RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College Athletic Director Jackie Myers with support from college leadership has postponed the launch of varsity field hockey until fall 2021. With Head Coach Courtney Hexter leading the efforts, field hockey will remain in place as a club program for the upcoming year.
Athletics cancelations this spring in response to the coronavirus pandemic led to the decision.
"We want this sports program and the student-athletes who participate to experience success from the outset," said Myers. "Since students were not allowed to return to campus after spring break, we lost a critical opportunity for player development with current students. Once we received the support of the college and the generous donor sponsoring this program, it was an easy decision to delay."
Hexter will continue to recruit players for the 2021-2022 academic year, while directing the club program this fall.
"I fully support the decision of President Allen and the Meredith leadership to shift the start of Division III field hockey competition to fall 2021," said Hexter. "A year of club competition is 100 percent in the best interest of the student-athletes, and I am confident that having a full year of preparation will set the program up for success. It's still a very exciting time for field hockey in the south!"