Helped by transfers from shuttered St. Catharine
VERSAILLES, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) — Midway University has 258 student athletes on campus this year, up from 96 during the 2015-16 school year, a 169 percent increase. Midway has also been able to add six sports teams, giving the school 14 teams, up from eight last year.
A big part of the increase has been Midway’s move to co-educational and transfers from St. Catharine College, which closed its doors at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Midway this year added men’s baseball, basketball and soccer, hiring coaches from St. Catharine College. Golf was also added for men and cross country and tennis for women.
“This marks a significant milestone for the university,” said Midway Presient Dr. John P. Marsden. “When our board voted in May to transition our traditional undergraduate programs to coeducation, we knew that adding male athletic teams would be one way we would grow. However, we had no idea at that time that we would absorb men’s athletic teams from St. Catharine’s College.”
William “Rusty” Kennedy, Midway Athletics Director, said: “I can’t say if anything like this has ever happened to another school, but for Midway it is historic and record-breaking. We are years ahead of where we thought we would be just a few weeks ago when we were developing our strategic plan based on the decision to go co-ed – that plan soon got lost on my desk as we worked to figure out new schedules for all of our teams.”