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  Avila University adds athletic teams for upcoming season  
  Kansas City, MO    
October 12, 2009

The Athletic Department at Avila University recently announced it is expanding its athletic program by adding a men's golf team and cross country teams for both men and women, starting in the fall of 2010.

"By increasing the number of teams in our intercollegiate program to include men’s and women’s cross country as well as men’s golf, Avila’s presence in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will increase significantly,” said Anthony Hall, Jr., director of athletics and recreation. “Ultimately, growing our athletics program means more opportunities for student athletes to compete in the Heart of America Conference.”

Recruiting for the men's golf team, as well as the cross-country team, is currently underway. Avila also has begun the process of filling the part-time head coaching position for the cross-country team.

Lisa Holton, current head coach for the Avila women's golf team, has assumed head coaching duties for both the men's and women’s golf teams going forward.

"The Avila women’s golf team is excited to be joined by the men in the upcoming year," said Holton. "We anticipate that our Eagles will soar in next season’s competition."

For information on the cross country coaching position or to apply for the coaching position, visit Student athletes interested in more information about Avila’s golf or cross-country teams may contact Lisa Holton at 816-501-2417 or for golf or Anthony Hall at 816-501-3634 or for cross country.

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.