PAINESVILLE, Ohio (August 4, 2008) - In less than 48 hours, another historical moment will occur for the Lake Erie College football program as players report to preseason camp on Wednesday for the inaugural varsity season. More than 120 student-athletes are expected to arrive on campus Wednesday morning to begin preparations for the 2008 season under head coach Mark McNellie. The players will spend the day getting checked in and going through various team meetings before heading to Painesville Kiwanis Recreation Park on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. for their first official workout.
The opening session is just three weeks prior to the team's first varsity game in program history in which the Storm hosts Gannon University on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in downtown Painesville. Lake Erie spent 2007 competing as a club team while the entire athletics department continued the transition process to become a member of NCAA Division II. The Storm was approved by the NCAA to become a provisional member of Division II as of Sept. 1, 2008. As a result, Lake Erie will compete independently this year while continuing the final steps of the transition process.
The Storm has an 11-game schedule this season with seven dates against DII opponents. The season opener against Gannon will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio as one of two dates being covered. The second is on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. against The Apprentice School.
Additionally, a minimum of eight games will be broadcast on WELW 1330 AM and welw.com beginning with the Sept. 20 game against Saint Joseph's (Ind.).
Another highlight of the schedule is the NCAA-sponsored Take a Kid to the Game Program where on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. against Adrian (Mich.), one kid may get in to the home game free with each paid adult admission.