The University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Athletic Department has proven year after year to be one of the strongest in the nation. The success of Patriot athletics as a whole can be contributed to a multitude of things such as the outstanding student athletes, talented coaches, and dedicated athletic department which work hard year in and year out to put Cumberlands at the top. The Patriots currently compete in 24 sports (12 men’s and 12 women’s sports) as well as co-ed cheerleading. In the spring of 2015, the Patriots will be offering its newest sport, lacrosse.
Lacrosse will become the University of the Cumberlands’ 25th and 26th sport offered, as both a men’s and women’s program will be added. The athletic department is still exploring different leagues and associations across the nation, wanting to become a member of a league with schools similar to Cumberland in stature as well as competitive level. With schools in surrounding states already sponsoring lacrosse, several other schools in the Mid-South Conference are making plans to add lacrosse as well.
“We want to take our time and make the best decision we can for our program,” athletic director Randy Vernon commented. “Because we will not actually be competing until the spring of 2015, we have some time to figure it out.”
For a team to compete collegiately there must be at least 11 members on the field, Cumberlands is hoping to attain around 20 for the first year. New student-athletes are preferred, but UC welcomes current students as well.
When asked about the emergence of the lacrosse program at the University of the Cumberlands, Vernon commented, “I think lacrosse will be a very good addition to our athletic program. It is the fastest growing sport in America and will probably become a NAIA championship sport in the near future.”