NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY TO ADD BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON
Knights men's and women's teams will join the NAIA Division II
CEDAR HILL, Texas–Recruiters from the Northwood University TX campus are beginning to fan out across North Texas in search of student-athletes for the school’s new men’s and women’s basketball teams, with the announcement of the re-launch of the basketball program from Athletic Director Jack Allday. We expect both varsity and junior varsity squads will play this fall.
“Basketball is prevalent in North Texas, and we feel there are a large number of area athletes who would love getting in on the ground floor of the re-launched program,” said Allday.
TX Provost, Dr. Kevin Fegan, added that “Northwood, which offers Bachelor’s degrees in a variety of business disciplines, is a great fit for a young man or woman who intends to pursue a career in business, and also desires to continue playing basketball at a competitive level.”
Northwood is in the midst of a campaign to build a new on-campus special events center. Once completed, the facility will be home to the Northwood Knights Basketball Team. Until then, the basketball teams will practice at a field house and home games will be played at an area private school. Both facilities are within a 10-minute drive from the Northwood campus.
“Coaches for both programs have been identified and are about to be hired”, noted Athletic Director Jack Allday. “We heard from probably two dozen candidates, and interviewed at least half that many,” Allday said. “During that process we met some great coaches. We’re confident that who we hire will be right for the job.”
Founded more than 50 years ago, in Midland, Michigan, Northwood also has a campus in West Palm Beach, Florida, both of which have established basketball programs. The Michigan Timberwolves play NCAA Division II basketball in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while the Florida Seahawks play in the Sun Conference, which is affiliated with the NAIA. Florida’s Seahawks played in the NAIA Division II championship game, held in Kansas City, this season.
The Texas campus also fields teams in baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and programs for both men and women in cross country, track and field, and golf. “The basketball teams will probably play a somewhat limited schedule in the inaugural year, including games against quite a few community colleges”, said Allday. “By year two we will be playing a full conference schedule,” he continued.
“We are competitive in all of our sports, year-in and year-out,” said Allday. “That’s one reason we’re positive that we can also build a really competitive basketball team here as well.” Northwood currently plays in the Red River Athletic Conference.
“We’re in a tough conference,” Allday concluded. “But we do well almost every year in every sport,” he said. “And we’ll be good in basketball as well. Just watch!”
For more information about Northwood Athletics contact Jack Allday at Jallday@Northwood.edu or call 972.293.5478.
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Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.