WATERVILLE, ME- Thomas College Athletic Director, David Roussel ’93, has announced that Thomas will add golf and track & field as co-ed competitive club sports in the fall of 2013. The new club sport programs and the existing club ice hockey program will play competitive schedules against other schools and/or clubs in Maine and New England. Each program will have a qualified coach and all club sports will be administered by the Department of Athletics.
Roussel indicated that Thomas decided to add competitive club sport programs at this time due to data that shows significant interest in these programs by prospective and current students. Roussel said, “the new club sport programs will attract (and retain) qualified students and provide the students with an experience and skills that will enhance the overall education received at Thomas College.” Roussel finished his announcement by stating “a timeline is not in place to move any of the programs to varsity status but the Thomas College athletic department may consider moving club sports to NCAA Division III programs in future years.”
Below are specific details about the club sport programs at Thomas College:
Golf – the new golf team will practice and play at one of the state’s top golf courses – the Waterville Country Club. This beautiful golf course is located less than four miles from Thomas. Additional information on the golf course is available at www.watervillecountryclub.com. Students interested in playing on the golf team at Thomas may also want to explore the golf concentration program. Details about the program are available at www.thomas.edu/content/4156/sport-management-golf-concentration.
Track & Field – this popular sport (2nd for HS boys/1st for HS girls) has been added as a collegiate (NCAA) sport by a large number of institutions across the country and in New England in recent years. There has been growing interest in the sport at Thomas and now is the perfect time to build a strong program. The Thomas program will provide opportunities for students to compete in local and regional invitational meets in running, jumping and throwing events. Thomas will use local athletic facilities for practice.
Ice Hockey – Thomas has had an ice hockey club for many years that has competed in the Central Maine Collegiate Conference. In recent years, the Thomas program has also played exhibition games against other club teams outside of their conference schedule. Ice Hockey is a prominent sport in Maine and Thomas is planning to provide additional competitive opportunities for students that play the sport. There are three local rinks that may be used for practice and competition.
Individuals interested in learning more about club sports at Thomas College are encouraged to make contact with David Roussel by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.