Mount Marty College announced the school plans to offer football as an athletic sport in the future.
The school, located in Yankton, made the announcement on Tuesday morning. Mount Marty hasn’t offered football in the school’s history. The Lancers compete in the NAIA and Great Plains Athletic Conference in seven men’s sports and eight women’s sports.
Yankton College, which closed in 1984, was home to Yankton’s last college football team. The GPAC announced Tuesday morning, MMC would be the 11th school to play football in the conference.
In a news release, MMC said football is aiming for its first varsity game in 2022. A search for the team’s first head coach will start in May. The team will play its games at Crane-Youngworth Field, where the Yankton High School team plays.
The school says an additional 100 students will be brought in to fill the football roster.
“We’re extremely excited to bring college football back to Yankton after a 35-year absence and we look forward to the growth it will foster. The use of Crane-Youngworth Field is a great partnership between the Yankton School District and Mount Marty College to improve sports offerings in the area,” MMC President Dr. Marcus Long said in a news release.