Want to get a kick out of college? Western Nevada Collegeâ€™s student association is planning to bring club soccer teams to the college in Fall 2016, to expand campus activities.
The program will be directed by the Associated Students of Western Nevada, with support from Student Life, and will be open to all students. Both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams are envisioned. WNC hopes to field soccer teams at several levels of play: Recreational, Competitive and Premier, if interest is strong enough.
â€œThe clubs will enable the college to expand student life activities, and better serve diverse and underserved populations in our communities,â€ said Lilly Leon-Vicks, WNC Coordinator of Student Life.
Ian Hill, who has successfully overseen a similar program at Lake Tahoe Community College, will be the head coach and will oversee the program.
â€œI am honored to help create this program at WNC,â€ Hill said. â€œAnyone with a desire to play can be part of a team. We are going to provide all students with the opportunity to play the game, while using the game to enhance their education and campus experience.”
â€œASWN is thrilled to partner with Coach Hill in providing an athletics program for many WNC students,â€ Leon-Vicks said. â€œStudent Life can serve as a vital tool for student persistence.â€
Hill said WNC would likely join a league such as the Western States Association, which would allow the college to compete with many colleges in the area. He said WNCâ€™s Premier and Competitive teams could compete in the West Coast Soccer Association, which is made up of university and college club teams such as UNR, Sacramento State, UC Davis, Stanford and Cal-Berkeley.
Club sports at WNC will function like any other student club, operating without direct institutional support.