Cottey College announces addition of women’s flag football program

The Comets are expecting to play their first season next spring.
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Cottey College is adding a new sport to its athletics lineup. 

“We want to be in the forefront of this,” says Cottey College Athletic Director Stephanie Beason, “We want to be part of that groundbreaking experience.”

The school announced Thursday it will begin offering women’s flag football.

Cottey is the first college in Missouri and first women’s college in the nation to offer the sport.

“We want to be able to offer those prospective students all of the options they would face at any other institution,” says Cottey College President Jann Weitzel, “We’re so excited to be at the forefront of flag football at the collegiate level.”

The school is expecting to play its first season next spring.

The Comets will play their home games at the Nevada High School football field.

“We have some property on campus that we stepped off and were just shy a little bit,” Beason says of finding a place to play, “For Mr. McNeley to agree that we can utilize their facilities when they’re not in use for the high school, that was a good opportunity for us.”

Nevada High School product Madeline Culbertson is the first head coach of the Cottey women’s flag football team.

Culbertson played collegiate softball at William Jewell after graduating from NHS.

“Being from Nevada I’m really happy to come back to Cottey and to help coach this sport,” Culbertson says, “I’m excited to guide young ladies in collegiate athletics and help them with something they’ve wanted to do their whole life.”

“We knew that she was more than capable,” Beason says of hiring Culbertson, “We have a lot of faith in Madi. We’re looking forward to seeing how things progress.” 

Culbertson’s first task is to get players to the school to field a roster.

“We currently have four 2020 applicants for this coming season, and five others interested in visiting and starting the application process,” Culbertson says. 

“Right now recruitment is priority number one,” Beason finishes, “We’ll take baby steps in moving forward with everything else that we’ll need for it.” 

The NAIA is teaming up with the NFL and RCX to become the first collegiate athletics association to offer women’s flag football.

Collegiate women’s flag football will be played on a field that’s 100-yards long (endzone-to-endzone) and 40 yards wide.

The school says they will probably play around six games the first season, with the goal of moving to a 10-12 game season in the future.

Cottey College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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