Jun 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College is looking to add to its lineup of team sports.
Steve Barlow, assistant dean of students/athletic director at CWC, announced Friday that the college will be conducting a feasibility study on the idea in the coming months.
"To stay in tune with the mission of the college, and to enhance learning, we are looking at new programs that will benefit CWC students and the community," Barlow said. "I would love to see some new athletic programs here in the fall of 2014."
Barlow recently was named the athletic director of CWC.
The college fields teams men's and women' rodeo, men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball
Members of the CWC rodeo team spent last week taking part at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper. CWC rodeo is a national power, with the Rustler women taking second in the nation last year at the CNFR.
Pat Rafferty was named the new CWC men's basketball coach in May, taking over for Shelby Lindley.
"We have restructured the athletic department so that it will benefit every employee involved as well as the department itself," Barlow said. "It will open up new ways to do things."
CWC women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg will do the feasibility study.
"I would like it to complete it by October at the latest on what sports that we can bring to CWC," Barlow said. "We need to fill our beds and housing. We need to fill our classrooms."
Stauffenberg will work under Barlow on the study.
"I want him to work with other colleges and other communities," Barlow said. "I want him to work with our local high schools. He is going to work with anybody. We want to continue to keep the atmosphere of a fun and learning environment."
By the end of October, Barlow would like to have a good idea of what sports would benefit CWC.
"I would like to move something like that up to the administration to look at it and get things going," Barlow said.
CWC has had club soccer in the past on the Riverton campus.
Laramie County Community College, Otero Junior College, Northwest College, Western Wyoming Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Western Nebraska Community College and Northeastern Junior College all have men's soccer in Region IX, which is CWC's conference in volleyball and basketball.
The women's soccer teams in Region IX are LCCC, Otero Junior College, Northwest College, Western Wyoming Community College, Trinidad State Junior College and Western Nebraska Community College.
"We are going to look at everything," Barlow said. "I'm excited about the opportunities that are out there. We care about our students a great deal. I think that athletics are a big part of the college atmosphere."
Golf has been mentioned as a possibility in the past. Several Region IX schools have golf teams.
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