CHICAGO, Ill. – Illinois Tech Athletics is excited to announce the addition of a new varsity athletic program. Men’s lacrosse will join the Scarlet Hawk athletic lineup beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
"Men's lacrosse will be a great addition to our athletic department profile at Illinois Tech,” said Joe Hakes, Director of Athletics. “The combination of a world class STEM school and a growing, exiting sport will be a draw for the student-athlete who is looking for the best of both worlds.”
Illinois Tech expects to hire a Head Coach for the new program prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. The Scarlet Hawks will join a large group of NCAA Division III institution with men’s lacrosse sponsorships. As of this spring, 237 men’s lacrosse programs competed at the Division III level.
“Our Stuart Field facility is a great place to play, and we look for the men's lacrosse program to grow quickly in both size and talent,” Hakes said. “We are beginning a national search to identify the right person to start this program and to recruit top quality students and top quality athletes into it."
Men's lacrosse will be the 19th varsity sport at Illinois Tech, a provisional member of the NCAA Division III. Full membership in the division is expected by the fall of 2018, coinciding with the start of the men's lacrosse program. Men’s lacrosse will join baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s volleyball, and women’s volleyball in the Scarlet Hawk athletic family.
For additional requests or information regarding the men’s lacrosse program, please contact Joe Hakes, Director of Athletics, at email@example.com.