Adding women's golf will enhance the opportunities and experiences of female student-athletes at our institution," RU director of athletics Jason Mulligan said in a press release. "Women's golf will be a great addition to our varsity sport programs because of the interest among current and prospective students, as well as the opportunity to compete for the NACC Championship."
On Thursday, the university announced the hiring of Michael Lanera to lead the new men’s volleyball program. Lanera has spent time in the area coaching the boys varsity team at Auburn and with Rockford Volleyball Club.
"Boys' volleyball has grown significantly in recent years in the Rockford area, and there are a lot of talented young men looking to continue playing at the collegiate level," Lanera said in a press release. "I feel confident and am excited that we will be able to recruit some outstanding student-athletes to Rockford University and build a strong program for many years to come."
Rockford University competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference at the NCAA Division III level.