Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne has announced plans to add women’s wrestling to its athletics department. Athletics Director Debbie Warren says the school hopes to hire a coach this spring and begin competition in the 2020-2021 academic year.
The team will compete in the NAIA, which is the only intercollegiate athletics association to sponsor women’s wrestling. Indiana Tech says 24 institutions sponsored women’s wrestling programs at the start of the current season and several more have added the sport over the past six months.
"We are excited to offer this emerging sport for women and look forward to building a winning program," Warren said in a news release. "The opportunity to compete for an NAIA national championship is something we think will make us competitive right away."
Indiana Tech will be the first college in the state to offer women’s wrestling, which will be the 26th varsity program for the school. A national search for a head coach will begin immediately.