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Daniel Webster College to add wrestling program for 2014-15 season

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Daniel Webster College will add men’s wrestling -- along with a women’s hockey program, and upgrade the men’s hockey program to varsity status – for NCAA Division III competition effective in the 2014-15 academic year, the New Hampshire-based school announced Wednesday.

The wrestling program will begin as an independent while seeking conference affiliation for the following season, according to the announcement. A search for a head coach is already underway.

With these three new programs, DWC will now offer 17 sports. It is the largest expansion of athletics programs since the college added field hockey, women’s lacrosse, men’s golf and men’s volleyball in 2008-09.

“This is an exciting moment in the history of Daniel Webster College,” said Dr. Michael Diffily, president of DWC. “The addition of these three varsity programs exemplifies the college’s continued commitment to athletics and provides additional opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the NCAA level.”

“This is a major milestone for Eagles athletics,” said DWC Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore. “We look forward to welcoming additional students to our college community in the coming years.”

In keeping with the NCAA Division III philosophy, Gilmore added, “We also expect our programs to strike the right balance between being competitive in conference championships and academically competitive in the classroom.”

Founded in 1965, Daniel Webster College is a private, co-educational college located in Nashua, New Hampshire. It has an enrollment of 600 students. The team mascot is the Eagles.

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