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  • Potomac State announces plans to expand athletic program, upgrade Stayman Field

  • KEYSER– Potomac State College of West Virginia University athletic director Shawn White announced Monday that the college will be adding four new athletic programs to its current line-up, including men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's cross country.
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  • KEYSER– Potomac State College of West Virginia University athletic director Shawn White announced Monday that the college will be adding four new athletic programs to its current line-up, including men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's cross country.
    "The addition of these sports will continue the growth and excitement for athletics at the college," said White.
    Potomac State's athletic department currently consists of seven sports, including women's basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball and men's baseball, basketball, and soccer. Combined, there is approximately 150 student athletes.
    "We're expecting with the addition of these four new sports, our total could jump to more than 200 student athletes."
    White says his research shows that lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation.
    "A lot of thought, time and effort went into this decision regarding cost, travel and the ability to recruit students and coaches to Potomac State. I believe with the strong tradition and history of our athletic department, these programs will eventually gain regional prominence."
    The college plans to recruit from lacrosse hotbeds on the east coast reaching from New York to Virginia.
    In regards to cross country, White believes the campus layout offers the perfect setting for a cross country course. "I can see us hosting NJCAA regional events in the future," he said.
    Fundraising efforts will begin soon to upgrade Stayman Field with artificial turf and lights and renovate the current field house to better support lacrosse, men's and women's soccer and intramural events.
    Additional fundraising efforts will help build a new club house with public restrooms, concession stand and locker rooms as well as adding a press box and grandstands at Golden Park, home of the college's nationally recognized baseball team.
    "I'm pleased that we're pushing our athletic offerings and facilities forward to the next level," said campus provost Leonard Colelli. "These enhancements will not only provide more opportunities to showcase our student athletes but also help the College's recruitment and retention efforts."
    A search for lacrosse and cross country head coaches will begin immediately and once hired, the coaches will spend the remainder of the 2013-2014 academic year recruiting.
    White concluded, "this is another exciting time for Potomac State, if anyone would like to be a part of the fundraising efforts to help bring these projects to fruition, please contact me at 304-788-6879 or SAWhite@mail.wvu.edu."

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