REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University Director of Athletics Tom Galbraith announced this week the addition of men’s and women’s varsity swimming and diving as the 15th and 16th varsity sports for the Red Hawks. Galbraith also announced the return of men’s volleyball as a varsity sport, making it the 17th offering for the Red Hawks.
Simpson will begin competition in the NAIA for swimming and diving and men’s volleyball in the 2019-20 academic year. The Red Hawks previously competed in men’s volleyball from 1994-2001.
The school will begin an immediate search for a head coach to lead the new programs.
The additions of swimming and diving, men’s volleyball, and previously announced track and field are part of new strategic initiatives initiated by President Norm Hall to grow the institution’s enrollment and apply emphasis on net-revenue-generating programs, both co-curricular and curricular.
Currently, 28 NAIA institutions compete in men’s swimming and diving, 35 compete in women’s swimming and diving, and 43 compete in men’s volleyball.
For information about all Simpson athletics, visit simpsonredhawks.com.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.