“It’s a great time to be a Mustang”, that quote is said quite frequently these days on the campuses of Stevenson University. Stevenson who’s athletics facilities are centered around the former training headquarters of the Baltimore Colts and Baltimore Ravens, are looking to extend the winning traditions of the former tenants of the complex. The Stevenson University Mustangs have experienced unprecedented growth and success in Athletics over the past 5 years. The Men’s Lacrosse team have consistently been ranked in the top 5 of Division III, and Women’s lacrosse team has achieved ranking in the top 20 this season. This week the University is opening a new state of the art gymnasium on the Owings Mills campus. The new gym provides a location on the Owings Mills campus for games, practices, and other college events. During a press conference last Thursday Stevenson unveiled a new athletic logo for its teams. The Athletic Department have also revealed plans for the new 3,500 seat stadium on the Ownings Mills campus. The stadium will feature a student fitness center and a glass enclosed press box, and a field turf playing surface. The stadium is also set to feature a rare concept for stadiums at the D-III level an enclosed “club” level seating area. Groundbreaking for the stadium will occur in the upcoming weeks and will be ready for the first football game on September 3, 2011.
Last week another milestone was reached at Stevenson. The Stevenson University Football team started practice under the leadership of Head Coach Ed Hottle, who in the 9 short months since being hired as football coach, has built the football program from scratch. Stevenson is in a development year this season, which allows Hottle and his staff to practice and build his team without the players losing a year of eligibility. Hottle, who restarted the football program at Gallaudet University in 2005, has set the goals very high for the team, with talk of conference championships and national championships quickly becoming part of the young team’s vocabulary. The football team will be playing in the competitive Middle Atlantic Conference next season, which features nationally ranked Delaware Valley College, my alma mater. While the excitement surrounding football has the campus buzzing, The men’s lacrosse has contintued to be one of the best in the nation. Lead by coach Paul Paul Cantabene the men’s program has come from its meager beginnings, to a national powerhouse in a short amount of time The annual Stevenson vs. Salisbury Lacrosse game is one of the must see lacrosse games of the year, and this budding rivalry adds a level of intensity on the field and in the stands.
Stevenson currently fields 20 men’s and women’s varsity Sports, and it does not plan to stop. They are adding varsity Woman’s Ice Hockey, and they started to accept applications for the head coaching position on the university’s web site this week. The sky is the limit at Stevenson. The facilities are first class, and the coaching staffs are dedicated. While Stevenson may be the new new name, when it come to NCAA Division III athletics, the Mustangs have the facilities and staff in place to become a athletics powerhouse, in Maryland and Nationwide.