Duke adds women’s softball, increases scholarships

February 25, 2014

The years-long, hotly contested debate about whether Duke should add a softball team is over. Softball will become Duke’s twenty-seventh varsity team with its anticipated debut in spring 2018.

In addition, Duke announced plans to increase the number of scholarships for women’s fencing, swimming and diving, and track and field to provide each program with the maximum quantity allowed by the NCAA.

The university’s arrival on the diamond will make it the twelfth ACC school with a softball team and bring Duke’s total number of women’s teams to fourteen, one more than men’s athletic teams.