BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A new sport will soon be available at Lyon College in Batesville.
President Dr. W. Joseph King announced the addition of men’s lacrosse when he introduced the team’s head coach, Monty Curtis, at a press conference on Dec. 6.
King said the college will apply for membership in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
Lyon will petition to join the MCLA’s Lone Star Alliance, which contains teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Curtis has more than two decades of experience coaching in the sport and has helped move a college team to the national affiliation before.
Curtis was a player, coach, and faculty adviser for the program in Georgetown, Texas.
He coached the team to its first win, as well as its first Southwest Lacrosse Association Championship.
Curtis also served as league president during his tenure with the Southwest Lacrosse Association. Curtis left Southwestern with a 70-56 record.
“I am humbled to have this opportunity to introduce lacrosse to the Lyon community,” said Curtis. “What we build has the chance to last and positively impact real lives and the reputation of the sport and the College.”
Competition will begin in 2021, with the potential for NAIA affiliation in the future.