BROOMFIELD — Athletic director Ben Peterson and his staff at Holy Family crunched the numbers and figured now was the time.
The Tigers will be part of the growing Colorado trend of schools starting lacrosse programs. In the spring of 2017, Holy Family will add both a girls and a boys program.
"We had 280 kids go out for one of our four springs sports we offer this year and that is over 70 per sport," Peterson said. "We just didn't have enough varsity opportunities and our incoming freshman class had a lot of kids with interest and experience playing."
There are already several Holy Family student/athletes playing lacrosse at other schools in and around the area that offer the sport.
Holy Family hosted an informational night for both students and parents over the last week and the sports was received with great interest.
"We had great turnout for that with both the boys and the girls," Peterson continued. "People are very energized about it and I think it is going to be a good sport for Holy Family to have."
The plan is for the boys to head right into the varsity fray, likely in Class 4A. On the girls side, it will still be up in the air as to how they want to proceed. There is only one classification of girls lacrosse in the state, so a young and possibly inexperienced team would have to play some of the biggest schools in the state.
"We are still gauging what the interest is going to be, but our preference would be to go varsity as well," Peterson said. "We want to put together a team that is knowledgable in the sport and able to compete ... and we need to make sure we can get that out of the girls program before we put them out there on the field."
The next process will be to go on the coaching search and Peterson and his staff are already starting the process. He is hopeful to attract a quality list of candidates and those interested can send their resumes to the school.