PARKVILLE, Mo. – Park University Director of Athletics Claude English announced the addition of seven new athletics programs, adding developmental (junior varsity) programs in women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball for the 2017-18 academic year.
"This is really a win for Park University, Pirate athletics, and for our community," English said. "The addition of these seven programs will increase the footprint athletics has on this campus and brings a much-needed increase in opportunity to students who want to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Park."
Park's developmental squads will compete against junior varsity, developmental, and reserve programs from other institutions in both the NAIA and NCAA, as well as area junior colleges that compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The teams will compete in the same facilities as the Pirates' varsity intercollegiate teams, playing a smaller schedule filled primarily by local teams, within a few hours' drive.
"It helps the entire university," said Park men's basketball coach Jason Kline. "At Indiana Tech, we had guys that played JV for a year and they were ready to go for the varsity team by their second season. It's a great training ground and it just brings another element to your program. I'm excited to see what we can do in the basketball program and in all of the other programs adding these teams."
With the addition of the developmental squads, Park University plans to increase its athletics staff with full-time assistant coaches, who will serve as head coaches for the developmental teams as well as assistant coaches for the varsity program.
Potential students interested in competing for Park University can visit the Pirates' Be Recruited section at www.parkathletics.com, or contact the coaching staffs directly, via Park Athletics' online Staff Directory, also at www.parkathletics.com.