Utica University in New York is adding men’s and women’s wrestling and women’s gymnastics, the school announced yesterday. The teams will begin competition in the 2023-2024 season, and a coaching search is underway. The school currently has separate job listings for the men’s and women’s head coaches. Utica competes in the Empire 8 Conference. Other teams with wrestling in the Empire 8 include Elmira and St. John Fisher. Utica has around 3,000 undergraduates an is located in I-90 between Syracuse and Albany.
UTICA, NY – Utica University President Dr. Laura Casamento and Director of Athletics Dave Fontaine announced this morning that the university will add women’s gymnastics, men’s wrestling and women’s wrestling to its roster of NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. These additions bring the total number of intercollegiate sports at Utica to 29.
All three winter season sports will begin play for the 2023-24 season. The university has begun the process of hiring coaches, and once in place, the coaches will immediately begin recruiting first-year and transfer student athletes.
“Gymnastics and wrestling are wonderful complements to our existing Olympic sport offerings and both are recognized NCAA Emerging Sports for Women,” Casamento said. “With the growing popularity of these sports, both in our region and across the state and country, we are excited to expand opportunities for athletes to compete at the college level.”