Drury announces addition of four non-NCAA sports beginning in 2015-16

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 25, 2015 — Drury University is introducing four new non-NCAA sports to its lineup of sanctioned competitive athletics beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

Cycling, triathlon, bass fishing and bowling will join ice hockey and ultimate Frisbee as non-NCAA sports at Drury. Ice hockey is new this year and competing at Springfield’s Mediacom Ice Park, while ultimate Frisbee has been a popular competitive sport on campus for several years now.

Non-NCAA sports allow students to participate in a wider variety of intercollegiate competition beyond mainline athletics. The expansion continues Drury’s tradition of providing a wide range of outlets for students’ interests beyond the classroom, and will give current and incoming students even more options to consider.

“We’re extremely excited about adding these four new sports to our program beginning this fall,” said Edsel Matthews, interim director of athletics. “We have an outstanding group of coaches to lead each sport, and we have been successful in securing sponsorships to financially support each new program as well.

The coaches, who are working in a part-time capacity, include:

Bowling – Larry Hughes has more than 40 years of experience in the world of sanctioned bowling and is a member of the Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame.

Bass fishing – Rick Emmitt has more than 30 years of fishing industry and tournament fishing experience and has managed the Bass Pro/Nitro bass fishing team for six years.

Cycling – Brad Huff has been a professional cyclist for more a decade and won numerous national titles and is a two-time Pan American Track Champion. Huff has raced on nearly every continent and is currently racing professionally as a member of the Optum pro cycling team presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies.

Triathlon – Dave Armstrong has competed in more than 50 triathlons, including four Ironman Triathlons, two Ironman World Championships and two Subaru Ironman Canada triathlons.

Each of the four coaches are now recruiting students for the upcoming 2015-16 year. Anyone seeking information about the teams can call the DU Athletics Department at (417) 873-7265 or contact the coaches directly using the following email addresses:

bowling@drury.edu

bassfishing@drury.edu

triathlon@drury.edu

cycling@drury.edu

Media Contact: Scott Puryear, Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Office: (417) 873-4097; email: spuryear@drury.edu.

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