AUSTIN, Texas– The University of Texas at Austin is adding the rapidly growing Olympic sporting activity of Beach Volleyball as a ladies’s intercollegiate sport starting this spring.
” We are thrilled to have Beach ball sign up with the nation’s leading athletic program and also belong of our winning Longhorn custom,” claimed UT Head of state Jay Hartzell. “The combination of Indoor and Coastline Volley ball will certainly supply higher affordable chances for our student-athletes, raise our capacity to draw in top talent and also deliver a lot more engaging showing off events for our fans and also neighborhood.”
In its beginning of competitors as a varsity college spring sporting activity, Beach Volleyball was authorized as an NCAA Arising Sport for women in 2009. It played its first official season during the 2011-12 university year and held its inaugural National Championship in 2016. Under the direction of Jerritt Elliott and the existing Indoor Beach ball personnel, the Longhorns will certainly go after a limited springtime routine in 2023 prior to coming to be a completely sanctioned intercollegiate sporting activity for the 2024 period.
” We’ve been discussing this for some time as well as are enjoyed be including this hectic and also interesting sport to our athletics programs,” claimed UT Vice Head of state and also Sports Director Chris Del Conte. “Year in and also year out, we have among the premier Beach ball programs in the country, as well as including Coastline Beach ball will aid us to continue to strengthen that. The year-round competition in a sport that draws in several of the most effective student-athletes in the country will certainly be an important resource for Coach Elliott and our Volleyball program, while enhancing our sports program on the whole. We eagerly anticipate getting things started this springtime and gradually expanding in this sport in the years to find.”
The Longhorns are historically one of the country’s premier Indoor Volleyball programs, with three National Championship as well as 27 all-time conference titles. That custom has proceeded under Elliott, who is in his 22nd year leading the program. Over the past 16 periods, he has actually led the group to a nation’s- leading 16 straight NCAA Sweet 16s and also 15 NCAA Regional Finals, 10 Last Fours as well as five Championship game matches. The Horns won the NCAA title in 2012 and also have claimed 10 of the previous 11 Big 12 Champions.
” This is one more excellent possibility to construct as well as broaden our brand of Texas Volleyball,” Elliott claimed. “Having it along with our interior group will certainly be a terrific enhancement to our program in many methods. Springtime competition and Coastline Volleyball will certainly bring added exposure, boost recruiting and also the chance to bring in much more exclusive student-athletes in our sporting activity. It likewise will certainly supply added training possibilities along with some interesting beach ball occasions and also competitors in the years ahead. And also in addition to that, it’s a really enjoyable and amusing sporting activity that I understand our fans will actually enjoy appearing to see.”
Beach Beach ball will certainly join a group of 20 intercollegiate programs that has led Texas to back-to-back LEARFIELD Directors’ Mug titles as the country’s leading overall athletics program throughout the previous two seasons. Texas is coming off a year that included 4 National Championships and six NCAA runner-up finishes. Of its 20 university sports, 10 ended up in the NCAA top-two coatings, 12 among the leading five as well as 14 in the leading 10.