Add another new school to start a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball program in the region of the country that has experienced the most growth in recent years.
Queens University of Charlotte announced Monday that it will sponsor a NCAA Division II men’s volleyball team beginning in the 2018 season.
Queens, a private university in North Carolina with an enrollment of 2,250 students, is a NCAA Division II school that competes in the South Atlantic Conference. With starting a men’s volleyball program, the Royals also will now sponsor 20 NCAA sports.
“The addition of men’s volleyball is a great complement to our department and the opportunities that Queens provides to participate in intercollegiate athletics,” Queens athletics director Cherie Swarthout said in a statement. “We look forward with great anticipation to having the sport on our campus, and seeing its contributions to the university.”
The Royals will be the 13th team in almost a decade from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia to add a NCAA Division II men’s volleyball program.
Despite the South Atlantic Conference not sponsoring the sport, Queens is the third school from the conference to sponsor men’s volleyball.
Coker has competed as an independent in men’s volleyball since leaving the Conference Carolinas for the South Athletic Conference in 2013. In addition, Lincoln Memorial is preparing for its program’s inaugural season in 2017.
Along with launching its men’s volleyball program, Queens announced Monday that it will immediately begin the search for a head coach.