The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown athletics program took a giant leap forward today as we accepted an invitation to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Pitt-Johnstown will begin competition in the PSAC during the 2013-2014 athletic season. Seton Hill University also accepted an invitation to join the PSAC today, bringing the PSAC’s total membership to 18 schools.
The PSAC is the largest one-state conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with all of its full-time members located within Pennsylvania. It is also the largest conference in NCAA Division II.
We are delighted to have been invited and to accept the invitation to join the PSAC and its many fine member schools across the Commonwealth. We look forward to the opportunities that this move will create for our outstanding student-athletes to compete against teams that are also well known in our region. I can already see the spirited competition that will develop with our neighbors including IUP, Clarion, Lock Haven, and California. We look forward to welcoming many new visitors to our region and our campus, and showcasing our first-class athletic and academic facilities.
Our move to the PSAC marks an exciting new chapter for our strong athletics program, which is built upon a rich legacy of athletics excellence that started more than 60 years ago. We are excited for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete in one of the most respected conferences in the country. We came to play!
Pitt-Johnstown Director of Athletics and Head Wrestling Coach Pat Pecora commented, “In today’s collegiate athletics, proper conference alignment is critical. Our move to join the PSAC is a huge step in the progression of Pitt-Johnstown athletics.”
Pitt-Johnstown joined the 15-member West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) in 2007. 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.
We are grateful to the WVIAC for welcoming us into their conference and are proud to have been members for the past five years. We are looking forward to another season of play as a WVIAC member.
A special frequently asked questions portion has been added to the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Department web page. The FAQ can be viewed at: www.pitt-Johnstown.pitt.edu/PSAC_FAQ.
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