HENNIKER, N.H. - New England College Athletic Director, Dave DeCew, is pleased to announce the addition of women's wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2022-23 season.
"We see this as a great opportunity to grow our department by offering Women's Wrestling as our next varsity sport," stated DeCew. "Coach Powell is prepared to take on this next challenge and bring us forward. We know the young women in our program will receive great mentorship and coaching, but also will add to our community as a whole."
Women's wrestling is currently an emerging sport in the NCAA, as there are 22 current Division III programs, and New England College will be the first in New England to sponsor it as a varsity sport. Current Wrestling Head Coach Robert Watson-Powell will lead the recruitment efforts during the 2021-22 academic year, while there is a national search for a Women's Head Coach that will begin in the Spring of 2022.
With the addition of women's wrestling, NEC will boast 20 varsity sports in competition in 2022-23.
"I believe this is a great step forward, not only for New England College but for the Northeast region as a whole," said Watson-Powell. "With the fast-growing popularity of women's wrestling across the Northeast at the High School level, it is only right that we provide these young women, with an opportunity to compete at the next level. With being the second NCAA program in New England and the first at the Division III level, I believe this is the start of something that will forever change the New England wrestling landscape. I am extremely excited about what the future has in store for New England College Wrestling"