St. Francis Brooklyn adds two Division I programs
by Bryan Fonseca
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There are now more opportunities for local athletes to play at the college level.

St. Francis Brooklyn College recently announced that they’re adding women’s soccer and men’s volleyball in the 2019-2020 season, and will immediately begin recruiting in order to build teams for the inaugural campaign.

The Terriers introduced Andy Mueller as their first head coach for men’s volleyball, which will begin play in January of 2020. Mueller had been an assistant on the women’s volleyball squad for the past two seasons.

St. Francis becomes only the 23rd Division I program to carry men’s volleyball, the first in New York City, and the first institution to add the sport in the last 18 years.

"We are super excited about the new adventure and we got the right guy,” said St. Francis athletic director Irma Garcia at an introductory press conference held at the College. “It was a no-brainer to start men's volleyball. We have the court and the right person to lead,"

Prior to St. Francis, Mueller was the head coach of Brooklyn College’s women’s volleyball squad in 2015, and had assistant coaching tenures at Fordham and Columbia University before that. He’s also served as an assistant and associate head coach with USA Volleyball since 2015.

The MotorMVB Foundation – a non-profit organization with a mission to stimulate the national growth of men's volleyball – is providing a $100,000 grant to help establish the program, which will be dispersed over a four-year period.

Last week, the Terriers also announced themselves as the 10th Northeast Conference member to implement women’s soccer, and the second in Brooklyn, joining LIU. Women’s soccer marks the 21st Division I program for the Terriers, and the ladies will kick off in the fall of 2019.

"This is a great thing for our program," said Terriers’ men’s soccer coach Tom Giovatto, who has led the team to a dynastic four NEC titles over the last five seasons. "Our men's team has had great success throughout its 50 years and I have no doubt our new women's program will follow suit."

A national search for the first women’s soccer head coach in Terrier history is currently underway.
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