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Contact: Jen Hoover, SID
Wednesday, May 1, 1996 - 1:00 p.m.
Hopkins to Elevate Women's Lacrosse to
BALTIMORE, Md.--Johns Hopkins University will elevate its women's
lacrosse program to NCAA Division I status, it was announced
today in a press conference at the Department of Athletics. The
change in status will go into effect for the 1998-99 school year,
after the completion of a required two-year NCAA compliance
"We are very excited about the plans to elevate women's lacrosse
to Division I ," said Director of Athletics Tom Calder. "Johns
Hopkins has a great history and tradition of success in men's
lacrosse, and we feel that this is the next natural step. Our
women's program has experienced tremendous success in Division
III, and we are confident that Head Coach Janine Tucker is the
person to take the program to the next level."
Tucker, who is currently in her third year at Johns Hopkins, will
relinquish her duties as head field hockey coach to become the
full-time head coach of the Division I lacrosse program. A 1989
Loyola graduate and a former All-America lacrosse player, she
previously served as an assistant coach with the Greyhounds'
Division I lacrosse program. In her first two seasons at
Hopkins, Tucker guided the Blue Jays to back-to-back Centennial
Conference Championships and appearances in the NCAA Division III
Semifinals. Her 1996 team is currently 9-5 overall and 7-1 in the
The NCAA requires a two-year planning period before elevating a
sport from Division III to Division I status. During that time, a
program is required to operate in compliance with the more
restrictive of Division III and Division I regulations. Johns
Hopkins will begin the compliance period on June 1, 1996, and be
eligible to compete at the Division I level in September
of 1998. The team will begin playing a Division I schedule in the
spring of 1999.
The decision to elevate women's lacrosse comes as a part of a
continuing Department of Athletics effort to create an equitable
distribution of opportunities, benefits, and resources between
men and women. Other recent changes include the construction of a
new wing of women's locker room facilities in 1994 and the
addition of a women's soccer program in 1992.
Proposed Timeline for Elevation of Women's Lacrosse to
- May 1, 1996: Announcement of intention to
elevate women's lacrosse program to
Division I status.
- June 1, 1996: Begin two-year compliance
period with more restrictive NCAA
- Summer 1996: Educate women's lacrosse
coaches on NCAA Division I rules and regulations.
- July 1, 1997: Hire full-time assistant
women's lacrosse coach (to serve as head coach in a second
- June 1, 1998: File petition to NCAA for
multidivision classification in a
- Sept. 1, 1998: Eligible to participate in
Division I (if in compliance with all division membership bylaws
for the two years prior to June 1, 1998).
- Spring 1999: Begin playing Division I
- 1999-2000: Incoming women's lacrosse players
eligible to receive athletic scholarships.
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