Wilson to add baseball in spring 2019

Wilson athletic director Lori Frey has announced that Wilson will add baseball to its intercollegiate athletics program.
 
"We are thrilled to be able to continue the growth of our athletics programming," said Frey. "Baseball is very popular in this area and I think this will give us an opportunity to attract more Franklin County students who are interested in playing baseball collegiately."
 
The new baseball program will compete at historic Henninger Field as Wilson and the Borough of Chambersburg have agreed on a partnership to allow usage of the facility. Henninger Field is steeped in baseball history including hosting the 1929 World Champion New York Yankees for an exhibition game in which Babe Ruth hit a home run.
 
The College will begin the search process for the program's first head coach immediately, which will allow the new coach the opportunity to recruit during the 2017-18 academic year. Wilson is set to become the 10th member institution of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) to offer baseball and will begin competition during the 2018-19 academic year as an NCAA DIII program. The NEAC provides each team with a full regular season schedule and the opportunity for post-season play, as well as the conference's automatic NCAA post-season berth.
 
The addition of baseball will give Wilson 10 intercollegiate sports, including 5 women's programs and 5 men's programs. Wilson competes in field hockey, softball, basketball, soccer and volleyball completing the sport requirement for women.  Since going co-ed in 2013, Wilson added men's teams in golf, soccer, basketball and volleyball.  Baseball will now fulfill the 5 sport NCAA requirement for men. 
 
According to the 2015-16 NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report, baseball has the second highest participation rate among NCAA DIII institutions with over 13,000 student-athletes competing at 383 DIII institutions.
 
Wilson's historic first baseball game will be in the spring of 2019.