Contact: David Pratt, Sports Information Director, (318) 869-5092

Centenary to Add Men's and Women's Swimming as Varsity Sport

SHREVEPORT—Centenary President Dr. Kenneth Schwab has announced that Centenary will add men and women’s swimming as a varsity sport beginning in the 2002-03 season.

The addition of swimming to the athletic program will increase the
total number of varsity sports to 18, more than any other school in
North Louisiana (Louisiana Tech 14, Northwestern State 14, and Grambling 16).

Dr. Schwab also announced that Butch Jordan, veteran Shreveport
Swim Team coach, will coach both the men and women’s teams. “I am very excited to accept this position at Centenary and to coach at the Division I level,” said Jordan.  “I am looking forward to recruiting and scheduling this year in preparation for competition in the 2002-03 season.”

Centenary is the first school in the area to add swimming as a
varsity sport. “There has been a void in this area in the past when it comes to swimming, but Centenary has taken care of that.  Now the youth of
Shreveport can watch college swimming firsthand and know that they can
continue to swim after high school,” said Jordan.

The addition of swimming to the athletic lineup at Centenary, combined with major renovations that have already taken place, shows the commitment the college has made to athletics.  “This is a significant step forward for Centenary athletics and the college,” said Athletic Director Dr. David Bedard.  “Coach Jordan is highly qualified and we are excited to have him.”


David Pratt
Sports Information Director
Centenary College of Louisiana
Phone: (318) 869-5092