Colorado Christian University (CCU) is entering a new era of growth. Record-breaking enrollment for the 2006-2007 academic year has produced the highest number of student athletes in CCU history, bringing with it large-scale improvements to the university's athletic programming.
"This year's increase in the number of student athletes enrolled has allowed for major changes across the entire athletics department," commented Director of Athletics Doug Yager. These changes have included new equipment, more scholarships for individual sports, and larger, more competitive teams representing the NCAA Division II school. The difference made was widely observed on the playing field and scoreboard during the recent fall athletics season.
Men's soccer head coach John Russo was able to assemble a roster of 30 strong athletes, while the women's team posted its best season performance in four years. With 17 runners, the cross country team also put together its most complete roster in recent history. Topping things off, California freshman Tedi Thorne treated first-year women's golf head coach Todd Wilcox to the program's first-ever tournament winner, outscoring a list of skilled competitors that included the 2005 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year.
As the CCU Cougars gain rank as a conference power player, there is little doubt that this year's wave of enrolling students played a major role in paving the way. "People are noticing the high-caliber, values-based education our university offers, and that continues to attract students and athletes of character and talent," stated CCU President Bill Armstrong. "We are pleased by this year's successes and look forward to what our students will accomplish in the near future."
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