Moncton – Crandall University's Chargers Athletics announced today their intention to enter a women's volleyball team in the ACAA lineup for the 2019-2020 season.
"I believe [this] to be one of three major days to remember in the life of Crandall University athletics," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Teah Bailey at the announcement. "My personal mission [as Director of Athletics and Recreation] was and still is to grow our profile among elite athletes all over Canada and create a space where elite athletes with faith backgrounds could continue to be competitive elite athletes while studying in an environment that supports them in their beliefs."
The entry of a new team in the ACAA will need to be confirmed at the league's 2019 Annual General Meeting, but in the meantime, Crandall is making the preparations necessary to support a new group of student athletes.
"We will be joining 8 other programs in a very competitive league that boasts some great volleyball," continued Bailey. "Leading this team will be head coach Colin Cook of Moncton, NB. Colin has an extensive background in the volleyball community and will provide great leadership to our women going forward."
"We're very excited at the prospect of declaring with the league our intention to engage in women's volleyball next year," said Crandall President Dr. Bruce Fawcett. "I want to thank Teah Bailey for his leadership, and I'm very pleased that we're able to announce Colin Cook as our head coach."
Pending the approval of the league, Women's volleyball will be offered alongside existing varsity sports at Crandall: Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Basketball (Crandall will be hosting the 2019 ACAA Basketball Championships on March 1-3), Cross Country, and Boxing.