SANFORD, Florida - #buildingRaiders is the social media handle for Seminole State Athletics and it has multiple uses and meanings; building the individual's body and mind in preparation for competition and life; (re)building the Wellness/Athletics Center; and certainly building an Athletics Department that will be a source of pride for Seminole State College and the community. Adding Women's and Men's Cross Country is one more component in building Raider Athletics. Earlier this week, Dr. E. Ann McGee and her Executive Team approved the addition.
Dr. Jan Lloyd, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, stated, "It's been a number of years since Seminole State has expanded athletics. Thanks to the leadership of our (new) Athletics Director, Kurt Esser, we are excited to be adding men's and women's cross country. There are many talented area high school students who can now compete locally on the collegiate level."
This is great news for the central Florida running community, for the Seminole Striders and Rollers Club on campus and for the area high school cross country programs. The new coach will not only lead 20 new Raider Student-Athletes but also have oversight of the new Striders and Rollers wellness club and be charged with organizing running events for the community.
In 2017, Esser met with Seminole County High School Athletic Directors to gain their perspective on the potential addition of sports at Seminole State. Cross Country was at the top of the list. "We believe this is an excellent sport to add, we can increase the number of great student-athletes and maintain our fiscal responsibility," said Esser. "It is exciting to have such great support from our college leadership, including Jan, Dr. Dick Hamann (Vice President for IT and Interim VP of Student Affairs), and President McGee."
There is a long "to do" list for adding an athletic program. Hiring a coach, recruiting student-athletes, securing gear and creating a schedule are just a few. Esser will begin the search for a coach and hopes to have someone on board by the end of the spring semester.
- Admission for regular season games is $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth (12&Under). Season Tickets are $30. All can be purchased at the gate.
- The 2017 Softball team finished 53-11 and Champions of the Mid-Florida Conference
- Coach Courtney Miller will begin the Spring campaign 33 wins short of 1,000
- Seminole State will serve as host of the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Tournament, May 3-6, 2018
- The 2017 Baseball team finished 25-25, its best record since 2013
- The 2017 Women's Golf team finished 2nd at the NJCAA Championships in Duluth, GA
- Seminole State Golf has finished in the top 3 in the Nation for the last 6 years
- There are both advertising and rental opportunities at the Seminole State Raider facilities, for more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Seminole State Raiders:
The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State now sponsors five sports all competing in the NJCAA Division I. Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
For more about Raider Athletics, visit SeminoleStateRaiders.com, follow us on Twitter: @buildingRaiders and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/buildingRaiders/.
Media contact: Kurt Esser, Director of Athletics, 407.708.2092, email@example.com