The CBC Cougars already sport men’s soccer and basketball, and women’s volleyball and softball. The women’s basketball program will compete within the Division I ranks of Region XIV of the National Junior College Athletic Association while the baseball squad will become a Division III team to start.
Scholarships can be a part of the Div. I competing teams, but no scholarships are available at the Div. III competition level.
The sports are to be up and competing this coming school year at the local college. The baseball team will play and practice at Joe Hunter Field and share the facility with the A.C. Jones Trojan baseball program.
The women’s basketball program is expected to bring 15-20 athletes to the campus while the baseball team will sport 24-30 players.
According to Athletic Coordinator Estevan Vasquez, both programs should be able to work within a limited budget provided by the tuition and fees generated by the influx of new students playing the respective sports.
Tryouts, recruiting, scheduling, hiring of coaches and assistant coaches, equipment procurement and a myriad of other details will need to be worked out prior to classes beginning Aug. 29, according to Vasquez.
The Athletic Department believes the addition of these two sports will enhance and benefit the overall campus life at Coastal Bend College.
The presentation provided the CBC board pointed out that sports will help enrich the community college experience by offering the “typical four-year college experience” of cheering at sporting events. Sports help build tradition and encourage school pride. They allow high school athletes an opportunity to continue their athletic careers while pursuing a higher education. It builds leadership and teamwork skills among the athletes. It promotes community participation and pride and will benefit enrollment.
The staff within the CBC’s athletic department, specifically Vasquez, has been in contact with a few local coaches who might consider the head coaching positions and is looking forward to making the announcement of those hirings within a short time frame.