NDC Becomes Charter Member of New Conference

The presidents of 12 universities and colleges - nine in West Virginia, two in Ohio and one in Virginia - have jointly announced the formation of a new all-sports collegiate athletic conference to be named the Mountain East Conference.

The new 12-team league's charter membership will include:

  • Concord University (W.Va.)
  • Fairmont State University (W.Va.)
  • Glenville State College (W.Va.)
  • Notre Dame College (Ohio)
  • Shepherd University (W.Va.)
  • The University of Charleston (W.Va.)
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise (Va.)
  • Urbana University (Ohio)
  • West Liberty University (W.Va.)
  • West Virginia State University (W.Va.)
  • Wheeling Jesuit University (W.Va.)
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College (W.Va.).

"We are extremely pleased to announce the formation of the Mountain East Conference,” said spokesperson Reid Amos on behalf of the 12 presidents of the new alliance.

“The goal of this effort has been to align like-minded institutions with similar budgets and goals across a regional footprint. We strongly believe that our charter membership creates a solid foundation that provides mutual benefit and secures the athletic future for our institutions. We will collectively make every effort to provide a high-quality experience for our student-athletes in Mountain East competition.”

The Mountain East Conference intends to commence competition for the 2013-14 academic year, but its members will remain active with their current conference affiliations until they will be able to compete as a conference within the NCAA. The move will not affect any athletic schedules for 2012-13.

With current sports sponsorship, the Mountain East Conference will meet the NCAA requirement for a conference championship in 16 sports, including: men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track, and volleyball.

The West Virginia institutions are currently members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), UVa-Wise and Urbana were slated to compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) beginning in 2013, and Notre Dame is an NCAA Division II Independent competing in five of its 22 sports as an affiliate member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). UVa-Wise has been accepted into the NCAA membership process and will compete within NCAA Division II in 2013 while pursuing full membership; the other 11 schools are all NCAA Division II members.

“We are delighted to be a founding member of the Mountain East Conference. Along with 11 other institutions with similar academic and athletic philosophies and resources, the new conference is a good fit for our athletic programs in many ways,” said Notre Dame President Dr. Andrew P. Roth. “The respect for high-quality sportsmanship and the priority placed on the ‘student’ part of our student-athletes complement our mission of preparing students for personal, professional and global responsibility. We eagerly anticipate beginning conference competition.”

Director of Athletics Scott Swain called the move to the MEC “another chapter in the success story of Notre Dame Athletics.”

“I am excited about the challenges ahead with competition in the Mountain East Conference. Having a conference home for our sports programs is absolutely a necessary step in our quest for NCAA Division II athletic excellence,” Swain said. “This move to the Mountain East Conference will greatly benefit student-athletes attending Notre Dame College: it will enhance their overall collegiate experience.”


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