SIOUX FALLS, SD – Continuing Augustana University’s strategic plan – Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030 – of providing opportunities for students and driving enrollment growth, Augustana Athletics is proud to announce the addition of the female lacrosse from the 2023-24 academic year.
Augustana will be home to the premier collegiate lacrosse program in South Dakota, regardless of division or affiliation. The Vikings will compete at the Division II level of the NCAA.
“We are delighted to add this dynamic, fast growing sport to Augustana”, Augustana athletic director Josh morton noted. “It’s a natural fit for our campus, our community and our region and, again, we are able to find ways to grow and differentiate ourselves.”
There has been strong growth in the sport in the NCAA, including nine new programs at the NCAA Division II level since January 2020. In total, there are currently 114 programs competing at the Division II level across Canada. 10 conferences. In the three divisions there are 524 women’s teams.
In terms of preparation, in 2008-09, there were nearly 65,000 girls in lacrosse. Over a 10-year period, it rose to 99,750 girls playing lacrosse, according to the National Federation of High School Associations.
The women’s lacrosse team will be the Vikings’ 22nd varsity sport and the third team announced since 2020. The Augustana men’s swim and diving team will launch into the pool this season with their first-ever competition scheduled for October 8 . The women’s acrobatics and tumbling program will hit the mat in the 2022-23 academic year. In addition, the diving has been added to the women’s swim team, which will be making its first dive this year.
Competition and training venues will be determined at a later date, while a head coach search will be underway soon.
About Augustana Athletics
Located in the heart of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the University of Augustana Track and Field hosts five NCAA Division II National Team Championships while participating primarily in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Having won four national championships since 2010, the Vikings have demonstrated excellence in athletics on a large scale finishing in the top 20 of the Division II Learfield Director’s Cup standings in eight of the past nine years. In the classroom, Augustana has consistently led the NSIC in All-Academic Laureates and has had 44 Academic All-America honors over the past 10 years.
Augustana Athletic Philosophy Statement
In support of Augustana University’s mission, Augustana Athletics aims to provide a student-athlete-centered experience committed to in-class distinction, competitive excellence, and loyal service to the community.