University Adds Two Sports to Athletics Program University Will Add Men's Lacrosse, Women's Swimming

July 29, 2004

University athletics program for the 2005-06 school year, it was announced by Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy. The Lions currently field 13 NCAA Division II sponsored teams. The two new programs currently field club teams. Reidy said the timetable is to start a coaching search for both programs October 1 with a target date of mid November for hiring coaches with a January 1, 2005 starting date. “The new coaches will keep the club program running, recruit student-athletes and build schedules for the 2005-06 season,' said Reidy. “We will compete as an Independent in both sports initially.'

Reidy said his goal was to look at starting women’s lacrosse and men’s swimming in time for the 2006-07 school year. “The sport of lacrosse is growing nationally and will be a high school championship sport in Florida this school year,' Reidy pointed out. “We will be the first University of any size to have intercollegiate lacrosse in Florida, and I feel this will be a huge advantage in starting the program. There are already club teams in place on campus so we have a nucleus to build upon.

“Almost every high school in Florida has swimming, and there are three other Sunshine State Conference members (Florida Southern College, Rollins College and the University of Tampa) that have swimming programs. We hope to have one more school initiate swimming, so that we can have a Conference Championship in the sport of swimming.'

Other sports Saint Leo competes in at the NCAA Division II level include men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf.