MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Memorial University has announced the addition of softball to the athletics department, with competition slated to begin in Spring 2022. Director of Athletics Ernest T. Jones also named the head coaches for softball and women's flag football.
Flag football, which was announced as FMU's 11th varsity sport in May 2020, is slated to begin Spring 2021.
Pedro Herrera was named as FMU's first head softball coach while Jonathan Alvarez was tabbed the women's inaugural flag football coach.
Herrera comes to Florida Memorial University after serving as head softball coach at Broward College before his season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Herrera's time at Broward, all players maintained a 3.0 or better grade-point average.
In Alvarez, the Lions bring in a coach that has an extensive history in Flag Football in the state of Florida and previously served as the girl's flag football offensive coordinator at Mater Academy High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida.
The addition of softball and women's flag football allows Florida Memorial to continue to meet Title IX gender equity compliance requirements. FMU's other recent women's sports addition was beach volleyball in 2020.
"A myriad of factors go into not only adding a sport, but finding the right one for your university and athletics profile," Jones said. "We believe we have an opportunity to immediately compete at the highest collegiate level. Additionally, we will attract new students from across the country and support our goal of providing women with more opportunities to participate in sports."