• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway University signs three St. Catharine coaches

On Monday, June 6, Midway University announced it has signed agreements with three St. Catharine College coaches to bring three men's sports – basketball, soccer and baseball – to the university. This comes on the heels of an announcement by Midway on Thursday, May 12, that it would begin accepting male students into its undergraduate programs. Midway is now working with the three coaches to transfer those St. Catharine teams to Midway to begin play this fall. "We are pleased to bring these coaches and their team members into our Eagles Athletics family," said Rusty Kennedy, Midway University athletics director. "We are hopeful that many of their existing student-athletes will transfer to Midway to continue playing together as a team. In addition to St. Catharine athletes, there will now be an opportunity for other male students to look at our athletics offerings and begin discussions with our coaches about our program." In addition to those sports, Midway will also add men's golf to its program, and is also working to bring St. Catharine female student-athletes to the university to participate in the existing women's teams, which include archery, basketball, cross country, softball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. The coaches hired to bring men's athletics programs to Midway University are Joe Krupinski (basketball), Tim Wolz (soccer), and Luther Bramblett (baseball). Otis Smith, Midway University's current women's golf coach will oversee the men's golf team. "We will be able to incorporate basketball, soccer and golf into our normal operations with the facilities we have or already use," said Kennedy. "For baseball we will be playing at an off-campus facility the first year. Midway University competes in the River States Conference (formerly the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC). What brought all this about was when St. Catharine announced on Wednesday, June 1, that it would have to close the school at the end of July due to financial problems. A number of colleges, including Midway, Kentucky State University and Georgetown College, have announced programs to assist St. Catharine students to come to their schools to continue their education. Last week Midway University was announced as one of the official teach-out schools for St. Catherine's students, which means that current St. Catharine students can easily transfer to Midway University. Admission application fees are being waived, the residency requirement or the minimum number of credits that must be taken at Midway University will be waived, and earned credits from accredited institutions, which includes those credits awarded by St. Catharine, will be accepted. The agreement facilitates the timely completion of degrees, especially for upper class students. This Friday, June 10, Midway University is hosting a campus open house just for St. Catharine students and their families. Advisors, admissions and financial aid officers will be available and staff will provide campus tours. The open house for any St. Catharine student, including student-athletes. Any athlete or regular student that can't make this event is encouraged to reach out to the admissions office or coaching staff to discuss transferring options. Student-athletes can submit a recruitment form online at www.gomidwayeagles.com. Any St. Catharine student who would like more information may contact the Midway University admissions office at 800-952-4122 or email admissions@midway.edu. (Information provided by Midway University.)

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