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Skipjacks announce plans to return to volleyball
Chesapeake College also drops women’s soccer after program review

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College announced Wednesday it will return to volleyball as its fall women’s sport while dropping women’s soccer from its intercollegiate offerings.

"We believe we have good prospects for developing a competitive volleyball program based upon the high level of play in North Bayside Conference volleyball," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "Women’s soccer has been a struggle for us, based in part on the number of players needed to build a competitive program. We felt it was time to make a change."

The Skipjacks switched from women’s volleyball to women’s soccer in 1998, based in large part on the availability of a proven coach.

"Mike Miles, who had produced solid men’s soccer teams for us, wanted to switch over and try to build a women’s soccer program," said Szymanski. "Mike’s recruiting skills and coaching ability helped us begin to build a competitive women’s soccer program, but after Mike had to leave due to work obligations we were never able to find a coach who could build on Mike’s foundation."

Szymanski said the search for a women’s volleyball coach will begin immediately, and the team will begin play in Fall 2007. He said the college hopes to use the same blueprint for success that it recently used in building a women’s softball title contender.

"We found a committed coach (Melissa Thompson) who built a program from scratch and had her team contending for a region championship within two years," said Szymanski, noting the 2006 softball team went 20-10 and finished third in the Region XX tournament. "If we can find a volleyball coach with a similar commitment, I think we can be very successful in volleyball."

Szymanski encourages interested coaching applicants to contact him by phone (410-827-5828) or email (fszymanski@chesapeake.edu).

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