OREM, Utah - The Utah Valley State athletic department continues to make strides in becoming not just another Division I name, but a competitor in the D-I world. Expansion is part of that dream as Wolverine athletic director Mike Jacobsen announced that women-s golf will be added to the department resume in the fall of 2005.
-We have been making plans to add women-s golf for some time now,- Jacobsen said. -It will be a great opportunity for some very skilled student athletes to have an opportunity to compete collegiately.-
Current head men-s golf coach, Tommy Johnson, will be named Utah Valley State Director of Golf and will oversee both programs. A head women-s golf coach will also be hired to administer the women-s team.
-I-m very pleased and grateful that Mike [Jacobsen] thinks enough of me to give me this opportunity,- said Johnson. -I am committed to do everything in my power to build both programs into elite status.-
As the Wolverines continue to search for a conference, Jacobsen feels the continued expansion in core sports will help make the school more appealing.
-Most all conferences have required core sports and women-s golf is one of them, - Jacobsen said. -We want to be ready when a conference opportunity comes.
-It-s just a matter of time, before all of our programs at Utah Valley State are well known among other schools in the country,- said Johnson. -Adding women-s golf is just another step in the right direction.-
Jacobsen said that a search for a women-s golf coach will start immediately.