COB Open House set for early next month
High school athletes and their coaches will get an opportunity to tour The College of The Bahamas'(COB)campus on April 8, during the institution’s annual Open House event. The date will also serve as the deadline for all persons interested in enrolling for the upcoming Fall semester if they want to compete in the various sporting disciplines offered by the college, said COB’s Athletic Director Kim Rolle.
“We extended the deadline for persons interested in enrolling for the fall semester,”said Rolle.”The original deadline was the end of February, so the extension gave interested student-athletes more time to prepare. The Open House will also give them an opportunity to sit and discuss with all our coaches here at the College of The Bahamas.
“When we speak to student-athletes, their coaches and parents, we want them to know that there are many opportunities right here at home at the College of The Bahamas and it is a sound academic environment. People like to ask why the College of The Bahamas… and I say why not. It is an environment that provides you with everything that you need to fulfill your academic as well as your athletic career.”
Rolle said the College of The Bahamas is a viable institute that should not be overlooked by Bahamian student-athletes. The COB Caribs are provisional members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics(NAIA)and have been taking part in sporting events in the Sun Conference since 2006. Apart from the Sun Conference meets and tournaments, teams are awarded opportunities to play and compete on the local and regional levels as well.
The college has attracted some of the top junior athletes in track and field, said Head Coach Bradley Cooper-athletes like Tamara Myers, Nikia Darville and Julianna Duncanson.
“We were laughed at when we first got started about two years ago,”said Cooper,”but I think, coming into this year or last year we started to get that respect from the schools around The Bahamas. They are knocking on our doors everyday asking whether or not their children or athletes can get into COB. As you know we have been traveling to the United States and competing in some meets there, so we are the next option.”
Scholarships that are currently being offered are a part of the college’s expansion program. The various sporting disciplines, for men and women, are soccer, basketball and track and field. The college also has a women’s volleyball team.