September 6, 2019

What's new in 2019

As with every season, there are various changes occurring for the new 2019 season, and we highlight some of the noteworthy ones. We look at who’s leaving Division III and who’s joining, updates in schools' membership status, conference affiliation changes, tweaks to the tournament field and berth allocations, etc. The bigger story this off-season is not the number of schools switching conferences, but the loss of Division III members. Between closures, departure from the NCAA, and reclassification within the NCAA, Division III sees a net loss of five members—the first time in recent memory and maybe the first time ever that the division has shrunk instead of grown. We also look ahead, describing policy changes that are in the works and listing upcoming conference affiliation changes. 


GETTING IN ON THE FUN – NEW AND RESURRECTED SOCCER PROGRAMS DEBUT IN 2019

• After a year as club teams, the Mary Baldwin University men’s and women’s soccer programs begin intercollegiate play this fall. Actually, Mary Baldwin had a women’s team through the 2016 fall season before discontinuing the program due to waning interest. The university added its first co-educational undergraduate programs for the 2017/18 school year, breaking an all-women’s tradition dating back to its founding as a seminary in 1842. Soccer, cross-country and track & field were the first men’s programs established, playing as club teams in 2018/19. The Fighting Squirrels compete in the USA South Athletic Conference, and these three men’s teams start conference play this year along with the return of the women’s soccer team. With Mary Baldwin a full, active Division III member, these teams are immediately eligible for the conference and NCAA championships.

Chatham University has added a men’s soccer team that begins varsity intercollegiate competition this fall. Chatham, a 12-year member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), has been a Division III member since 1994, making the new Cougars’ team immediately eligible for the PAC and NCAA championship tournaments. Chatham, located in Pittsburgh, was founded in 1896 as the Pennsylvania Female College. Its name was changed to Chatham College in 1955 and to Chatham University in 2007. The school became co-educational with the admission of men starting with the 2015/16 school year. Men’s soccer is the tenth men’s sport at Chatham.


CURTAINS – THREE CASH-STRAPPED SCHOOLS CALL IT A DAY

• With mounting debt—most significantly unpaid federal payroll taxes—the College of New Rochelle decided it had no choice but to cease operations. The 115-year old institution closed its doors after the 2019 summer term. Students have the option to automatically transfer to Mercy College through an agreement between the two schools. Mercy is a Division II member. New Rochelle, a women’s only institution until three years ago, had been a Division III member since 1982. Its men’s soccer team debuted in 2016 when the school became coeducational, and a women’s soccer program was only added a year later. Both teams played as independents, so no conference is losing a member.

Newbury College shut down following the 2018/19 academic year amid significant financial challenges caused by sharply declining enrollment. The Boston-area school was founded in 1962 as a business school and over the next three decades grew to become the nation's largest junior college through numerous acquisitions and expansion to more than a dozen satellite campuses. The college then began consolidating as it transitioned into a four-year baccalaureate college in the mid '90s with enrollment peaking around 5,400. However, over the past 20+ years, enrollment dropped to just a little over 600. It is the first of two losses for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) of which Newbury was a charter member in 2008. Newbury was a Division III member since 1999.

• The NECC’s other loss is Southern Vermont College who also shut its doors following the spring semester. Founded as a business school in 1926, Southern Vermont grew to a junior college in 1962 and a four-year liberal arts college in 1974. Due to deteriorating finances stemming from embezzlement in 2012 and declining enrollment—falling close to 300 from a peak of around 500—the school was set to lose its accreditation for the upcoming school year. Like Newbury, Southern Vermont was a founding member of the NECC in 2008 and a Division III member since 1994. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), just 18 miles to the south across the state line, will facilitate transfers of current students to finish their degrees. MCLA is a Division III school participating in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

• FYI: Green Mountain College, which left Division III and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) a year ago to return to the NAIA, has also shut down after 185 years due to financial problems.

