At a time when many institutions are dropping sports due to budgetary constraints, Husson University continues to add sports.
Husson will add women’s outdoor and indoor track teams, according to athletic director Bob Reasso.
The Eagles will offer outdoor track next spring and indoor track the following winter (2012).
“This will provide more opportunities for new female student-athletes as well as for student-athletes who are already here,” said Reasso.
“Track is a unique sport,” added Reasso. “It allows kids with all different types of (attributes) to be involved. It is both an individual sport and a team sport.”
Reasso praised Husson president Bob Clark and Dick Trott, the chairman of the Husson Board of Trustees, for their support.
“We’re very lucky they’ve embraced our vision for the athletic program,” said Reasso.
Husson has now added five sports over a six-year span, including the outdoor and indoor track programs. The others are men’s and women’s lacrosse and women’s cross country.
“This will be really awesome. I’m so excited,” said senior Angela Stauble, who starred for the school’s first-year women’s cross country program this past fall and has another year of eligibility.
“Track provides a wealth of opportunities for all different types of athletes,” said Stauble, who feels that the track and cross country programs will both be strengthened by the addition of the new programs.
She also praised Reasso and cross country coach Jim Karcanes “for pushing for these programs.”
Husson doesn’t have a track, but Reasso said they will train at the school and that they are currently discussing with Bangor Superintendent of Schools Dr. Betsy Webb and Bangor High School athletic director Steve Vanidestine the possibility of training at Bangor’s Cameron Stadium.
“We are very fortunate to have a great relationship with the Bangor School Department,” said Reasso.
The two institutions have enjoyed a cooperative co-existence.
The state champion Bangor High School boys and girls swim teams practice and hold their home meets at the Husson University pool.
And when Bangor High’s grass field at Cameron Stadium was deemed unplayable this past fall due to inclement weather, Bangor played an Eastern Maine Class A playoff football semifinal against Mt. Blue of Farmington on the FieldTurf at the Winkin Complex field at Husson.
Reasso’s next order of business is hiring a full-time coach.
“We want to hire one as soon as possible because the high school track season is starting soon,” said Reasso, who wants to give the coach as much time as possible to recruit.
Reasso is part of a search committee that will be chaired by deputy athletic director and men’s soccer head coach Jeff Gettler. Assistant athletic directors Sean Murphy, who is also the head football coach and strength and conditioning coordinator, and Janine Gmitter, who is also the senior women’s administrator and head trainer, will be the other committee members.