DOVER, Del.- Delaware State has added another talented student-athlete to its new women’s triathlon team, which begins competition this summer.
DSU head coach Eric Kirouac has announced that Nola Woods of Lincoln, Neb., has signed to attend the university and compete for the triathlon team in its first season.
“I am excited to continue my education and athletics career at DSU because Delaware is beautiful and had the most opportunities for me to be the most successful version of myself; and there’s nothing better than a “team family” in my opinion,” said Woods.
Kirouac added,” “I am very excited to welcome Nola to the DSU community and have her be a part of the inaugural triathlon team. She possesses great talent and potential in the sport of triathlon, and it will be a pleasure to have her on the team this fall!”
Woods is the fifth student-athlete to sign on with the Delaware State triathlon team, joining Danielle Fleurima of Chillicothe, OH, Chara Hinds of Bridgetown, Barbados, Jenna Blauser of Karns City, Pa., and Pamela Hernandez Quevedo of Mexico City, Mexico.
Delaware State announced in April 2020 it was adding women’s triathlon to its list of intercollegiate sports, becoming the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and second Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to sponsor the sport.
Triathlon was approved in January 2014 as the latest NCAA Emerging Sport for Women for NCAA Division I, II and III institutions. Races are sprint distance, featuring an open water 750-meter swim, draft legal 20-kilometer cycling and a 5-kilometer run.
Kirouac was announced as the head coach of the new team in March 2021. His extensive triathlon experience includes coaching athletes to USA Triathlon pro license qualifications, in addition to numerous athletics accomplishments.
Kirouac holds a pro license in cross country mountain biking and has coached multiple cyclists to high levels of success in all disciplines, including road, mountain bike, and cyclocross.