Coaches at closing St. Catharine College to move to Midway

File photo of Saint Catharine College campus in 2003.
File photo of Saint Catharine College campus in 2003. Herald-Leader

Athletes at the soon-to-close St. Catharine College in Springfield have found a new home: Midway University announced Monday that it has signed agreements with three St. Catharine coaches to bring men’s basketball, soccer and baseball to campus this fall.

Midway, another very small and struggling private school, recently announced that it would accept men as full-time undergraduate students for the first time in its 165-year history as Kentucky’s only women’s college.

“We are pleased to bring these coaches and their team members into our Eagles Athletics family,” said Rusty Kennedy, Midway University athletics director. “We are hopeful that many of their existing student-athletes will transfer to Midway to continue playing together as a team. In addition to St. Catharine athletes, there will now be an opportunity for other male students to look at our athletics offerings and begin discussions with our coaches about our program.”

Midway will also add men’s golf to the current lineup of women’s teams, including archery, basketball, cross-country, softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and equestrian.

St. Catharine College annnounced last week that it would close at the end of July because of enrollment and financial problems.

The coaches hired to bring these athletics programs to Midway University are: Joe Krupinski, men’s basketball; Tim Wolz, men’s soccer; and Luther Bramblett, baseball. Otis Smith, Midway University’s current female golf team coach will oversee the men’s golf team.

On Friday, Midway will host a campus open house for St. Catharine students and their families. Midway is one of the official “teach-out” campuses for St. Catharine students, which means they can easily transfer there. Admission application fees are waived, the residency requirement or the minimum number of credits that must be taken at Midway University will be waived, and earned credits from accredited institutions (inclusive of those credits awarded by St. Catharine College) will be accepted. This allows upper level students to graduate on time.

Friday’s session is open to any St. Catharine College student, including student-athletes. Any athlete or regular student that can’t make this event can contact the admissions office or coaching staff to discuss transferring options.

Midway University competes in the River States Conference (formerly the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). “We will be able to incorporate basketball, soccer and golf into our normal operations with the facilities we have or already use; for baseball we will be playing at an off campus facility the first year,” said Kennedy.

Six other Kentucky schools have signed teach-out agreements with St. Catharine: Bellarmine University in Louisville, Georgetown College, Kentucky State University in Frankfort and Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro. Two for-profit schools with campuses in Lexington and Louisville — Spencerian College and Sullivan University — will also be part of the agreements.

Linda Blackford: 859-231-1359, @lbblackford

More Information for St. Catharine students

If any St. Catharine College students wish to contact the Midway Admissions Office they can call 800-952-4122 or email

Students can find more details on the St. Catharine Day Event at Midway University on June 10 and register online here.

Student-athletes can submit a recruitment form online at

Other schools are also hosting open houses for St. Catharine College students. For more information, go to