Virginia Tech will add women’s golf to its list of intercollegiate athletics beginning in the fall of 2015. A national search for a head coach begins immediately, with the goal to have a coach in place by July 1, 2013 to begin recruiting student-athletes and building the program.
Women’s golf will be the 22nd intercollegiate sports team at Virginia Tech, and the first addition since softball for the 1995-96 season. That was before the Hokies joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. Virginia Tech will be the 11th ACC school to field a women’s golf team.
“We have been working toward this day since joining the ACC, but wanted to make sure that everything was in place for this program to succeed before starting this process publicly,” Director of Athletics Jim Weaver said. “Our men’s golf program has proven that golf at Virginia Tech can be highly successful.”
Virginia Tech men’s team is ranked No. 35 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, and will compete later this week in the NCAA regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
Recruited student-athletes will start practice in the fall of 2014 and will redshirt in the 2014-15 academic year. The Hokies will commence team play in the fall of 2015 and become eligible for the ACC Championship that spring. The women’s golf program will share the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Golf Team Complex with the men’s team.
–Information from Virginia Tech Athletics used in this report