While sand volleyball and water polo are the two most likely options, LaRose said the UA could be intrigued by lacrosse or even triathlon, given the school’s reputation for swimming and Tucson’s title as a cycling and running hotbed.
Eventually, the Arizona Wildcats want to add a women’s sport to keep their male-to-female ratio similar to that of their on-campus population.
When that date is, no one’s quite sure.
“Definitely not in the next year,” UA senior associate athletic director Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose said.
UA president Robert Shelton said last week the UA needs to eventually add another sport to make progress in Title IX, which ensures gender equity at public institutions.
The Wildcats examine Title IX issues every spring and do a more in-depth report once every five years, LaRose said.
This spring, the Wildcats will conduct their twice-a-decade examination.
The Wildcats are Title IX compliant and boast one of the nation’s most dominant women’s sports programs but would add a sport to make the athlete and student body gender ratios more similar.
The UA’s student population is about 52percent female, LaRose said, while sports feature about 48percent women.
“There’s nothing imminent right now,” she said. “We definitely want to add a sport.”