11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
PELLA —With the start of the 2012-13 athletics season just days away, Central College fans are invited to a “Meet the coaches” ice cream social in the Graham Conference Center Annex Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The event is open to the public and is free—as is the ice cream.
The fall sport coaches will give a quick update on the upcoming season and interim athletics director Eric Van Kley will introduce the other head coaches for Central’s 19 intercollegiate sports, including the newest member of the Central staff, men’s basketball coach Craig Douma. But the majority of the hour will be devoted to allowing the fans and coaches to interact.
The year kicks off Friday, Aug. 31when the Dutch women’s soccer team travels to Nebraska Wesleyan, the women’s golf squad competes in the Buena Vista Fall Invitational and the volleyball team journeys to the Wis.-Whitewater Invitational. The following day Central’s football squad opens at Wis.-Oshkosh while the men’s soccer team meets Wis.-Oshkosh in Pella, the women’s tennis squad travels to Doane (Neb.) and the cross country teams stage the Central Dutch Invitational.
Fans will also have an opportunity to join the Central Club, one of the nation’s oldest small-college athletics booster organizations. For membership information, go to the Central athletics website at http://www.central.edu/athletics/centralClub/.