WICHITA, Kan. - The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) revealed the addition of women's wrestling today as its newest varsity sport.
The University of Jamestown women's wrestling team will be an associate member of the conference, marking the first time in program history that the Jimmies have had a conference to call home.
Five programs will comprise the KCAC wrestling division. Midland (Neb.) University and Missouri Valley College will join UJ as associate members of the KCAC, and current KCAC schools Ottawa (Kan.) University and University of Saint Mary (Kan.) round out the group.
"Following our associate member sport model developed for men's and women's lacrosse, I am pleased to have the collaboration from these five programs coming together for the further development of women's wrestling," stated Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner. "This effort puts the KCAC and these five programs at the forefront of helping the NAIA take women's wrestling from an emerging sport to an eventual championship sport."
Ottawa University's Athletic Director Arabie Conner said, "Over the last two years, women's wrestling has been a great addition to our athletic department sports offerings at OU. We're very pleased to see the growth of the sport at the high school level and regionally with more and more collegiate opportunities for women. Having other regional institutions that sponsor women's wrestling join the KCAC in partnership to enhance the experience for the student-athletes is a great to see."
"We are thrilled to find a conference home for our women's wrestling program. Now our student-athletes can compete for a conference championship as a team and as individuals," Sean Johnson, Athletic Director at University of Jamestown said. "This is an important step in the history of our program."
"I am very excited to be a part of growing women's collegiate wrestling," said Jimmie head coach Shawna Kemp. "Joining a conference gives my athletes and university more opportunities for recognition, as well as more exposure for our sport to the public."