Ferrum Set to Restart Field Hockey Program

Field Hockey

Ferrum, VA (Nov. 19, 2013) – Ferrum College has announced plans to restart its intercollegiate field hockey program, beginning in the fall of 2014. A search will get underway immediately for a head coach, who will begin recruiting for the varsity program.

Ferrum offered field hockey in the late 1960s, before varsity sports came on board for women, with Carol Sandidge coaching the club team. Nearly 30 years later, field hockey was brought back as a varsity program in 1998, with Annemarie Pelliccio serving as head coach.

This reinvigorated women’s sport will join Ferrum’s other most recent NCAA Division III offering, men’s wrestling, which officially opened its season last week with a win over Washington & Lee, as well a new equestrian club that was recently formed. Along with men’s lacrosse, men’s & women’s swimming, and wrestling, field hockey will be an NCAA Division III independent sport.

Ferrum president Jennifer Braaten notes that the College is fortunate to be able to serve its students with a widening array of athletic opportunities.

“We offer over thirty academic majors and dozens of extracurricular clubs and organizations.  With our mission to educate the whole person in mind, body and spirit, and the national emphasis on health and wellness, the more sports programs we can offer, the more successful the overall educational experience will be for our students,” said Braaten.

For more information on Ferrum College athletics or field hockey, please contact Sports Information Director Gary Holden at (540) 365-4306 or gholden@ferrum.edu, or visit www.ferrumpanthers.com

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College celebrates its centennial in 2013.