The Central Christian College Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet have approved the addition of men’s lacrosse beginning in the Fall of 2017.
The announcement was made by Central Christian Director of Athletics Steve “Twiggs” Reed.
When Reed was hired in the summer of 2015, one of the projects he was tasked with by CCC President Hal Hoxie was to begin looking at other NAIA championship sports that could be added to the college’s lineup of athletic programs that would help place in CCC in the national spotlight and also help to boost enrollment.
In his first year at the helm, Reed added men’s wrestling to the docket, and after many months of research the decision was made to start a men’s lacrosse program at CCC. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and has been gaining popularity here in the central states over the past decade. Currently it is listed as an invitational sport in the NAIA with 30 schools sponsoring a program.
Adding lacrosse at Central makes sense for a couple of reasons. First from an exposure stand point it is a gold mine. According to ncsasports.org, there are currently only five other colleges and universities that offer collegiate scholarships for Lacrosse, they include Kansas State University, Kansas University, Ottawa University, University of St. Mary and Benedictine College. Three of those five, three are NAIA schools so competition for recruits isn’t nearly as high. Secondly, lacrosse is played in the spring so there is less competition for field space among the other CCC programs.
Reed has hired Dexter Goode from Dallas to be the first head coach Goode is already actively recruiting, with the hopes of bringing in 20 lacrosse players for next year.