UCC Invests in New Soccer Program
Women’s Soccer will offer athletic and educational opportunities for students.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – The Umpqua Valley has a rich, long soccer history. The Roseburg Soccer Association, which started in 1974, is now known as the Umpqua United Soccer Club. The club serves the Roseburg, Sutherlin, Glide, Winston, and South Umpqua school districts of Douglas County.
Umpqua Community College (UCC) is proud to add to this rich soccer history and offer students opportunities through a new Soccer program. Starting in Fall 2020, the program will begin with a varsity women’s team of 20-30 female athletes.
“We are looking forward to having more female student-athletes on campus, growing our athletic programs, and contributing positively to UCC’s culture and community,” Whitney Pitalo, UCC’s Assistant Director of Athletics, said.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCC Board of Education approved a plan to add soccer as a new sport. College leadership chose to proceed with the plan because additional athletes will increase enrollment. The addition of women’s soccer will also bring the College into compliance with Title IX, which requires equal opportunity in intercollegiate athletics.
“We have been reaching out to high schools in the area and all over the West Coast,” Pitalo said. “We have even had some current UCC students reach out. We are developing and working on a place to practice. Right now, we will practice at UCC.”
Scholarships are available for students on the new team. Scholarships help student-athletes focus more on their studies and their sport and lessens their worries about finances. Interested students are invited to fill out the “Recruit Me” form on www.uccriverhawks.com.
As for soccer fans, be on the lookout for soccer scrimmages starting after Fall.
About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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Assistant Director of Athletics