Thursday, June 9, 2016

Midway University to Debut Men's Basketball Program in 2016-17

Midway University is starting up a men's basketball program that will debut in the 2016-17 season.

The program will be led by former St. Catharine College head coach Joe Krupinski.

Additionally, the program will offer a home to many athletes in the aftermath of St. Catharine closing for business.

Midway University will compete at the NAIA Division II level in the River States Conference (formerly Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

Here is a press release about the new program at Midway:

MIDWAY, Ky – Midway University and Athletic Director Rusty Kennedy announced on Monday that the Lexington-area school, which will welcome men on campus as a fully co- educational institution for the first time this coming Fall, will compete in Men's Basketball beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Joe Krupinski, former head coach at St. Catharine College, has been hired to lead the transition of the program to Midway from SCC, which announced its impending closure at the end of July due to mounting financial difficulties.

Midway Men's Basketball will join its female counterparts as members of the River States Conference (formerly known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and play a full 18-game league schedule this upcoming season. “I want to thank President Marsden, Coach Kennedy, and everyone at Midway for making this unique transition possible and for allowing me to become the first-ever coach of Men's Basketball at Midway. After only a brief time on campus, I have been impressed with all of the people at the school and their willingness to make this a great academic and athletic environment for all students, including our St. Catharine transfers, our recruits and the newcomers which we still hope to find before the start of school in August.” Krupinski, who will begin his eighth season as a head coach (and twentieth overall in collegiate coaching) comes to Midway after his only season at St. Catharine, one which saw the Patriots post a 4-2 mark against RSC opponents. Krupinski was also the head coach at Lyndon State College in Vermont for six seasons and has held assistant positions at four other schools at various levels prior to his arrival in Kentucky. “We are hopeful and feel confident that most all of our core returners and projected newcomers from SCC will join us at MU and allow us to continue building a successful program in all areas, one in which the Midway community will take pride.”

Krupinski also expressed his thanks to St. Catharine, the school that's closing led to this new beginning. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me, our team and for a few of our other programs and athletes, but obviously I am saddened by the outcome at St. Catharine. It was a place that became very special to me in a very brief amount of time. I especially want to thank President Gnadinger, Vice President Pittman and everyone at SCC for assisting with this transition and for all of their support over the past year.” Midway also announced on Monday that the school will field teams in Men's Soccer, Baseball and Men's Golf for the 2016-17 seasons and that two other St. Catharine coaches, Luther Bramblett (Baseball) and Tim Wolz (Men's Soccer) have been appointed to those respective positions with the Eagles. Anyone interested in available opportunities to participate in the Men's Basketball program at Midway this coming season or in the future should contact Coach Krupinski at

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