Santa Fe College adds volleyball
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
Beginning in 2014, Santa Fe College will have a women’s volleyball program.
College president Dr. Jackson Sasser and the board of trustees made it official this week, voting for intercollegiate volleyball to begin competition during the 2014-15 season, joining the Mid-Florida Conference and allowing 12 scholarships per season.
“The addition of women’s volleyball adds a rich dimension to our college and community,” Sasser said in a release. “The academic and athletic opportunities that this new sport at the college level will provide are innumerable.”
Santa Fe joins a recent influx of schools adding volleyball. The College of Central Florida in Ocala added a team in 2011-12 and just last season captured the Florida state title and played in the national tournament. Daytona State College will start its program this fall.
The addition of volleyball will give the school five sports programs, that also includes men’s basketball and baseball, women’s basketball and fastpitch softball.
“We are very excited about the addition of volleyball and would like to thank President Sasser, Dr. Naima Brown and the Board of Trustees for their support,” Saints athletic director Jim Keites said. “This sport has been requested for many years by our students and the community and we believe it will be well received.”
The Gainesville area has excellent high school volleyball programs and summer programs for aspiring players who are looking to play collegiately. UF volleyball coach Mary Wise is pleased SFC will be adding volleyball.
“Santa Fe is a unique two-year school because of size and location to the University of Florida, and my guess is they will be able to attract talent very well,” Wise said. “Volleyball is the most popular sport in the state amongst female high school athletes, and I don’t think it will take very long to grow the program with the quality of academics and the location.”