HONOLULU, HI – Hawai‘i Pacific University will add women's golf as a varsity sport beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.
HPU Athletics now features 13 sports, seven of which are available to women.
Steven Lorick will lead the program as the head coach; Lorick is currently in his first season as the head coach for the men's golf team. Beginning in the fall, Lorick will lead both programs.
"I am a huge fan of women's golf. The addition of a women's golf team is an asset to the HPU athletics program and to the university," Lorick said. "I am honored to serve as the head golf coach for both the men's and women's teams."
The Sea Warriors will compete in the Pacific West Conference with the remainder of the HPU athletic programs. In 2012-13, women's golf will debut as a PacWest sport.
"We're tremendously pleased that Hawai‘i Pacific is adding women's golf," Bob Hogue, commissioner of the conference, stated. "It's another example of the growing nature of the PacWest - up to 15 official sports next year. We look forward to the Sea Warriors participating in the historic first PacWest women's golf championships in 2013."
The team is likely to feature six to 10 student-athletes and an assistant coach. It is the first new sport added at HPU since men's soccer, women's soccer and women's basketball were introduced in 2006.
"We are pleased to be adding women's golf to our already strong athletics department," Darren Vorderbruegge, the HPU director of athletics, said. "The timing is right as the conference begins to sponsor women's golf as a PacWest sport. One thing we are excited about is the opportunity this will provide for young women in Hawai‘i to compete collegiately in golf. Thanks to HPU President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister for supporting the growth of Sea Warrior sports."