Golf and tennis are returning to Weatherford College, and, for the first time in college history, the Coyotes will have a volleyball team.
Members of the WC Board of Trustees approved a four-year timeline during their meeting Thursday afternoon to reinstate and add these sports.
WC Athletic Director Bob McKinley thanked the board for their continued support in providing opportunities for students to excel in sports as he outlined the expansion of WC’s athletic program.
Men’s golf and women’s tennis will return to WC with competition beginning in Fall 2021, women’s volleyball will be added in Fall 2022 and women’s golf and men’s tennis will be added to the athletic lineup with competition in Fall 2023.
This timeline provides the college with ample time to hire coaches, recruit athletes, and make modification to the Betty Jo Graber Athletic Center necessary for volleyball.
“We have one of the finest athletic programs in the state of Texas, and we look forward to that continuing,” McKinley said. “The sports that we're talking about adding can do nothing but give us more visibility in not only in our community but in our state and nation.”
The board also took an important step in the construction of the college’s new Workforce and Emerging Technologies Building.
Members authorized the negotiation of a contract with Huckabee & Associates as architects for the project, with a planned groundbreaking in the spring of 2020. They also approved five firms to serve as an architectural pool for future projects: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects, Huckabee & Associates, MNK Architects, Stantec Architecture and VLK Architects.
In other business the board:
- Approved minutes from the Oct. 10 board meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending Sept. 30 and Oct. 31.
- Approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus item through e-waste recycling and online auction.
- Approved an alternate method of disposal for surplus items from the WC Law Enforcement Academy.
- Approved the annual review of a policy concerning investments.
- Approved the emergency replacement of HVAC units for the Alkek Fine Arts Center.
- Agreed to evenly distribute the college’s 290 votes to all seven candidates nominated to serve as directors on the Parker County Appraisal District. The five nominees with the most votes will serve as directors for 2020-21.
- Received the annual Equities in Athletics report from Adam Finley, executive dean of student services.
- Received reports from Mike Endy, vice president of academics and student affairs on Guided Pathways, the demand study and an update on the Veterinary Technology Program.
In his president’s report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized Chelsea Cochran, Katie Edwards, Crystal Woerly and Brent Baker on winning four awards (three bronze and one gold) from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
- Congratulated the Bell Ringers’ Ball Steering Committee on organizing a fantastic event.
- Congratulated WC Foundation President Bob Glenn on being named the 2019 recipient of the Carlos Hartnett Award.
- Recognized Myrlan Coleman on hosting her 100th art show at WC.
- Congratulated WC’s Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on their fall induction ceremony and 90th reunion event.
- Recognized the WC Young Democrats group for participating in the Tin Top Road cleanup.
- Congratulated Ralph Willingham and everyone who made the WC Veterans Day celebration a success.
- Recognized Duane Durrett and Dr. Sarah Lock on hosting a successful superintendents conference.
- Recognized WC alumnus Jon Vandagriff for his recent lecture on the early history of the college and the Methodist Church hosted at Weatherford’s First United Methodist Church.
- Thanked the WC Police Department and volunteers for another successful Safe Halloween.
- Thanked Vance Christie and the army of volunteers who made the annual FFA Leadership Development Event a success.
- Announced the retirements of vocational nursing instructor Eloise Broughton and purchasing specialist Cindy Clifton.
- Announced the resignation of WC Wise County Dean Dr. Daniel O’Meara.