WHAT IS THE PENNSYLVAINIA STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (PSAC)?
The PSAC is the largest one-state conference in the NCAA, with all of its full members located within Pennsylvania. The PSAC is also the largest conference in NCAA Division II. With Pitt-Johnstown and Seton Hill University joining the conference, the PSAC will now have 18 full-time members.
WHO ARE THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE PSAC?
Bloomsburg University, California University (PA), Cheyney University, Clarion University, East Stroudsburg University, Edinboro University, Gannon University, IUP, Kutztown University, Lock Haven University, Mansfield University, Mercyhurst College, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, and West Chester University.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PSAC?
Check out the PSAC website at www.psacsports.org
WHEN WILL PITT-JOHNSTOWN BEGIN COMPETING IN THE PSAC?
Pitt-Johnstown athletic teams will begin competing for PSAC championships in 2013-14.
HOW MANY VARSITY SPORTS WILL PITT-JOHNSTOWN HAVE IN THE PSAC?
WOMEN-basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, volleyball
MEN-baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, wrestling
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PITT-JOHNSTOWN JOINING THE PSAC
In addition to the opportunity for our student-athletes to compete in one of the nation’s most respected conferences (the largest in NCAA Division II), membership in the PSAC will create increased enthusiasm for sporting events through the regional rivalries that will be created. This will translate not only into increased visitors to our campus, but to our community as fans from member schools will eat in local restaurants and support merchants in our area. Membership will extend the footprint (or, in the case of the Mountain Cats, the paw print) of Pitt-Johnstown athletics programs across the Commonwealth.
WHEN WAS THE PSAC ESTABLISHED?
The PSAC was established in 1951 to promote men's athletics. It has evolved into one of the most heralded collegiate athletic conferences in the country. In 1977, the league reorganized to provide a structure for its women's programs. Three years later, the league voted to reclassify the entire conference to NCAA Division II.
HOW COMPETITIVE ARE THE TEAMS IN THE PSAC?
PSAC schools annually combine to send nearly one-third of its teams into NCAA postseason play. The membership's success has yielded 45 NCAA team and 254 individual title winners.
WHAT IS THE PSAC'S ACADEMIC STANDPOINT?
The PSAC has evolved into one of Division II's finest from an academic standpoint. Over one-third of the PSAC's estimated 6,300 participants are honored each year as "Scholar-Athletes" for maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or better...a total that has tripled since PSAC Scholar-Athletes were first recognized in the mid-1990s.
WHAT CONFERENCE IS PITT-JOHNSTOWN CURRENTLY A MEMBER?
Since 2007, Pitt-Johnstown has been a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC).
WHY IS PITT-JOHNSTOWN LEAVING THE WVIAC
In June of this year, nine football-playing members of the WVIAC announced they would be leaving the league to form their own conference. This created an opportunity for Pitt-Johnstown to pursue other conference options.