OUT OF HERE – THREE SCHOOLS MOVE TO THE LAND OF ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS

• After nine seasons as a member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), Frostburg State University has left Division III for Division II, entering their first year of provisional membership this fall. The Bobcats have joined the Mountain East Conference (MEC) starting the season. Their men’s soccer team never won a CAC title, but the women were conference champions in 2012 and 2014. Frostburg State was a charter member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in 1997 before moving to the CAC after the 2019/10 school year.

Thomas More University has left Division III for the NAIA where it begins play in the Mid-South Conference this season. Thomas More was a member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 prior to NCAA Division III membership. The Saints played out their last year in Division III as a member of the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA), having parted ways with the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) in 2018 after 13 years. Both men’s and women’s soccer teams were ACAA champions. Previously in the PAC, the Saints claimed six straight men’s soccer titles from 2009 to 2014 and another one in 2017, their final season in the conference. The women had even more success, winning seven consecutive PAC championships from 2011 to 2017 to go with their championship in their debut PAC season in 2005.

The College of Staten Island begins Division II provisional membership this fall in their transition from Division III. The Dolphins have joined the East Coast Conference (ECC) where they will begin play in the 2020/21 school year. Staten Island will play one final season in CUNYAC, but will not be eligible for the CUNYAC or NCAA Division III championships. The move makes Staten Island only the second Division II school in New York City and just the second public Division II school in the state of New York. Staten Island was one of the original members of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) which was formed in 1978. The men’s soccer team has gone the last 20 years without winning the CUNYAC championship while the women’s team has claimed 10 of the last 15 conference titles, including the last four.

• FYI: University of Texas at Tyler, which played one final season in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) in 2018/19 during the first year of their transition to Division II, begins play in Division II’s Lone Star Conference this fall.


WELCOME TO THE CLUB – ONE NEW DIVISION III MEMBER

The process to become a full active Division III member involves a year of Exploratory Membership as a prerequisite to applying to join the division and, if accepted, four years of Provisional Membership (or Reclassifying Membership if transitioning from another NCAA division). When successfully completed, a school becomes a full active Division III member, and their athletic teams and athletes gain eligibility to participate in NCAA championships. Just one school completed the process last school year.

• Former NAIA member Belhaven University has been approved for full, active NCAA Division III membership following completion of their fourth and final year of provisional membership during the 2018/19 school year. The Blazers enter their fifth season of play in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) this fall and for the first time will be eligible for the conference championship and the NCAA tournament. Belhaven is a two-time NAIA men’s soccer champion (1992, 2012) and, having declared for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) championship during their transition, reached its national semifinal in 2015. Belhaven becomes the second Division III school from the state of Mississippi, joining Millsaps College (Mississippi College was a Division III member for 16 years from 1997-98 through 2012/13).

ONE FOOT IN THE DOOR – DIVISION III PROVISIONAL / RECLASSIFYING UPDATES

• Three schools have been granted a waiver to bypass year three of provisional or reclassifying membership and advance to the fourth and final year of the transitional process. Dean College, previously a junior college, has been participating in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) as it progresses through the provisional membership process. Brevard College and Pfeiffer University, former Division II schools, have been members of the USA South Athletic Conference and playing Division III schedules since the start of their reclassification two years ago. Despite playing full conference schedules, these three schools are not eligible for their conference tournaments. However, games against these schools do count as “in-division” games and factor into their opponents’ Division III statistics and Strength of Schedule that are used as primary criteria for ranking and NCAA tournament selection. These schools are now set to become active Division III members for the 2020/21 school year and gain eligibility for conference and NCAA tournament participation.

• Two schools have been approved to advance to year two of their transition to Division III. Johnson & Wales University - Denver is transitioning to Division III from the NAIA while the State University of New York at Delhi, one of SUNY’s technology colleges, has been a junior college. Both schools have already secured conference affiliation within Division III, with JWU-Denver beginning play in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) last year and SUNY Delhi joining the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) this fall after a year participating in the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA). Johnson & Wales will play full conference schedules, but their games will not count toward conference standings and they are ineligible for the SCAC tournament. SUNY Delhi, on the other hand, is eligible to compete for NAC championships during provisional membership. For opponents, games against these schools do not count as Division III games. These schools are on course to achieve full Division III membership status—and national championship eligibility—for the 2022/23 school year.

