Women’s lacrosse is the most likely sport to be added to the Colorado athletic department later this spring based on startup costs, annual costs of funding the program, a growing local recruiting base and the ability to compete regionally and with other Pac-12 Conference opponents.
Athletic director Mike Bohn told the Camera over the weekend the school plans to announce the addition of a women’s sport this spring, but he would not say which sport it will be.
Bohn acknowledged Monday that girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at the high school level in Colorado and much of the rest of the nation and that it would make sense for many reasons for CU to add women’s lacrosse.
“Anytime we have the opportunity to bolster our commitment to women’s sports opportunities, it helps our reputation across the country,” Bohn said. “With lacrosse’s popularity growing nationally and in Colorado, it’s an extremely viable option for us to consider.”
Starting a women’s lacrosse program would involve minimal costs because the program could practice on the football practice fields or the practice bubble which already are in place. There would be no need for new facilities investment, as would be the case for softball, because home games could be played in Folsom Field.
The primary startup costs would be hiring a coaching staff, purchasing uniforms and equipment and funding recruiting and scholarships for recruits. Women’s lacrosse teams typically feature approximately 25 players, though not all of those players receive scholarship money.