Lawrence Tech to launch football team, hires coach

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Lawrence Tech to launch football team, hires coach

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – After a hiatus of 70 years, Lawrence Technological University will again field a football team and has hired a coach, Jeff Duvendeck, who will lead efforts to build a team that will begin competing in the 2018 season.

Duvendeck, most recently the head coach at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., will begin student recruiting activities immediately.

Lawrence Tech expects to attract students with strong scholastic aptitude who also enjoy the competition, discipline, and camaraderie of intercollegiate athletics. The 4,500-student private university reinstituted athletics in 2011 and now fields 24 men’s and/or women’s teams in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, golf, tennis, bowling, baseball, softball, volleyball, and cross country.

LTU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), and the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC). LTU intends to compete in football as an independent program in 2018, and join the Mid-States Football Association of the NAIA in the fall of 2019.

“We anticipate that we will continue to attract strong scholars to our new football program,” said Virinder K. Mou