Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
July 29, 2016
Motlow State Community College will add a new sport to its athletic department for the first time in over 20 years with the debut of a women's soccer program in the fall of 2017, according to Scott Shasteen, Motlow director of athletics.
The last time Motlow added a new sport was in the mid-1990s when fast-pitch softball joined the existing baseball and men's and women's basketball programs. Baseball and men's basketball began when the college opened in 1969, and women's basketball played its first season in 1974-75. Motlow has also offered slow-pitch softball, golf and tennis in the past, although all three sports had short lifespans and are no longer offered by Motlow.
"Adding women's soccer is a natural evolution for an athletic department that is quickly becoming the statewide leader among community colleges in Tennessee," said Shasteen. "Motlow State, under the leadership of Dr. Tony Kinkel, is setting the pace for investing in athletics and creatively using athletic programs to encourage student attendance and retention."
Motlow will become the first community college in Tennessee to offer soccer, either men's or women's, although Shasteen expects others to give serious consideration to the sport once Motlow gets its program up and running.
"Women's soccer is exploding in popularity and we are thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for high school soccer players to continue playing on the community college level," added Shasteen. "The addition of soccer expands our student population and increases interest in Motlow athletics throughout our 11-county service area."
Details of the program's evolution from concept this fall to fielding a team next fall are still being determined. The College will announce its first women's soccer head coach in the coming weeks. The location for home games and potential opponents are yet to be determined.
"I'm confident we will hire a head coach who can handle building a program from the ground up," Shasteen continued. "From uniform design to schedule creation to recruiting student-athletes who will graduate from Motlow and help us build a winning soccer program; these are all challenges the new coach will face."
Like the other four sports at Motlow, the new soccer program will participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I level. The Lady Bucks soccer team will be the only representative from Region VII, and will likely be paired with a geographically-close region for playoff purposes.
The NJCAA women's soccer regular season is held during the fall, with practice beginning the first of August and the regular season stretching from late August to November. Teams are allowed a total of 22 games, including scrimmages. Teams are allowed to play four unofficial spring dates as well, beginning in early February and ending in late April.