NEW LONDON, CT – Men’s and Women’s Water Polo will become varsity sports at Connecticut College in the 2000-01 academic year thanks to a $60,000 grant from the United States Olympic Committee.
The grant is made through the United States Water Polo Association which serves as the sports national governing body. Its a two-year deal that helps the program by covering start-up costs and operational expenses. Both the Connecticut College men’s and women’s water polo teams will participate as club sports this year.
The grant allows us to offer two more varsity sports and enhance our athletics program, said Connecticut College Director of Athletics Ken McBryde. With our reputation as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country this gives us another opportunity to recruit outstanding student-athletes.
Ken Ralph, who is in his second season as the head men’s and women’s swim coach and the aquatics director, will serve as the head coach of the men’s and women’s teams. Ralph brings 10 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Camels. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska-Anchorage, with a degree in political science. Ralph was a five-time NCAA Division II All-American in swimming, and went on to become a USS Senior National Qualifier in 1989 and 1990.
Connecticut College will compete in the College Water Polo Association in the Northern Varsity Division. The schedule will include games against Eastern powers UMass, Brown, Queens, and St. Francis.