DANBURY, Conn. – Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that The College of New Rochelle, Le Moyne College, Limestone College and Newberry College have all been accepted as full members of the ECAC. All four institutions will be eligible for ECAC Championships, awards, officiating services and other benefits effective immediately. The ECAC is comprised of more than 300 institutions competing at the Divisions I, II, and III levels.
“We are thrilled to welcome The College of New Rochelle, Le Moyne College, Limestone College, and Newberry College to the ECAC,” said McGinniss. “All four institutions have showed great focus and dedication to their student-athletes and athletics programs. We are looking forward to serving them as they continue to enhance the experience of their student-athletes.”
The College of New Rochelle, located in New Rochelle, N.Y., competes in NCAA Division III. The Blue Angels compete in six women’s sports: basketball, softball, swimming, tennis, cross country, and volleyball.
“We are extremely excited about joining a conference as prestigious and historic as the ECAC,” said Harold Crocker, Director of Athletics at The College of New Rochelle. “Membership in the ECAC is an important step during this transformative strategic phase for our Department of Athletics, and provides extensive benefits to all of the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators at the College.”
Le Moyne College is located in Syracuse, N.Y. and joins the ECAC at the NCAA Division II level. Le Moyne, home of 21 sports, becomes the eighth member of the Northeast-10 Conference to also join the ECAC. The Dolphins have won four men’s lacrosse NCAA Division II National Championships since 2004, including most recently in 2013. The 2014-15 campaign will mark the inaugural season for the Le Moyne men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs.
"Our decision to join the ECAC was spirited in some way by our belief in the renewed vision of commissioner Dr. Kevin McGinniss and the tremendous leadership that is represented on the Board of Directors," said Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett. "Over the past few years the ECAC has re-established itself as an organization that will broadly serve the needs of our institution, athletic department and our student-athletes. As proud members of the Northeast-10 Conference, our affiliation with the ECAC will better position us to further promote our institutional brand throughout the region."
Limestone College, located in Gaffney, S.C., also joins the ECAC competing at the NCAA Division II level. Limestone is the second largest Division II program in the country with 25 sports. The Saints’ men’s lacrosse team has won three NCAA Division II National Championships since 2000.
“This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Limestone Athletics as a whole, but particularly for our student-athletes,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino. “The ECAC is a top-tier organization and will afford our student-athletes the opportunity for even more positive exposure through awards and postseason tournaments.”
Newberry College, home of 17 NCAA Division II teams, is located in Newberry, S.C. Newberry joins Limestone as the first two schools from South Carolina. The Wolves compete in the South Atlantic Conference.
“We are very excited to join the ECAC,” Newberry College athletic director Matt Finley said. “This additional membership opportunity will give Newberry College increased visibility along the Eastern seaboard and provide a multitude of publicity opportunities for student-athletes in our 17 NCAA sports.”
About the ECAC
In the 75 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2014-15 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.