ROMEOVILLE – Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek has announced the addition of women’s bowling and women’s lacrosse to the NCAA Division II offerings of the Flyers Athletics Department, beginning in 2018-19.
The addition of these two teams increases Lewis’ scholarship sport offerings from 20 to 22. Since 1980, Lewis has competed as one of 15 current member institutions of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of these sports,” Planek said. “Women’s lacrosse is played in nearly 70 high schools in Illinois and we would be one of the few institutions offering scholarships. It is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and particularly in the Midwest.
“Women’s bowling has also become a popular sport in Illinois. According to the Illinois High School Association website, there are 238 girls bowling teams and adding this to our portfolio increases opportunities for women to compete at the next level.”
Ray Kennelly, senior vice president for enrollment management, marketing and planning, was equally as excited about the new Flyers sport additions.
“With the addition of these two new sports, we not only can increase our enrollment, but we will be able to recruit in markets that have traditionally been outside of our primary territories,” Kennelly said. “We feel it will enhance student life on campus, as well as provide additional opportunities for intercollegiate athletic competition.”
A coaching search for both teams will begin immediately.
Lewis also announced that men’s bowling will be instituted as a club sport beginning in 2018-19 to add to the growing portfolio of 23 club-sport opportunities.