GREAT FALLS, Mont., Dec. 20, 2012 – University of Great Falls President Eugene McAllister and Athletic Director Gary Ehnes announced that the University of Great Falls will begin playing men's lacrosse in the fall of 2013.
"Not only is lacrosse one of the fastest growing sports in America but it also exciting to watch with a lot of scoring, speed and physical play," Ehnes said.
The Argos are looking to begin with a team of about 20 players in the first year. The balance of the team will come from recruiting freshmen to the new program. In the second year the university looks to increase the roster size to 30 plus members as well as hiring an assistant coach. Third year plans look to boost the roster to 40 members and become permanent members of the MCLA.
"Three schools affiliated with the Frontier Conference are playing lacrosse, Ehnes added. "We will be joining Westminster, Southern Oregon and College of Idaho in this exciting game."
The Argos have been active in recruiting a head coach by conducting phone interviews and campus visits. The respondents to the position were from all around the country to from Southern California to upstate New York, Florida to the Pacific Northwest.
The Argos will seek to join the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) and play in either the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League or the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference. Each conference is divided into two divisions.
The Argos will begin play in the fall of 2013 with the majority of the games being played in the spring.
McAllister noted "the University of Great Falls will be playing schools across the western states, including larger public universities and private liberal arts universities, like us."
"We are excited to be able to introduce the sport of lacrosse to the community of Great Falls. Our coaching staff will be offering informational seminars along with clinics to the Great Falls community," Ehnes concluded.