BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College is adding to its fold as the southeastern Kentucky institution has reinstated bowling as an intercollegiate athletic program, Director of Athletics Darin S. Wilson announced recently.
"I am pleased that we are bringing bowling back to Union," Wilson said. "Bowling will compliment our athletic department by giving us another non-traditional sport that I feel we can excel in."
Union will field a men's team and a women's team and will began competitive play in 2008-09. Bowling puts the number of Union's intercollegiate offerings at 22.
Bowling is the second non-traditional sport to be offered at Union. For the past 10 years, Union has sponsored cycling, which has produced nine All-Americans, five individual national champions and one team national championship.
Nearly 30 years ago, Union offered bowling as an intercollegiate sport. And after an extended hiatus, the sport is making a return.
"Bowling is one of the fastest growing high school sports," Wilson added, "and I think we will be able to recruit not only quality bowlers but quality students as well."
Approximately 50 NCAA schools sponsor bowling, and in 2003-04, the NCAA added women's bowling as a championship sport.
In the NAIA, Union becomes the 14th institution to offer bowling with Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College and Pikeville (Ky.) College among the others.
Union will compete as part of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships. Union's home lanes will be Forest Lanes in Corbin, Ky., and search for a head coach will commence immediately.
For more information about collegiate bowling, visit www.bowl.com.