Three new sports debuted at Umpqua Community College
ROSEBURG, Ore. - Three new sports are coming to Umpqua Community College, with the school adding men's baseball, and a men's and women's track and field team.
"This should bring up the level of athletics for all of the programs that are here," said Jared Anderson, a student a UCC. "Bring more students in, more out of state students, more money. I don't see nothing bad coming from it."
UCC is hoping the move will help attract more student athletes to the Umpqua Valley.
"The way it's set up, we have a chance to be really successful in all facets of college life," said Craig Jackson, the Athletic Director at UCC. "Athletics just happens to be something they do while they're here."
This isn't the first time the athletic department has added more sports. The decision comes a year after adding wrestling, obstacle course racing and men's and women's cross country.
UCC says they've had some growing pains after adding new sports last year, but hope that men's and women's track, along with baseball, can be a home run for the entire school.
"We've had a lot of kids who wouldn't have been here if we wouldn't have offered those programs," said Jackson. "A lot of local kids that are here and it's been a great year."
"I'm a sports guy in general, I think they should add as many sports as they can," said Anderson. "I think it's a crime that community colleges in the state don't have football program."
The college says they are focusing on the sports they have, but won't rule out new additions in the near future.