USA Triathlon (USAT) has announced that the Milwaukee School of Engineering will offer women’s triathlon as a varsity sport starting in the autumn/fall of 2018, becoming the 17th school in the United States to offer the sport at the varsity level for women.
A national search for a head coach is underway.
“Welcoming MSOE into our family of varsity women’s triathlon programs is a great step forward for the sport at the collegiate level,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris. “As the first engineering school to join our portfolio, MSOE offers an invaluable opportunity for women to pursue an engineering degree at a prestigious university while competing in triathlon as varsity student-athletes.”
MSOE is the seventh Division III school to offer a varsity women’s triathlon program. The Raiders join fellow Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference member Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon in the offering, as well as nearby North Central College (Naperville, Illinois).
Other Division III programs include Centenary College of Louisiana, Marymount University (Arlington, Virginia), Transylvania University (Lexington, Kentucky) and Trine University (Angola, Indiana).
The addition of triathlon to MSOE’s varsity sport offerings was made possible through a US$70,000 grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation. The USA Triathlon Foundation Women’s Emerging Sport Grant is distributed to select NCAA membership institutions to develop, implement and sustain women’s triathlon programs at the NCAA varsity level.
“We are excited about adding women’s triathlon to our department,” said MSOE Director of Athletics Brian Miller. “Triathlon is a great fit for us, as the city has a strong triathlon presence and it aligns with our department goals of creating more opportunities for female student-athletes to compete at MSOE. It is also great to be able to be one of the first few schools to add the sport in our region, and we are appreciative of USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation for the grant that makes this possible.”
Milwaukee’s multisport community is seen to be thriving, as the city hosted the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Triathlon received overwhelming approval through a voting process in January 2014 at the NCAA Convention in San Diego by Division I, II and III colleges and universities to be included as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, and has a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability as an NCAA sport option.
For questions regarding varsity collegiate women’s triathlon events and programming, contact Jessica Welk at Jessica.welk[at]usatriathlon.org.