• All three schools that completed their exploratory membership year in 2018/19 have applied for Division III membership and have been granted entry into year one of the four-year provisional membership process. Mississippi University for Women, known as “The W”, is an independent school with membership in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Despite its name, The W has been co-educational since 1982, but males still make up less than 20% of the student body. The Owls athletics program was revived in 2017 after a 14-year hiatus: men’s soccer was among the six sports that “debuted” in 2017/18 with women’s soccer beginning play last year. Pratt Institute enters their second season in the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) this fall after fourteen years as a founding member of the multi-division Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC). Pratt won the NAIA men’s championship in 1959, edging Elizabethtown College 4-3 in double overtime. University of St. Thomas – Houston (no connection to long-time Division III member St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota) has left the NAIA and joins the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) starting this season where they will play a full conference schedule, but their games will not count toward conference standings. Pratt and St. Thomas are not eligible for their conference tournaments. These three schools are not considered Division III opponents until they reach year three of provisional membership. Assuming no delays (or acceleration), these schools would achieve full Division III membership status for the 2023/24 school year.

TESTING THE DIVISION III WATERS – EXPLORATORY MEMBERSHIP

• Two schools* have been granted entrance into a year of Exploratory Membership, a precursor to applying for full active Division III membership: Bob Jones University and Warren Wilson College. Upon satisfactory completion of the exploratory year and continued desire to pursue full membership, the institutions would begin the four-year provisional membership process in 2020/21. Assuming no delays, these schools would become active Division III members for the 2024/25 school year. Bob Jones currently competes in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) of which they were national champions in 2016. The Greenville, South Carolina institution had originally been scheduled for exploratory membership last year. Warren Wilson, located in the Swannanoa Valley in North Carolina, is a Division II member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and, after years without a conference home, enters year two of the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference that they helped form. (* - Lindenwood University – Belleville had also been accepted for Exploratory Membership, but shortly thereafter terminated their under-graduate programs.)


CONFERENCE MUSICAL CHAIRS – THE MUSIC PLAYS ON

• The Empire 8 conference loses Stevens Institute of Technology which has joined the MAC Freedom conference starting this year. Stevens participated in the Empire 8 for 12 years, but it was always an odd match geographically given the density of Division III schools in the Mid-Atlantic. Their closest opponent was over a 3-hour drive away until the addition of The Sage Colleges two years ago, whereas, in the MAC Freedom, Stevens’ longest conference road trip (2 1/2 hours to Misericordia University) will match their shortest in the Empire 8. Stevens dominated Empire 8 men’s soccer from arrival to departure, finishing first in ten of twelve regular seasons and claiming the championship in 11 of 12 seasons. Their conference winning percentage, including playoffs, was .918 without a single tournament loss (three ties). Stevens’ women’s team didn’t start as a dominant as the men but finished doing a pretty good imitation. The Lady Ducks claimed the last four championships and six total. The Empire 8 drops to seven members this year, but just as they replaced the departed Rochester Institute of Technology and Ithaca College with Houghton College and The Sage Colleges in recent years, the conference will be back at eight members next year with the addition of Keuka College.

• The MAC Freedom conference welcomes (back) Stevens Institute of Technology while saying goodbye to Manhattanville College which returns to the Skyline Conference after 12 years in the Freedom. With the offsetting changes, the conference continues to have eight members, all fielding men’s and women’s soccer teams. Manhattanville women’s soccer had a good start in the Freedom conference, winning the championship in 2007, their debut season, and again in 2010 with a runner-up finish sandwiched in between. The men’s team only reached one conference tournament final, finishing runner-up in 2009. Stevens, which joins after 12 years in the Empire 8 conference, was a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) at least as early as the 1946/47 school year—records prior to that are incomplete—and is sometimes listed as an original 1922 member of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) as it was initially named. Stevens participated in the MAC through the mid '70s when the school moved to the Independent Athletic Conference (IAC) for two decades before an eight-year stint in the Skyline Conference.

