LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference embarks on a new era today as it welcomes The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Seton Hill University as full-time members. Already boasting the most members of any Division II conference, the addition elevates the PSAC to the largest conference among all NCAA classifications.
Following unanimous consent by the PSAC Board of Directors, Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown officially accepted invitations to join the league on August 21, 2012. Both schools had been members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the past seven years.
“Adding Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown will undoubtedly bolster the PSAC’s reputation on a regional and national scale,” said PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray. The conference coaches, student-athletes and administration continue to raise the bar of competiveness each year, and I’m convinced our league will develop even further with the addition of these two exceptional institutions.”
The first PSAC contest for each school will take place with women’s soccer matches on September 5. Seton Hill travels to Clarion University while Pitt-Johnstown will be at Indiana (Pa.) University.
The addition of the two schools, which are located approximately 50 miles apart from each other in the southwestern part of the state, elevates the conference to 18 members all located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sharing the title with the Northeast 10 Conference, the PSAC is also Division II’s largest in terms of championship sponsorship with 23. Seton Hill currently fields 19 of the conference’s championship sports, while Pitt-Johnstown supports 12.
This marks just the second time in the 61-year history of the PSAC that the conference has expanded its full-time membership. Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Gannon, IUP, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Mercyhurst, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities have been members since the league was formed in 1951. Gannon University and Mercyhurst University joined the 14 charter members when the PSAC initially expanded in 2008-09. Prior to 2008, the only variation to the membership came in the mid-1980s when West Chester explored a move to Division I.
Sport Alignments with the addition of SHU & UPJ
East: Millersville, Bloomsburg, Shippensburg, Kutztown, Mansfield, West Chester, East Stroudsburg, Lock Haven
West: Clarion, Seton Hill, Gannon, Slippery Rock, California, IUP, Mercyhurst, Pitt-Johnstown
East: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, West Chester
West: California, Clarion, Edinboro, Gannon, IUP, Mercyhurst, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, Pitt-Johnstown
Non-Divisional: Mercyhurst, Slippery Rock, IUP, Seton Hill, Mansfield, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, West Chester, Millersville, Shippensburg
East: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Millersville, Lock Haven, Shippensburg, West Chester
West: California, Clarion, Edinboro, Gannon, IUP, Seton Hill, Mercyhurst, Slippery Rock
Non-Divisional: Gannon, Mercyhurst, Edinboro, Slippery Rock, IUP, Seton Hill, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, West Chester, Millersville, Shippensburg
Non-Divisional: Gannon, Mercyhurst, West Chester, Seton Hill, Pitt-Johnstown, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, California, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven
Non-Divisional: Gannon, Mercyhurst, West Chester, Seton Hill, Pitt-Johnstown, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, California, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Kutztown, Mansfield, Clarion, IUP, Edinboro
East: Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Mansfield, Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg, West Chester, Millersville
West: Edinboro, Mercyhurst, California, Gannon, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, IUP, Clarion
East: Kutztown, West Chester, Millersville, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Shippensburg, Cheyney
West: California, IUP, Mercyhurst, Slippery Rock, Seton Hill, Edinboro, Clarion
East: West Chester, Cheyney, Lock Haven, Pitt-Johnstown, Shippensburg, Millersville, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown
West: Clarion, IUP, Mercyhurst, Gannon, California, Seton Hill, Edinboro, Slippery Rock
Seton Hill will also compete in: M&W Cross Country, M&W Track & Field, Wrestling, Women’s Golf
Pitt-Johnstown will also compete in: M&W Golf, Women’s Cross Country, Wrestling, Women’s Track & Field
About the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. With approximately 3,000 students, the University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a “Top 100 Organization” for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
About Seton Hill University
A coeducational Catholic university located in Greensburg, Pa., Seton Hill embraces students of all faiths and offers more than 80 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs, an Adult Degree Program and many advanced certifications. Seton Hill also sponsors 21 intercollegiate athletic programs. Seton Hill, founded in 1885 and coeducational since 2002, offers students the benefit of a long history of educational excellence in the liberal arts. As a national leader in incorporating mobile technologies into teaching and learning, Seton Hill also supplies graduates with the skills they need to adapt to whatever careers they choose – even those that have yet to be created.