Augustana University to Offer Men’s and Women’s Club Hockey

By Jill Wilson | October 17, 2023
AU Club Hockey

Augustana is excited to announce that the university will offer men’s and women’s club hockey beginning in Fall 2024. The announcement comes after the construction of Midco Arena, which provides the unique opportunity for club hockey games to be played on Augustana’s campus.

Midco Arena

“Our campus recreation program has served the AU campus community with excellence for years, and the addition of these exciting club sport teams will enable us to further strengthen the ways we serve the AU community, as well as attract new students to Augustana. The opportunity to practice and host games in Midco Arena, as well as the commitment toward outstanding coaching for these club sports will provide a unique opportunity for Augustana students,” said Director of Recreational Services Mark Hecht ‘84.

The Augustana Club Hockey Program will consist of a head coach — expected to be in place by the end of Fall Semester 2023 — and part-time assistant coach, with 25 players on each team. The program will apply to play at the Division II level, and later apply for membership into a conference.

The club hockey season will begin in early October and run through mid March. The first season will consist of approximately 12-15 games, and should the program become part of a conference, competitive seasons would include approximately 28-33 games.

“Intramural sports at Augustana have always been a key feature of our student life experience, but for students looking to continue their athletic career in a more competitive environment, these new club sports will give them another option. With a relatively small number of NCAA hockey programs nationwide, competitive collegiate club hockey creates more opportunities for the growing hockey community in our region, as well as introduces Augustana to students from further away who want to continue to be a part of the game while pursuing their degree,” said Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Adam Heinitz ‘99.

While students recently formed the Augustana Figure Skating Club on campus, the university will make the club sport even more competitive, including the addition of a coach. The team would also meet and use Midco Arena for practice with the potential of hosting competitions.

Students interested in Augustana Women’s Club Hockey should visit gooddaytermite.com/WClubHockey. Students interested in Augustana Men’s Club Hockey should visit gooddaytermite.com/MClubHockey. For information on other Augustana Club Sports opportunities at Augustana, visit gooddaytermite.com/ClubSports.

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