Athletics at King's
King’s Moves Forward With Club Sports
By Zachary Cochran, Class of 2010
NEW YORK, March 10, 2010—Sean Horan is the new Director of Athletics for The King's College. He left Columbia University when hired by President Andy Mills in November 2009. Horan’s hire represents a pivotal shift toward athletics at King’s.
Horan immediately set up a survey to determine which sports students want most. The sports with the highest student interest are: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, and co-ed Ultimate Frisbee. Horan plans to use this information to set the course for King’s athletic development next year.
Instead of trying to launch multiple teams into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) right away, which is expensive and time-consuming, Horan will be initiating the sports as club sports.
Why club sports?
“Students want to have a lot of input,” said Horan. “I think club sports are perfect for King’s students and the college as a whole…. You pick the training hours, you pick your schedules, you pick the amount of time you want to put into it. It can be as serious as you want it to be.” Students will have Horan’s help finding coaches, scheduling games, and raising money. This will allow students to play the sport without a heavy administrative burden.
“Club sports allow you to compete against other universities on a local, regional, and national level with the opportunity to play for a national championship,” said Horan. “It’s going to be extremely competitive for us. I’d like to have us competing against the Ivy League and the Patriot League.” King’s teams should be able to do this as early as Fall 2010.
Why does Horan think sports are great for King’s?
“I think it’d be a great way to bring the community together and it’d be something that everyone could participate in and cheer alongside,” explained Horan. He believes sports will create a stronger sense of unity as school spirit is fostered.
Horan recommends that anyone interested in athletics at King’s read a NY Times article about club sports: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/sports/02club.html
More information about athletics will be posted on King’s website by the end of March at: http://www.tkc.edu/students/athletics/
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