CU begins archery program this fall; Larry Creason is new coach

CU begins archery program this fall; Larry Creason is new coach

                                                                                                                                                                 July 24, 2015
                                                                                                                                                 For Immediate Release

By Richard RoBards, assistant sports information director

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — A life-long love of bow hunting has led Larry Creason down a new career path as Campbellsville University’s first archery coach.


 Larry Creason

Creason, who is also an assistant professor of criminal justice at Campbellsville University, takes over a program that was introduced recently by Rusty Hollingsworth, director of athletics.

“We are excited to begin offering co-ed archery as our newest sport this fall,” Hollingsworth said.

“I am pleased to announce that Larry Creason will be our first coach as we get this program started. Larry has experience with competitive archery and holds certification as an instructor.This summer he will receive his Level
II certification.”

Creason said he has been interested in bow shooting since childhood and became an active bow hunter in 1986.

He hopes to start with a 10-member team in the fall and is in the process of finding students who might have an interest. Anyone interested should contact Creason at (270) 403-2772 or at ldcreason@campbellsville.edu.

Archery will become Campbellsville University’s 27th varsity sports program this fall. It is the eighth athletic program started or reinstated in the past five seasons at CU and the 12th in Hollingsworth’s 14 years as athletics director.

The most recent programs added were bass fishing in 2014-15 and women’s wrestling in 2013-14.

Campbellsville will join Union College, Midway College, Kentucky Christian University and the University of the Cumberlands as the only archery teams in Kentucky. Bethel (Tenn.) University is the only other NAIA program to offer coed archery.

Competitively, the Tigers are looking to join the United States Collegiate Archery Association and compete in tournaments that are open to the schools mentioned above and club teams.

There are three different types of bows that can be used for collegiate archery – compound bow, recurve and the bow hunter style. In addition, there are also three different divisions – 3D, indoor and outdoor.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and hope that some day archery will be an NAIA-recognized sport,” Creason said.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

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