WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – After a 38-year hiatus, intercollegiate men’s golf will again be offered by Eastern Connecticut State University, giving the University 19 programs by the fall of 2020.
The addition of men’s golf follows the announcement last October of the addition of men’s swimming, which is beginning this fall under the direction of women’s and men’s coach Sarit Gluz.
The addition of men’s golf and men’s swimming bring the total of men’s offerings to nine, joining soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, indoor and outdoor track & field and lacrosse. There are currently ten programs for women: cross country, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, softball, and lacrosse.
“I’m am very excited about adding men’s golf to our complement of varsity sport offerings here at Eastern,” said Director of Athletics Lori Runksmeier. “I believe this commitment demonstrates the support that our president, Dr. Elsa Nunez, and other members of the administration give our student-athletes and the entire athletic department.”
Along with men’s swimming and diving, men’s golf will become a Little East Conference championship sport during the 2020-21 academic year. Eastern will join golf programs from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Rhode Island College, University of Southern Maine, Western Connecticut State University and Castleton University in the conference. A single-event meet is scheduled for October of 2020 to determine the conference champion.
The golf program will come under the direction of a part-time coach and will tentatively play its home matches at the Windham Club in North Windham.
Men’s golf was initially instituted in 1961 upon the hiring of Tom Nevers, who coached golf in the spring and men’s soccer in the fall until golf was eliminated after the spring season of 1982 as a cost-saving measure.