Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn informed staffers during a Tuesday meeting the department will be adding women's lacrosse as its 17th intercollegiate sports program and a national search is commencing for the program's first coach, a source said.

Bohn is expected to inform the Board of Regents of the decision to add women's lacrosse today at the board's meeting in Colorado Springs. The decision does not require board approval.

"We continue to make progress associated with all of the intricacies of adding a women's sport, and we look forward to sharing that with our key constituents in the near future," Bohn said when contacted for comment Tuesday evening.

Bohn acknowledged there was a staff meeting Tuesday but he declined to reveal what topics were discussed.

Earlier this month Bohn said that girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at the high school level in Colorado and much of the rest of the nation and that it would make sense for many reasons for CU to add women's lacrosse. Bohn said at that time the department is targeting the 2013-14 school year for the new women's program to begin competing. He said it could compete as a club sport prior to that.

Startup costs for the program will be relatively minimal with no new facilities required.Women's lacrosse is played in the spring and the CU team would play in Folsom Field and likely use the practice bubble and the same outdoor practice fields utilized by the football team.


The program will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the sport because the Pac-12 Conference does not sponsor women's lacrosse. That could change in the future because CU will be the fifth Pac-12 school to field a women's lacrosse program along with Stanford, Cal, Oregon and USC.

The University of Denver also competes in the MPSF and DU coach Liza Kelly said she was thrilled when she heard Colorado was considering adding the sport.

"My fingers are crossed that it is correct," Kelly said. "I think it's really exciting for the sport. Women's lacrosse in particular has seen a ton of growth in the west, and I think we've been the only Division I team in Colorado for a long time and it would be great to have some friendly competition."

Bohn said earlier this month that CU needed to add a women's sport to help correct the imbalance in the department between the total number of opportunities offered to men and women and the money spent on men's and women's programs as required by Title IX laws.

Women's lacrosse will be the 10th women's sport at CU joining women's basketball, cross country, golf, skiing, soccer, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and field and volleyball.