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      Widener to Add NCAA Men's Volleyball & Women's Golf in 2017-2018

      New Sports in 2017-18

      Director of Athletics Jack Shafer recently announced that Widener University will sponsor men's volleyball and women's golf as NCAA Division III varsity sports.

      Men's volleyball and women's golf are both classified as spring sports and will begin competing during the 2017-18 academic year. The expansion will bring Widener's total number of varsity sport offerings to 22 total teams.

      "Women's golf and men's volleyball are growing sports in the Middle Atlantic Conference, and we are excited to be among the institutions that are developing these programs in Division III," said Shafer. "We are certainly excited to add two sports that will enhance the student experience at the university."

      This announcement comes shortly after the Middle Atlantic Conference announced it will sponsor men's volleyball beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. Widener now joins Alvernia, Arcadia, Messiah, Misericordia, Stevenson and Wilkes as MAC institutions offering men's volleyball. The university joins 12 schools that offer women's golf. The MAC began hosting a women's golf championship in 2011.

      Both coaching positions for the programs have already been solidified. Donovan Anglin, who just completed his 13th season as the head women's volleyball coach at Widener, will take on the additional role of overseeing the men's program.

      "Donovan has proven his abilities as a successful volleyball coach at Widener since 1994," said Shafer. "He holds the school record for most wins in a season, he saw three of his former student-athletes become valedictorian and he is an experienced club coach. Donovan is a great example of the Division III philosophy and an extremely competitive coach."

      Jim Newlon, who was recently chosen to lead the men's golf team, will take on the additional responsibility of piloting the women's program.

      "Widener Athletics is excited to welcome Jim as our men's and women's golf coach," said Shafer. "Coach Newlon brings a wealth of experience as a PGA teaching pro that will benefit these two groups of student-athletes. We are fortunate to have an exclusive staff member with such experience."


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