DAYTON – Wright State University’s Department of Athletics announces the addition of three NCAA sports offerings – women’s bowling, men’s athletics and men’s outdoor courts – with the latest Raider programs to begin the competition in the 2022-23 academic year.
“We are excited to bring these sports to the Wright State community,” said Wright State Athletics Director. Bob Grant he said. “We are looking forward to welcoming new student-athletes in these sports and I am confident that these future Raiders will become great ambassadors of the university. We are thrilled to be able to welcome more student athletes to our Raider family. ”
Women’s bowling became an NCAA-sponsored sport for the 2003-04 school year, and the first NCAA Championship was held in April 2004. There are currently just under 100 NCAA Women’s Bowling Programs participating in the 2021-22 academic year, with the University Bowling season lasting from late October to late March and the NCAA Championship held in April.
Wright State becomes the fifth school in Ohio to sponsor the NCAA Women’s Bowling. Other schools that offer this sport include: Duquesne, Nebraska, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Valparaiso and Youngstown.
The addition of the men’s indoor and outdoor athletics game will make Wright State the ninth program for men in the Horizon League. The Raiders used to have student-athletes who competed in various indoor and outdoor meetings over the years.
“We are very excited to be able to add to the men’s indoor and outdoor athletics race,” he said. Rick Williamson, head coach in cross country and athletics. “Giving our men’s cross-country runners the opportunity to compete for the Horizon League Championship on the track during the winter and spring will certainly help us raise our program to a higher level. We will also strive to expand our program beyond distance disciplines, with an eye on strengthening our list so that we have a more complete program. “
The Vright State Women’s Bowling Team won Club Nationals in 2015 and 2019, with third place in 2013. The club team has also qualified for state competitions five more times since 2009. Vright State men’s and women’s club bowling teams will continue to compete and work through the Campus Recreation Office. The new NCAA bowling program for women will be within the Athletics Department and will have its own list of student athletes and coaches.
The Raiders will start competing in these new sports during the 2022-23 school year.