WILLISTON, N.D. (KXNET) — Williston State College plans to add Women’s Hockey in the fall of 2023.

The Tetons will compete at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II level, which is the same as the Men’s Hockey program.

Athletic Director Jayden Olson said with the increased popularity of the sport they are excited to give more North Dakotans a chance to play in their home state.

“I think anytime you can give students opportunities it’s a great thing. That’s something you look around the region around the area with what’s going on with high schools, clubs, junior hockey, etc. those kinds of things and what can you add,” Olson said. “And DCB added it a few years ago there are other institutions that are currently in the process of adding or have added so we’re fortunate to have some schools around the area and we just felt with the surrounding area that this would be a good addition to our campus.”

WSC plans to hire a coach for the 2022-23 academic year to give them a chance to recruit a team and build relationships within the campus and community.