by Melisssa Zaldivar sports editor
The Moody Athletics Department has been undergoing some significant changes in the last months. First, men’s volleyball switched leagues from National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference (WVC). Don Martindell, athletic director, said, “We formerly competed in NAIA, where all of the other colleges provided athletic scholarships for their players. Obviously, Moody does not offer athletic scholarships, so the ‘playing field’ was never level.
While we maintained a vigorous Christian testimony for the NAIA teams, it was becoming evident that we could not compete with these advanced programs.”
Northland International University, who has been a member of the WVC since 2003, recommended Moody to the Conference. Men’s volleyball had a great season in its new conference, with a record of 14-12, a second place finish in the WVC for the regular season and third place for the Play-Offs.
Joe Lab, junior sports ministry major, was selected for the WVC All-Conference Team and Jon Brubaker, senior pastoral major, was a recipient of the Conference Sportsmanship Award. On Wed., April 11, Martindell announced to the student body that Moody is adding women’s cross country to its list of varsity sports next fall. Martindell notes that adding this sport has been a long time coming, since men’s sports have three teams and women have only two.
An informational meeting with newly appointed head couth Troy Fichter was held on Tues., April 17 at the Solheim Center for all interested female runners. “Coach Fichter is uniquely qualified for this task, being an avid distance runner himself, having now taught multiple courses in our LF Program and recently completing a Master’s Degree in Sport Fitness,” Martindell said. “There is no commitment required by attending the meeting, so all levels of running experience are invited to come and check out our latest addition to Archer Sports.”
Martindell added that, though cross country was selected as the most economical choice for a new sport, his department thoroughly explored adding a women’s soccer team. “After conferring with the Athletic Department, Facilities, Grounds Keeping, Treasury Operations and of course the Executive Cabinet, it was determined that Moody could not add women’s soccer as an intercollegiate sport until we are able to resurface the current soccer field with artificial turf and an outdoor lighting system,” he said.
Martindell is available via email for any questions regarding women’s athletics opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.