Hiram Athletics announced the addition of three new varsity sports earlier this week, as women’s lacrosse, women’s bowling and men’s ice hockey are all set to begin competition in 2025-26. Brooke Davidson has been selected as the head coach of the women’s bowling team, while Jeffrey Curto, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management, will head the first men’s ice hockey team in Hiram history. The Terriers have begun their search for a head women’s lacrosse coach as well.

“This is a historic period for Hiram Athletics and its new total of 26 varsity sports,” Director of Athletics Scott Pohlman said. “Our academic and athletic administration have been working hard to make Hiram the ideal destination for the Division III student-athlete.”

It continues Hiram’s momentum toward building an athletics program that provides valuable opportunities and unique collegiate experiences in the state of Ohio.

“I am very pleased that we are adding these three sports to Hiram’s lineup as they represent important additional opportunities for our student-athletes,” said Hiram President Robert Bohrer II, Ph.D.

The announcement marks the official return of women’s lacrosse to Hiram College, where it spent the 2013-2020 seasons as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). The program combined for seven all-conference selections and scored over 200 goals throughout its previous tenure.

Hiram women’s lacrosse will resume competition as part of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC); Hiram College is officially a full-time PAC member with all voting and membership rights effective on July 1, 2024, with PAC competition beginning in 2025-26 (for all sports besides men’s volleyball and men’s wrestling, which begin PAC competition in 2024-25).

“We felt it was a perfect time to bring women’s lacrosse back to Hiram College,” Pohlman said. “The emergence of the sport and our return to the PAC made it an exciting decision to move forward with the program.”

Terriers ice hockey will also begin in 2025-26 for its inaugural season under Dr. Curto. Men’s ice hockey has been a Division III sport since 1984 and had 85 teams for the 2023-24 season. As things currently stand, Hiram is the only Division III men’s ice hockey team in the state of Ohio.

“I’m honored that Hiram College and Scott Pohlman selected me as the first head coach for the new men’s hockey program at Hiram College,” Dr. Curto said. “Becoming the only NCAA Division III hockey program in the state of Ohio gives players from Ohio a chance to play at a high level, stay in the state and gain a tremendous education.”

Prior to coaching at Hiram, Dr. Curto was the associate head coach of the Eastern Kentucky University Division III ACHA hockey team in Richmond, Kentucky in 2016. While at EKU, the Colonels won their first ever Bourbon Barrel Trophy, which was played annually against the University of Kentucky. The Colonels also played in the Indiana Collegiate Hockey Conference Championship game against Indiana University.

Hiram men’s ice hockey will host games at “The Pond – Ice Rink & Sports Complex” in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Dr. Curto will begin serving as head coach in 2024-25 before the team officially takes the ice the following academic year.

The Terriers women’s bowling team will follow the same timeline, with Brooke Davidson taking the reins as the program’s first head coach. Davidson previously served in a coaching role as both the vice president and president of the Youngstown State Bowling Club.

“I am so excited that I get to bring women’s bowling to Hiram College,” Davidson said. “Though it was at the club sport level, I know that being a student-athlete taught me a lot about leadership, teamwork and balance. I hope that my athletes will be able to take away those same lessons so that they can be successful on the lanes, in the classroom and in their future careers.”

Davidson grew up in Canfield, Ohio and has been bowling since the age of 10. She earned her degree in English Education from Youngstown State in 2022. The Hiram bowling team has yet to finalize a conference for competition in 2025-26.

Hiram Athletics will have the same 23 varsity teams compete in 2023-24, with full-time competition continuing in the NCAC. STUNT (Great Midwest Athletic Conference), women’s wrestling (Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) and men’s volleyball/men’s wrestling (PAC) will continue competing in separate conferences for this upcoming academic year.

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