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St. Andrews adding women's wrestling, names Soto as head coach

It's not every day that a school can add two women's intercollegiate sports programs in one day -- and welcome aboard a head coach for one of those new women's programs.

Nick Soto
Yet that's what just happened at St. Andrews University in North Carolina, which announced Friday the addition of women's wrestling ... and along with hiring Nick Soto as the head coach for that new program. (St. Andrews also added beach volleyball to its roster of sports for female sports.)

Thanks to explosive growth at the high school level in recent years, college-age women are finding more and more opportunities to compete in the "oldest and greatest sport."

Soto is eager to guide women wrestlers to new competitive opportunities at St. Andrews.

"We are extremely excited about the start of our women's wrestling program," according to Soto. "It's great to see more and more women competing in the sport and we are grateful to be able to provide an opportunity where these student-athletes can earn a quality education and compete at a high level. Laurinburg is a great place with a tight-knit, friendly community and we're eager to get going!"

Athletic Director Elizabeth Burris weighed in with her support for these new competitive opportunities for female student-athletes, saying, "this is really good for our institution and something we've wanted to do for a long time." Burris added that these are the third and fourth sports that have been added to St. Andrews athletics in the last two years.

St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, is a private, Presbyterian, liberal arts college in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The University describes its mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life-transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the "how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method" to each new challenge.

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