Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, Viterbo University will have two new competitive sports – men’s volleyball and competitive dance and cheer. The two latest editions are keeping with the objective to increase the number of the university’s athletic teams, according to Athletic Director Barry Fried.

Viterbo currently offers eight women’s varsity sports and seven men’s.

“We believe both of these sports are great fits for Viterbo University and we are very excited about the future of both programs,” Fried said in a university release. “The tremendous success of our women’s volleyball program has brought significant attention to Viterbo, so we are confident that will help in building a strong men’s program.”

Although there are no high school boys volleyball programs in the Coulee Region, Fried said men’s volleyball continues to grow in popularity in metro areas such as Milwaukee, Chicago and Indianapolis. He said the next sport to expected to achieve “Championship Level” status from the NAIA is college men’s volleyball.

Competitive dance and cheer recently gained “Championship Level” status from the NAIA, Fried said.

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