Courtesy of Concordia University Chicago
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- Concordia University Chicago will begin men's volleyball during the 2018-19 academic year. The addition of the program will increase the number of intercollegiate sports programs offered at Concordia University Chicago to 20.
"I look forward to the addition of men's volleyball to our athletics programs and to the student-athletes who will join our community," said Dr. Daniel L. Gard, president of Concordia University Chicago. "This is an exciting announcement for all of us! Go Cougars!"
"We are very excited to welcome more student-athletes to Concordia-Chicago by adding men's volleyball," said Pete Gnan, Concordia-Chicago director of athletics. "In Illinois right now, there are so many high-schoolers playing men's volleyball, but not a tremendous amount of college programs if they wish to continue playing, so we are happy to give them another option."
A national search is underway for a head coach so that recruiting time is adequate to fill the roster in time for the initial season in the spring of 2019.
The teams' official conference affiliation will be the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, with which all other CUC teams except for lacrosse are currently affiliated. Concordia-Chicago will become the ninth NACC institution to sponsor men's volleyball after the current seven schools (Aurora University, Benedictine University, Concordia University Wisconsin, Dominican University, Lakeland University, Marian University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering) and, also beginning in 2018-19, the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Currently, there are 93 men's volleyball programs in the NCAA Division III. The typical season is played from late January through early April with a maximum of 22 regular-season dates allowable.
"By adding men's volleyball at this juncture, Cougar athletics are showing their vision and remaining at the forefront of NCAA college athletics," Gnan says.