The rapid sports expansion marks four new athletics programs in the 2017–18 academic year, bringing the Fighting Knights to nine men's and 10 women's NCAA-sponsored varsity sports.
In May, the Fighting Knights announced the addition of women’s lacrosse, which will compete as an NCAA Division II program and member of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) beginning in the 2019-20 season.
"In recent years, lacrosse has gained considerable traction on a national scale, making it an appropriate fit for Lynn’s ever-growing athletics roster,” said Devin Crosby, who has overseen the expansion of five sports since becoming director of athletics in 2015. "Our men's team has been a success, and I look forward to watching our women’s program excel.”
"In recent years, lacrosse has gained considerable traction on a national scale, making it an appropriate fit for Lynn’s ever-growing athletics roster."
Devin Crosby, director of athletics
To support this effort, longtime donor Mary Perper contributed a second locker room for Bobby Campbell Stadium, where the team will train and compete. After a national search, Lynn appointed Mindy Richmond as head coach for the upcoming season. She comes to Lynn from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Athletics also expanded its swim program to include a men’s team. Head Coach Niki Alvarez, who grew the women's swimming program into a nationally recognized athletic and academic success, will oversee the men's swimming team and hire a full-time assistant.
"This is an exciting time for athletics, the Sunshine State Conference and our women's swimming team," said Alvarez, who now will build her third program since joining the Fighting Knights in 2012. "The addition of men’s swimming will enhance our current offerings and elevate our already strong women's swim team."
The men’s team will begin competing as an NCAA Division II program and member of the SSC during the 2019-20 season.
Men’s cross country and track
This fall, the Fighting Knights will see recruitment efforts pay off as men’s cross country and track launches its debut season. Chris Wood, head women's cross country and track coach, will lead the new programs with Roger Cooke, assistant coach.
“We enthusiastically welcome the men’s cross country and track programs to the Fighting Knights family,” said Wood, who now will develop his second and third athletics programs since joining Lynn in 2016. “Our coaching staff’s abilities to instill a quality training philosophy and recruit superior athletes quickly advanced the women's cross country and track teams and similarly will contribute to the success of our men’s programs.”
The men’s teams will participate in NCAA competition during the 2018–19 season.
Additional programs added over the past five years include women's track, men's lacrosse, women's swimming and women's cross country. Men's lacrosse reached the SSC Championship in its second season, women's swimming won three individual national championships and cross country competed in the NCAA regionals three of the last five years.