"We're hiring for these new sports now," said Interim Director of Athletics Derrick Price. "I'm prioritizing coaches with proven abilities to recruit. We will target good student athletes with the goal of being competitive immediately."
It's expected that these sports will attract more than 250 new students to campus. They will join the nearly 150 student-athletes enrolled currently.
Full and partial scholarships will be available.
"Expanding our athletics program is integral to the goals we set shortly after coming to Bluefield State," Capehart said.
"Our first priority remains attracting more students. As an HBCU, we have an obligation to recruiting more African American students. We have done that.
"We changed the name of our Library to honor an African American alumnus who went on to a highly distinguished career in the State Department.
"We are returning to a residential campus for the first time in 52 years with the start of construction on our Heritage Village residence halls.
"Adding these sports will increase opportunities for more students and add a vibrancy that we've lacked for too long. It also strengthens our relationships in the community as we partner on the use of various facilities."
Interim Director Price added, "Making this commitment to these young people also means making a commitment to doing all the things that go with a full-bore athletics program: new and improved facilities, upgraded training, residences and meals. It also means working with the Provost and Deans so that our athletes have a tremendous academic experience as well.
"Bluefield State has a proud sports tradition, including two national football championships. I feel blessed to be here now and help write a new chapter to our story."