Cleary to add men’s and women’s basketball for 2023-24 season


VSN (admin) Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – 08:30

(Howell, MI) — Heather Bateman, senior vice president of campus operations and director of athletics at Cleary University, announced the addition of men’s and women’s basketball as the 16th and 17th sports in the Cougars roster.

“We are extremely excited to bring men’s and women’s basketball to Cleary University”, Bateman said. “We believe the addition of men’s and women’s basketball will continue to help us take the next steps to compete in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and NAIA. We know the addition of basketball will complement our other sports programs and we will do everything in our power to create two programs that the community and the University will be proud of. ”

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin competitive play in the 2023-24 season and join the WHAC. The head coaches of each program will be hired for this year (2022-23) with the task of recruiting their team.

Prior to the announcement, Cleary was the only WHAC member not to sponsor men’s and women’s basketball. The addition of men’s and women’s basketball means that all 12 WHAC members compete in the following sports:
Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s indoor/outdoor track and field, baseball and softball.

Bateman continued, “We are very excited about what this means for our campus and our community. In addition to our already established programs, men’s and women’s basketball will only enhance our student life experience. Basketball is a traditional winter sport, and we believe our students will create an environment that will make Cleary one of the toughest places for visiting teams in the conference.

Cleary University is a private college located in Howell, Michigan. The approximately 700-student university primarily offers business-related degrees and certificates.

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