After finishing 9-18 amid fierce NCAA Division II competition, men’s basketball looks toward the upcoming season with confidence and determination to improve. Last season, the challenges of increased competition, injuries, and ineligibility issues burdened the men’s basketball squad, but the team is more than ready to face another tough road in the Heartland Conference.
Joining the women’s basketball team this season as assistant coaches are LaToya Rose, former head junior varsity coach and assistant senior high coach at North Forest High School in Houston, Texas, and Ann Seufer, a former guard for the NCAA Division III Quakers of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The University added Cross Country to their list of sports last year, and the team matured quickly in what is best described as a learning year. In their second season, the UA Fort Smith Cross Country teams are off to a running start under the direction of Head Coach Jason Merritt.
The Men’s and Women’s golf teams each earned top five finishes at the Heartland Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City last May. At the tournament the Lions shot 16-over par 880 and the Lady Lions finished 63-over par 639 landing each in fifth place out of nine teams.
The Lady Lions volleyball team returns this season to polish their serving, setting and spiking skills, and with high expectations for another successful Division II year. The Lions began two-a-day practices August 16th with everybody back “in very good shape” according to Head Coach Jane Sargent.