As ACU prepares to transition into Division I next year, many have questioned whether the athletic department will add more athletic programs.
But according to the ACU Director of Athletics Jared Mosley, this is not the case.
“We are good on the sponsorship side of things and meeting NCAA expectations,” Mosley said.
The NCAA requires that a school has a minimum of 14 teams in order to be a part of the Division I level.
The Wildcats currently boast 16 teams, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
However, this doesn’t mean that the addition of teams will not be considered in the future.
“We have had discussions of possibly adding another women’s program at some point down the road,” Mosley said.
“But we have not really had anything substantial lined up by the way of an action plan to this point.”
The Southland Conference, which ACU will join in July 2013, has several schools who already have more women’s sports than men’s.
McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Incarnate Word all have more women’s programs than men’s.
ACU currently has eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams.
A few of the sports that are represented in the Southland Conference that ACU does not have include women’s bowling, swimming and diving, and synchonized swimming.
The Wildcats also do not have a women’s golfÂ team or men’s soccer team.
But as far as adding teams to the athletic program, the school doesn’t anticipate any major changes going into the next few years.