MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College has announced its plans to expand its varsity intercollegiate offerings with the addition of women’s ice hockey, slated to begin in the 2015-16 season. The addition will increase the Mustang’s athletics program to 17 varsity teams.

Action-Line-Official-Nhl-Hockey-Puck_20090804944“Morrisville State has been watching the growth of women’s ice hockey closely for several years, waiting to add it to our intercollegiate program when we felt it was the right time for the college,” stated Mustangs Athletic Director Greg Carroll. 

“With the expansion of the sport at both the collegiate and junior levels over the past five years we are very excited to begin competing at the NCAA Division III level in 2015-16.” 

Morrisville State has an excellent on campus facility that has served as home to the men’s program since its addition in 1997, and will facilitate the addition of the women’s program.

Carroll said a national search for a head coach is currently underway. “We have been fielding interest from potential candidates for several months as word of the addition spread across the ice hockey network. 

morrisvillestate1 We have a terrific search committee in place and are very excited about the review of candidates with the goal being to have a new coach in place by July.”

The addition of women’s ice hockey marks the second sport to join the athletics program over the course of the past academic year, as Morrisville State added men’s golf in the summer of 2013. It now brings the women’s athletic offerings to 10 varsity teams, including basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball, hunt seat and western equestrian.

“Women’s ice hockey is a wonderful game,” said Carroll. “We are fortunate to have such great competition so close to our campus and we look forward to building strong relationships with other women’s programs in the area.”