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09-05-2002

Clarkson Launches Division I Women's Hockey

Clarkson University is taking a major step in its athletics program with the establishment of a Division I Women's Hockey Team. The University has been considering this move for several years, and is proceeding with considerable support from trustees, alumni and students.

“While we have a very active and competitive women's club hockey team, the University wants to give women the same opportunities to participate in intercollegiate hockey as we offer to men,” explained President Denny Brown. “We looked at various possibilities for women’s athletics, and hockey represents the most natural option for us to pursue, given campus facilities and traditions.”

Clarkson intends to start the recruiting process this year and enter competitive play during the 2003-2004 season. Rick Seeley, formerly women’s hockey coach at Manhattanville College, has been named head coach and will lay the foundation for the program.

“This is a very exciting step for Clarkson athletics,” continued Brown. “Nearly all of our ECAC competitors in men's hockey now have women's teams as well, and the ECAC is eager to have Clarkson in the mix.”

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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