WATERVILLE, Maine – Thomas College Athletics is proud to announce in the fall of 2018, the golf program will move from club status to an NCAA Division III men's varsity sport.
Beginning in 2018-19, men's golf will become a member of the North Atlantic Conference with Husson University, the University of Maine at Farmington, Maine Maritime Academy, Johnson State, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle along with affiliate schools Salem State University and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Director of Athletics Shanda Ness, along with Thomas College administration, approved the addition to its Division III athletics program, which currently consists of 13 intercollegiate sports and three club sports. The golf team will join the men's and women's indoor and outdoor track teams who will also make the transition from club to varsity status next fall.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our student-athletes and coaches," said Ness. "I am confident that under Coach Roberts' leadership, Thomas Golf will be a competitive member of the NAC.
The Terriers will be led by Head Coach Don Roberts who has coached the team since it was reintroduced as a club sport in the fall of 2013. Roberts, who serves as the Head Golf Professional at Waterville Country Club brings over 25 years of experience as a golf professional to the program. Throughout his career he has been named 2000 Golf Digest Best Teacher in State, 2007 Maine PGA Teacher of the Year, Three-time Golf Digest Top 5 Teacher in State (2007, 2008, 2009), and 2012 Maine PGA Golf Professional of Year.
"I am very excited about the transition to varsity status for Thomas College and the student-athletes," said Coach Roberts. "Anytime we can provide more opportunities to participate in golf it's a great thing. I am looking forward to growing the team and becoming a competitive team as soon as possible. We have a strong nucleus in place and hope to add to the team with this announcement."