New sports to begin in 2016-17
New coaches eager to get started
By Jason Lucente
Bryan Rizzo has just announced that Patrick Daugherty and Bryan Bressler (pictured on left) have been hired in as new coaches. Daugherty is coaching the men’s and women’s indoor/outdoor track team and Bressler is coaching the men’s and women’s bowling team.
Patrick Daugherty is currently the head coach of Madonna’s cross country team and was named the head coach of the track teams as of Monday, September 21.
Daugherty is also eager to get started.
“I am excited and humbled to be coaching the Madonna University track and field teams. I am very proud of what we have accomplished with the cross-country team over the past 10 years. But now we can be a more complete program with addition of both men's and women's indoor and outdoor track teams,” said Daugherty
Bryan Bressler is taking on his first Madonna coaching job as the new bowling coach. He was named the head coach on Thursday, September 24.
Bressler comes to Madonna with 10 years of coaching experience including a stint as the head coach at Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) rival Lawrence Tech from 2011-14.
"The opportunity to start a bowling program from the ground up made me want to apply for the job here at Madonna," commented Bressler. "I believe that we can be successful here because I think I know talent and can recruit talent to Madonna. My goal is to have at least one full team for the men and women year one and grow to two or more the following seasons going forward,” said Bressler.
The Lacrosse team has yet to name a head coach, but there will most likely be a hiring very soon.
By Jason Lucente
Madonna University will bring in eight new sports to increase enrollment and expand the athletic offerings for students.
Four new sports will be brought in for men and women: lacrosse, bowling, indoor track, and outdoor track.
Madonna has made it a priority to try and draw more students with athletic programs.
“A big part of the reason we decided to bring in new sports was to help make a better campus experience for the students and bring more life to the school,” said Bryan Rizzo, athletic director.
The school may have plans to bring in more sports, such as football or hockey, in the future, but would need to build other facilities to accommodate them.
“We plan to have more than 18 sports,” said Rizzo. “The sports that we brought in were the best fit for us right now.”
The new sports will share facilities with the other teams. The new lacrosse teams will practice and have games on the soccer field. The track teams will share with some of the cross-country runners, and the bowling team will use a nearby facility.
Some student athletes are not thrilled about bringing in the new sports. The fact that there weren’t any new facilities put in isn’t sitting well with some athletes.
"I wasn’t a fan of putting in new sports teams because of the lack of facilities,” said Ryan Freemantle, baseball player. “I think that if we were going to bring in a new sports team, we should’ve brought in a hockey team. They could play at Compuware if need be.”
There were issues from other student athletes about the facilities as well.
“Since we are bringing in a new track team, we should get a new track,” said Ryan Carrigan, cross country runner and Nursing major. “If we have a meet at home, we can’t run here. We would need to go to Churchill or Ladywood.”
Although some students are not too happy about the change, others are trying to look at it in a positive way.
“I think it is a good opportunity to work on speed with some of the track races, and it keeps us in good shape,” said Michael Gibson, cross country runner and psychology major.
Other students are happy that there will be more to do around Madonna.
“I will definitely be attending the other sports that we will be bringing in,” said Carrigan. “I think it will be good for the other students because we can attend more events with our friends.”
The new sports teams will start their season next year and it is yet to be said if Madonna is going to put in new facilities for the teams or not.