Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dillard adding sports

Part of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, Dillard University in Louisiana is adding three sports in the coming academic year. No word on why, but the athletic director announced earlier this month that softball and men's and women's track and field and cross country will become part of the school's intercollegiate sport offerings. The additions will actually more than double what they have now. The only men's sport is basketball, which the women also play. There is also women's volleyball. Interestingly, the gender breakdown at Dillard is quite skewed toward women. They comprise 70 percent of the undergraduate population and currently receive 55 percent of the athletic opportunities.
The New Orleans university competes against other southern schools including Loyola and Xavier.