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Women’s soccer kicking its way into VSU in 2011

Michael Wilson
Sports Editor
mhwilson@valdosta.edu

 Silly boys, kicks are for girls. That is the case, anyway, for the Valdosta State University Athletics program.
 VSU’s President Patrick Schloss and Herb Reinhard, athletic director, announced the addition of women’s soccer to the athletic program at a press conference Wednesday in the UC theatre. 
 The team will be the 12 VSU athletics team and is slated to kick-off in fall 2011. The university currently has 11 sponsored sports including football, volleyball, and two cross country teams currently in mid-season. The women’s soccer team will be the sixth women’s sport sponsored by VSU.
 President Schloss is proud of this addition and feels confident about the future success of the team.
 “We will join the Gulf South Conference as one of nine schools to sponsor this sport,” President Schloss said. “We feel that we are well positioned geographically to become a power in this sport and look forward to seeing this new team uphold the proud tradition that is Valdosta State Athletics.”
 The addition of the team makes VSU the 21st school in the state to sponsor a women’s soccer team and the seventh Division II University.
 President Schloss praised both the athletic department and the SGA for finding a way to fit the new addition into the budget for athletics.
 “I would like to say that we really appreciate the Student Government Association for its support and input as we have moved forward with adding another sport at Valdosta State,” President Schloss said. “Likewise, the support from our community, which has already stepped forward with offers of funding, has been unbelievable.”
 Reinhard also stated that the athletic department would start a nationwide search for the head coach of the team sometime in the coming weeks. The athletic department hopes to find a coach by the end of the calendar year.

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