GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Grayson College hasn't had a basketball program in nearly a decade.
This fall, the court will be full of not only players, but also cheerleaders and a pep band. They'll also have an athletic training program for the first time.
The college announced the return of the men and women's basketball program this week. It was chopped after the Texas legislature cut funding to the school back in the 2010-11 season. The programs' coaching staffs also departed.
"It's not something that's a surprise," said Athletic Director Mike McBrayer. "It was a timing deal. With our new dormitory going up, we have the space and room for more athletics."
The new dorm, announced back in September, will have 99 beds, with hopes there will be enough space for everyone.
"The atmosphere needs to be correct," McBrayer said. "We want to bring cheer back, we wanna bring a pep band back, we're adding student life, not just athletics."
"We'll make it a small school feel with big dreams," said assistant softball coach Maggie McBrayer.
Students said they're excited to get the ball rolling.
"It's something different," said student Alec Who. "I feel like Grayson's only known for baseball. We'll see how it goes."
Grayson College wants to hire men and women's coaches by the end of February.
After that, they'll start recruiting players for the upcoming fall season.