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Basketball, volleyball coming back to Calhoun Community College

Men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball will all be ready for play by Fall of 2022, the school said.

Posted: Oct 18, 2021 12:20 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2021 5:55 PM

Calhoun Community College announced Monday it is bringing back men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball for student play come Fall 2022.

Earlier this month, the school surveyed the community to see which sports they'd like to have added to the school's athletics program. The school says basketball and volleyball were "overwhelmingly" chosen.

The Carlton Kelley Gymnasium at Calhoun Community College.

"The survey confirmed what we thought we already knew, but we wanted to be sure we had the community's support before moving forward to expand our athletics," said Calhoun Interim President Jimmy Hodges. "I'm excited about where we're headed. I believe the expansion of our sports programs will help grow the college and have a positive impact on the lives of our students."

Local politicians, community leaders and Calhoun alumni were on-hand Monday to celebrate. Brad Siegfried, Calhoun class of 1976, drove from Atlanta on Monday morning just for the announcement.

"It meant that much to me, you know; it's Calhoun Community College," said Siegfried. "It makes it a pure community feel when they're bringing in kids from the area and playing sports and giving them the opportunity to move on and go forward."

Coaches for all three sports are being sought immediately. Recruiting is also underway. The Warhawks will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Assocation Alabama Community College Conference.

"It's been a long time coming," said Calhoun Athletic Director Nancy Keenum. "This is something I've advocated for since the college suspended athletics in 2001. We have gradually brought back our programs a little at a time. Now, with the reinstatement of basketball and the addition of volleyball, I think we will present more of a collegiate atmosphere and attract new students to attend Calhoun."

School leaders say this will add to the student athlete population by about 40%.

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