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Carroll to Add Men's Soccer and Softball by Fall, 2014

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HELENA – Carroll College has announced that it will be adding two intercollegiate sports – men's soccer and women's softball – to its athletics program, with teams set to begin play in the fall of 2014.

"Carroll College and Saints' Athletics are very pleased and excited to announce the addition of these new sports programs," Athletic Director Bruce Parker announced at a press conference, held earlier today at the Carroll PE Center.

The addition of men's soccer and women's softball will bring the athletic department's sport count to fifteen teams, with the most recent addition to the program coming in 2011 with indoor and outdoor track and field.

"We are always looking for opportunities to grow and provide our students with additional outlets to showcase their talents and character," said Carroll President Dr. Tom Evans. "It is truly an exciting time to be a Saint. Both men's soccer and women's softball are benchmark sports within Montana and the Northwest. Current and prospective students will now have the opportunity to pursue an outstanding education while participating in these highly popular sports."

Carroll College will become the fourth school in the Frontier Conference with a men's soccer program, joining Rocky Mountain College, Westminster College and the University of Great Falls. Currently, the University of Great Falls is the only conference affiliate with a softball program.

During Tuesday's press conference, Parker and Evans discussed in detail the decision-making process at Carroll College.

"We have been looking into adding these sports for some time as part of our ongoing strategic planning efforts. We have given careful consideration to the resources necessary to begin competition in these two sports and have received positive feedback while exploring both the interest and feasibility of these additions," Evans said.

Evans and Parker gathered insights and had discussions with current and prospective students in regards to the addition of each sport.

"This has been an exhaustive process and we have benefited from both support on campus and in the Helena community. The City of Helena has been extremely cooperative and helpful in providing us with guidance and information to help make the informed decision that we have come to today," Parker noted.

Parker stated that Carroll will immediately begin its search process for head coaches in each sport as well as begin scheduling for the 2014-15 seasons. With just over six months remaining before the fall sports calendar begins, Parker emphasized the importance of hiring coaching staff and selecting opponents for each team.

"We are fortunate to have great leadership for all of our teams at Carroll and we are excited to add new faces to our programs and continue the tradition of coaching excellence that has benefited our student athletes for decades at Carroll College," Parker said.

The Carroll College men's soccer team will play its home games at Nelson Stadium and negotiations are being finalized to play softball home games at nearby Batch Fields.

Carroll College has received the George Bandy Memorial Conference All-Sports Award the past four seasons and five of the last six years. The award is presented annually in the spring to the Frontier Conference school who has amassed the most points awarded based on league finish across all sports.

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