RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College has announced plans to add two new sports, bringing the Avenging Angels to ten. The most immediate addition shifts the two-year club golf program to varsity status beginning this fall. In Fall 2020, Meredith will add field hockey to the atheltics lineup.
"I am pleased that golf is moving to a varsity sport," said Director of Athletics Jackie Myers. "It is a sport that fits the profile of a Meredith student-athlete very well."
The golf team is being coached by Jimmy Hamilton, a certified PGA professional. A golf instructor at Wildwood Green Golf Club since 2012, Hamilton now directs The Golf Academy, while still conducting private lessons and junior programming aimed at long term player development.
The College is conducting a search now for a field hockey coach. Field hockey is not a sponsored sport in the USA South, but there are a number of regional teams that Meredith expects to include on its schedule when play begins next fall.
"Meredith has had great success with its lacrosse team, and I expect the field hockey team will help grow the sport in this region of the country and its popularity among our student-athletes and fans," Myers said.
The new sports are being funded through gifts from Meredith trustees and other donors.
Meredith College competes as a NCAA Division III school in the USA South Conference. The College currently fields teams in basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
The 2007-08 season marked the first year of competition in the USA South Athletic Conference. Since joining the conference, Meredith is the only single gender institution to win USA South championships with soccer earning a tournament championship in 2008 and tennis in 2009. Cross Country earned the women's conference title three consecutive years beginning in 2013, and volleyball earned the tournament crown in 2016 and 2018. Lacrosse has collected six consecutive USA South conference tournament championships during the program's seven-year existence.