WILLIAMSBURG—The University of the Cumberlands athletic department is one that many envy around the nation. The success of Patriot athletics as a whole can be contributed to its outstanding student athletes, superior coaching staffs, and dedicated athletic department staff year in and year out. The Patriots currently compete in 21 sports (10 men’s and 10 women’s sports) as well as co-ed cheerleading. As of August of 2012, the Patriots will be offering its newest sport, archery.
The sport of archery will become the University of the Cumberlands’ 22nd sport offered as a co-ed program. The Patriots’ archery team will compete under the United States Collegiate Archery program. This program is also associated with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), the National Field Archery Association (NFAA), and the Archery Shooters Association (ASA). Organizations such as the ASA, the NASP, the NFAA, and USA archery all support USCA by offering collegiate divisions and/or awards at tournaments. USCA supports all organizations that support college archery. It is also known that the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) is looking to implement the NASP program into its high schools making archery a sport at that level. This in turn can bring in some top notch talent into the Patriots’ program.
The archery team will be led by Kris Strebeck. Strebeck is currently a member of the University as the Director of Intramural Athletics as well as an Adjunct Instructor in the Health, Exercise, and Sports Science Department. He is also the Kentucky NASP Region 10 Coordinator, so having a “head start” on seeing the talent and recruiting from the area helps the Patriots.
“This has been a process that I have been working with the University on since I became a Kentucky NASP Regional Coordinator and saw the benefits of archery in the school program,” Streback said. “This gives us an opportunity to help these youth out by giving them the chance to advance their education while still doing something they love. I’m glad to be the first coach of the Patriots’ archery team and I hope that I’ll be here in this position for a long time.”
The archery team will begin competition in the fall of 2012 as they will compete in the 3D National Tournament in October. From there, the team will compete in a minimum of four tournaments in the spring of 2013, two being indoor and two outdoor events. One of these outdoor events is the National Championship/World Team Trials competition. They will be competing in three different divisions: Compound 3D, Compound, and Recurve.
Coach Strebeck has already began his recruiting process for the fall of 2012 as new members of the Archery team are already beginning school at UC in the fall of 2011. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the UC Archery team should contact Coach Strebeck at email@example.com or by phone at (606) 539-4437.
For more information about the upcoming UC Archery team as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.