Doane brought in over 250 student athletes in the incoming freshman class. This will be the third time in the last 11 years.
Including both first-years and transfers, the athletics department has brought in 284 new students to campus according to Doane’s Office of Admissions.
Doane’s athletic director, Matt Franzen, said this number is well above what the department brought in last year. Franzen also said this year almost all teams met or even exceeded their goals.
These team goals stem from what the university is looking for as a whole.
“It starts with the big picture, ”Franzen said, “It’s never going to be the same [for each team], men’s and women’s golf is never going to be the same as the football goal just because it can’t be”
Athletics sets their target goal at anywhere between 230-250 student athletes.
Each year, the department breaks it down to see how many each sport can realistically bring in.
According to Franzen, 5 of the 20 sports exceeded their goals by a fair amount while 4 fell just shy of their goal. The five that well exceeded their goal were baseball, men’s basketball, softball, volleyball, and women’s basketball.
The four sports that fell short are football, wrestling, dance, and women’s golf. The remaining 11 teams were either shy or hit their goal.
One team that Franzen was particularly pleased to see a high number was wrestling. With a goal of 15, wrestling fell just short at 14. When Coach Dana Vote came in to the program in March, the program had about 4 commits.
“What I was happy with was that he was able to scramble late in the process this year and almost get to that goal of 15, which leaves me to believe that next year he’ll be in really good shape,” said Franzen.