The East Coast is getting another college men’s volleyball team.
Alderson Broaddus University announced Friday that it will begin the process of transitioning its men’s volleyball program to NCAA Division II.
Alderson Broaddus, a private college located in Philippi, West Virginia, with less than 1,000 student enrollment, added the sport in 2012 and has competed the last two seasons as a club team.
“This is an outstanding addition for our student-athletes and our athletic program,” athletic director Dennis Creehan said in a statement. “The president and I are excited for this amazing opportunity to bring in NCAA Division II men’s volleyball to Alderson Broaddus. It is a great chance to grow both our athletic department and our institution.”
The Battlers last season finished 7-8, including road non-conference losses against McKendree and Belmont Abbey. In addition, Alderson Broaddus went undefeated in pool play at the 2014 National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships before losing in the Round of 16.
The transition for a team to NCAA Division II is a multi-year process but several teams such as Cal Baptist and Lindenwood have recently completed a successful transition.
This is the second university from West Virginia to add a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team in the last year. The University of Charleston announced in December that it would add a team starting in the 2015 season.
Along with the transition its men’s volleyball team to Division II, Alderson Broaddus announced it will begin a national search for a new head coach.