• The Skyline Conference matches its peak size of 12 members in 2016 with the return of charter member Manhattanville College. Manhattanville is the second founding member to leave and return: Merchant Marine left in 2007 to help form the Landmark Conference at the same time Manhattanville left for the MAC Freedom conference. Merchant Marine returned after nine years to push the conference to 12 members and, after the departure of The Sage Colleges, Manhattanville’s return after 12 years brings membership to a dozen again. For soccer, the Skyline has 12 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams.

• Impacted a year ago by the creation of the American East Conference (AEC), the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) loses two schools for a second straight year with Frostburg State University leaving for Division II and Penn State Harrisburg going back to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) where they came from six years ago. This reduces the conference to six men’s and women’s teams for this season: one less than needed to be eligible for an automatic NCAA tournament berth. However, a conference gets a two-year grace period to get back to the required seven teams before losing their automatic berth, but that challenge will grow with next year’s defection of York College to the MAC Commonwealth Conference. The CAC is in need of two new members to join in time for the 2021/22 school year to avoid losing their automatic berths and becoming part of the at-large Pool B for tournament selections.

• A year after losing Bryn Athyn College and Wilson College to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) sees the College of Saint Elizabeth depart for the CSAC as well. However, this year’s loss is offset by the return of former NEAC member Penn State Harrisburg after six years in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). Saint Elizabeth had spent ten years in the NEAC (2009/10 through 2018/19). Penn State Harrisburg originally joined the then 3-year old NEAC for the 2010/11 school term when it was still just a provisional Division III member and stayed for six years, making the conference playoffs each year and reaching the title game twice. The NEAC continues to have twelve men’s and women’s soccer teams this school year, but that will drop with Keuka College’s departure for the Empire 8 Conference next year.

• The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) welcomes the College of Saint Elizabeth, the third school to move from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) to the CSAC in two years (Bryn Athyn College and Wilson College joining last year). These additions partially offset the loss of five schools, all charter members, to the American East Conference (AEC) last year. With Saint Elizabeth, the conference has eight men’s and ten women’s soccer teams and maintains their automatic berths to the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments.

• The revolving door continues for the third-year American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) which was formed to provide a home for independent schools across the country and the opportunity for its teams and student-athletes to receive awards and compete for conference championships. The geographically disparate conference is down to six men’s and seven women’s soccer teams for the 2019 season. Founding members Alfred State–SUNY College of Technology and State University of New York at Delhi leave after two years for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and North Atlantic Conference (NAC), respectively, while Thomas More University’s stay was always intended to be just a single year on the way to the NAIA. On the other side of the ledger, the University of California, Santa Cruz is the newest full member while the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater joins as an associated member for men’s soccer only. The ACAA, which has end-of-season tournaments but no regular season, is unlikely to ever reach and maintain the requisite seven eligible women’s and men’s teams to gain automatic NCAA berths as the University of Valley Forge is already scheduled to leave for the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) next year and Pratt Institute, as a first-year provisional member, is four years away from achieving full Division III membership. Not counting Valley Forge, there are only four eligible men’s teams and five eligible women’s teams in the fold and very few remaining independent schools to try to recruit.

• With the addition of Alfred State–SUNY College of Technology, the make-up of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) changes for the first time in ten years. The AMCC has had a steady ten members—all with men’s and women’s soccer teams—since the departure of Frostburg State University following the 2009/10 school year. The boost to eleven members will be short-lived as Franciscan University will move to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference next offseason. Alfred State achieved full, active Division III membership status one year ago and competed in the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) as a founding member the past two years.

