The Adrian College athletic department continues its growth with the addition of men's bowling for competition to begin in the 2014-15 school year. The Bulldogs already boast 32 sponsored sports at the College and have seen tremendous excitement abound in recent years.
"We are excited to be adding men's bowling here at Adrian College," said athletic director Michael Duffy. "I see this program as a natural fit with numerous high school teams that are successful locally and in the state of Michigan. The sport has seen expanded growth in recent years and with our already established women's bowling program, we see extended success on the men's side in the future."
The men's bowling program will be coached by current women's head bowling coach Jody Fetterhoff. She has quickly made the women's program into a household name and is in her fourth season with the Bulldogs. Fetterhoff has guided the women's team to a third and fourth place finish in the AHIBC over the past three seasons and also had one individual compete at the U.S. Intercollegiate National Singles during her tenure.
The men's bowling team will be different from the women's team in that it will be a non-sponsored NCAA sport at the club level. That being said, the amount of very successful and competitive teams in the region will make for great rivalries within the sport.
"I'm thrilled that we will be adding men's bowling starting next fall," said Fetterhoff. "There are so many talented bowlers in Michigan and the surrounding states, so it's great that Adrian College is giving them the opportunity to continue bowling after high school. Our women's team has improved every year, so I'm hoping that we can field a competitive men's team just as quickly. This addition will be great for both teams as they will push each other in practices. It's also great timing to add a men's club program because the Boom Apparel Intercollegiate Bowling Club Championships will debut this April as an opportunity for post season play for those schools not affiliated with either the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA. The top 24 teams will be invited to compete and I think that's something we will be working towards within the first couple years. I'm very excited to begin building our men's program and am thankful to our administration to be given this great opportunity."