Women’s hockey opens Alvernia to new domestic and international markets
by Kris Nolt
Of the 24 NCAA Division III athletic programs Alvernia University will field in 2019-20, only one will play on ice.
Initially announced in March 2018, the Golden Wolves Women’s Ice Hockey Program enters its first year of competition following an 18-month process of identifying practice and game facilities, hiring a coaching staff and, most importantly, recruiting the inaugural crop of student-athletes.
The last part of that process, recruiting, brought about a welcome opportunity for the university that no other current sport could offer, a chance to expand Alvernia’s reach far beyond Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the commonly referenced DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) markets.
“Women’s ice hockey allows Alvernia to attract studentathletes from outside our typical recruiting markets, including internationally,” said Alvernia University Athletic Director Bill Stiles. “The prospect for talented young women to continue their ice hockey and academic careers beyond high school and clubs is limited, and we are delighted to provide that opportunity.”
“The addition of women’s ice hockey as Alvernia’s 27th sport is a continuation of consistent and strategic growth to provide additional opportunities to talented student-athletes in our region and beyond,” said Stiles.