• The North Atlantic Conference (NAC), which lost four and gained two members last year, welcomes State University of New York at Delhi into the fold. With the addition, NAC membership grows to nine schools, all with men’s and women’s soccer teams. SUNY Delhi and SUNY Canton who joined a year ago are geographical outliers in a conference with five schools located in Maine and two in northern Vermont. In the early years of the conference in the late '90s, the NAC primarily consisted of schools in Massachusetts, but after schools further north in New England were added in the early 2000’s most of the Massachusetts schools left to join the NECC or other conferences. SUNY-Delhi, a former junior college, is in year two of the transition to full Division III membership and therefore is not eligible for the NCAA tournament, but the NAC will allow SUNY Delhi to compete for conference championships.

• Two years after Daniel Webster College went bankrupt, the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) has had two more schools close their doors for financial reasons: Newbury College and Southern Vermont College. That makes four members lost in the past three years, all charter members of the conference that began operations in 2008. However, the addition of Dean College and New England College in the past two years has allowed the NECC to meet the required number of teams for automatic NCAA tournament berths in men’s and women’s soccer with eight and nine teams, respectively. Newbury men’s soccer went out on top winning the program’s first NECC title. Neither Newbury’s women’s team nor Southern Vermont’s men’s and women’s soccer teams were ever conference champions in the NECC.

• Despite the College of Staten Island revoking its Division III membership to transition to Division II, the Dolphins will continue to compete in The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) for one last school year before beginning play in the East Coast Conference (ECC). Thus, the CUNYAC will continue to compete with nine men’s and seven women’s soccer teams this fall, but next year those numbers drop to eight and six, respectively, the latter being below the required seven teams to be eligible for an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. However, the CUNYAC will have a two-year grace period to reach seven women’s soccer teams before the automatic berth is taken away. Staten Island was one of the ten original members of the CUNYAC back in 1978 and just the third to leave (and Brooklyn College, which left, returned). The Staten Island women’s soccer team has claimed 10 of the last 15 conference titles, including the last four; the men’s team has not been nearly as successful without a single title in the last 20 years.

• After spending one last year in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) during the first year of reclassification to Division II, Texas-Tyler has now departed for Division II’s Lone Star Conference. As a result, the ASC consists of 12 schools, all with men’s and women’s soccer teams. And with Belhaven University having completed the 4-year provisional membership process, all schools are full, active Division III members and eligible for both the conference championship and the NCAA Tournament.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: SAME OLD SAME OLD . . . ALMOST

• The seven charter members of the second-year Atlantic East Conference (AEC) will spend another year in Pool B for selection purposes as the AEC awaits their automatic berth starting in 2020. Pool B has shrunk, however, with Alfred State joining a conference with an automatic berth, Thomas More moving to the NAIA, and New Rochelle closing its doors. That means there will be 14 men’s and 16 women’s teams in Pool B this season fighting for the lone men’s and women’s Pool B at-large tournament berths.

• The size of the men’s championship field will remain 62 teams for a third season in a row. With 42 men’s conferences having been granted automatic qualification for the fifth consecutive year, the allocations for the 2019 men’s championship are anticipated to be as follows: Pool A automatic berths (AQ)—42, Pool B at-large berths—1, Pool C at-large berths—19.

• For nine years now, the women’s championship field is at the limit of 64 teams. For a fourth straight season, 43 women’s conferences have been granted automatic berths to the tournament. Berths to the 2019 women’s championship are anticipated to be allocated as follows: Pool A automatic berths (AQ)—43, Pool B at-large berths—1, Pool C at-large berths—20.

• The men’s and women’s soccer committees reiterated their preference for day games during the first two weekends of the NCAA tournament and will maintain the requirement that regional and sectional games be played earlier in the day. Evening games will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis. A scheduling conflict, especially with another sports team who shares the soccer field, is one of the few acceptable reasons to consider allowing evening games. This change was implemented for the 2018 season, but is being included because we failed to mention it last year.


Now, looking ahead to future seasons . . .

ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLICY CHANGES IN THE WORKS

• There has been an on-going project to develop regional alignment alternatives with the most recent effort looking at 10-region models. The Division III Championships Committee’s latest proposed 10-region alignment was non-sport specific and based on (1) numerical balance, (2) geographic proximity, and (3) keeping conferences members in the same region. However, the individual sports committees raised significant concerns about the alignment’s impact on competitive balance which the proposed model intentionally did not take into account. So the Championship Committee is looking for more input from the sports committees to develop 10- and 8-region models for each sport that retain the original three guiding principles while also accounting for competitive equity.

• Policy is being drafted to require conference members to compete against conference opponents in order to earn the conference’s automatic berth. The initial working group recommendation called for teams to schedule regular season contests against at least 70% of their conference members that sponsor a given sport to be eligible to earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA championship. The Championships Committee supports the notion of establishing a percentage threshold for automatic qualification but wasn’t prepared to formally endorse what that threshold should be and asked that data be provided on the current percentage of conference opponents that members play in order to determine an appropriate benchmark. Note that this would not directly impact a conference's eligibility to receive an automatic berth, but rather which members can be awarded that berth. Even a more moderate threshold like 50% would prevent a conference from awarding an automatic berth on the basis of just an end-of-season tournament, and that eliminates some, but not all, the motivation for a geographically-dispersed conference to be formed. Any new policy would likely only be implemented starting with the 2021/22 school year.

• Three changes to the preseason practice parameters have been proposed for soccer and field hockey. The three changes are related but independent of each other, i.e. they are not necessarily an all-or-nothing package deal. They are as follows:
(1) Increase the permissible preseason practice period by three days.
(2) Require a three-day acclimization period at the start of each team’s preseason practice period during which only one practice session of not more than three hours and a one-hour walk-through session are permitted each day with at least three hours between the two activities.
(3) Limit the daily athletic-related activity after the acclimization period to two practice sessions of not more than six combined hours with at least three hours between the two sessions.

• West region conferences have voiced concern that their schools are paired in the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships more often than schools from conferences in the other regions. The Championship Committee is recommending a two-year pilot program in which conference opponents would be guaranteed not to meet in the first round. The pilot program would require a temporary waiver of the NCAA Bylaw covering bracketing criteria.

• The Division III men’s soccer committee has shown interest in adding two additional ranking and at-large selection criteria: (1) a performance indicator and (2) results versus teams with a winning percentage above .500. The committee believes this additional information would help them make more defensible rankings and selections and make it easier for people to see and understand the rationale.

UPCOMING CONFERENCE AFFILIATION CHANGES

• The America East Conference (AEC) gains automatic berth in 2020/21, meaning less Pool B teams and one fewer Pool C at-large berth.

• Next year Cazenovia College moves from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).

• For the 2020/21 school year, Dean College will join the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).

• Suffolk University will leave the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) after this year to join the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

• Keuka College leaves the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) for the Empire 8 conference ahead of the 2020/21 term.

• The University of Valley Forge is set to move from the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) next year.

• The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) will dwindle even more as York College (Pa.) departs for the MAC Commonwealth conference next year. With this addition, the Commonwealth and Freedom conferences of the MAC will re-align so that each conference has nine teams. Eastern will switch from the Freedom to the Commonwealth while Lycoming and Arcadia move in the opposite direction.

• Current Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) member Franciscan University of Steubenville has been accepted as the newest Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) member, beginning play in 2020/21.

• Two years from now, St. Norbert College will begin competition in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), ending its membership in the Midwest Conference (MWC).

• The University of St. Thomas’ membership in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) will involuntarily end following the 2020/2021 school year. The founding member of the conference was voted out with athletic competitive parity cited as the primary concern.

 


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Christan Shirk is a Messiah College graduate (1993, Civil Engineering) and has been a keen and passionate observer of D-III soccer for over a decade and a half. Never more than a rec-league player himself, Chris brings an analytical approach and nationwide perspective to D3soccer.com. He loves D-III soccer history, statistical number-crunching, and off-the-radar action, all of which he gladly shares with his readers when he's able to find time to write. [see full bio]

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