Mountain East Conference

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Mountain East Conference
(MEC)
Mountain East Conference logo
Established 2012
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
Region West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio
Headquarters Bridgeport, West Virginia
Commissioner Reid Amos (since 2012)
Website http://www.mountaineast.org
Locations
Mountain East Conference locations

The Mountain East Conference (MEC) is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level and officially began competition on September 1, 2013. It consists of 12 schools, mostly in West Virginia with other charter members in Ohio and Virginia.

Formation[edit]

The conference is an offshoot of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), another Division II conference that had operated primarily in West Virginia since 1924. In June 2012, the nine football-playing schools in that conference announced plans to break away and form a new all-sports conference. The schools that made the initial announcement were the University of Charleston, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.[1] All of these schools were in West Virginia, except for Seton Hill, located in Pennsylvania. According to regional media, the split was "supposedly rooted in different philosophies of progressivism",[2] and also was partially driven by a desire to expand the new conference's footprint outside West Virginia.[3] The divisions in the WVIAC were also rooted in the split between public and private schools, although the departing schools included institutions of both types.[4]

At the time of the original announcement, the nine schools planned to expand to at least 12 members.[2] Before the official launch of the conference on August 20, 2012,[5] the MEC sought to add the WVIAC's other Pennsylvania member, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; however, both Seton Hill and Pittsburgh–Johnstown chose to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.[3] The MEC filled out its charter membership with another West Virginia school, Wheeling Jesuit University; two Ohio schools, Notre Dame College and Urbana University; and the University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVa–Wise), located in Southwest Virginia.[5] Wheeling Jesuit was a WVIAC member that had been left out of the original WVIAC split.[3] Urbana and UVa–Wise were members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2012–13, while Notre Dame was a Division II independent that had housed five of its 22 sports in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[5] UVa–Wise, which had previously been turned down for WVIAC membership,[3] is transitioning from the NAIA and will not officially become an active D-II member until 2015-16 based on its continued successful progress through the NCAA Membership Process; all of the other charter members were already full D-II members.[5]

At its launch, the MEC had 11 football members, with Wheeling Jesuit being the only non-football school.[3] On February 15, 2013, the NCAA accepted the MEC as its 25th D2 conference.[6] MEC teams will not be eligible for automatic bids to NCAA Division II championships until the 2015–16 school year, but remain eligible for at-large bids.[6]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Charleston Charleston, West Virginia 1888 1,350 Golden Eagles           2013
Concord University Athens, West Virginia 1872 2,850 Mountain Lions
&
Lady Lions
          2013
Fairmont State University Fairmont, West Virginia 1865 4,600 Falcons           2013
Glenville State College Glenville, West Virginia 1872 2,000 Pioneers
&
Lady Pioneers
          2013
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1922 2,200 Falcons           2013
Shepherd University Shepherdstown, West Virginia 1871 4,400 Rams           2013
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 1,500 Blue Knights           2013
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 2,000 Highland Cavaliers           2013
West Liberty University West Liberty, West Virginia 1837 2,900 Hilltoppers
&
Lady Toppers
          2013
West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia 1891 3,100 Yellow Jackets           2013
West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, West Virginia 1890 1,452 Bobcats
&
Lady Bobcats
          2013
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 1,600 Cardinals           2013
  • Provisional member in red.

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports[edit]

According to the official announcement, the MEC sponsors the following sports:[3]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
MEC
Sports
Charleston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Concord Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Fairmont State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Glenville State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Notre Dame Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Shepherd Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Urbana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Virginia-Wise Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
West Liberty Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
West Virginia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
West Virginia Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Wheeling Jesuit Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 12 12 10 11 12 7 8 7 79

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
MEC
Sports
Charleston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Concord Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Fairmont State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Glenville State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Notre Dame Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Shepherd Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Urbana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Virginia-Wise Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
West Liberty Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
West Virginia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
West Virginia Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Wheeling Jesuit Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 12 11 10 8 12 8 7 12 80

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women
Lacrosse Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Volleyball Water
Polo
Wrestling Lacrosse Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Track
& Field
Indoor
Water
Polo
Charleston IND IND
Concord IND IND
Fairmont State BMC BMC
Notre Dame ASC IND CWPA IND IND ASC IND CWPA
Shepherd IND
Urbana ASC GLIAC ASC
West Liberty IND IND IND
West Virginia Wesleyan BMC IND IND BMC IND
Wheeling Jesuit ECAC ASC IND IND GLIAC ASC IND
  • – D-I sport
  • ASC – Appalachian Swimming Conference
  • BMC – Bluegrass Mountain Conference

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Break Up For WVIAC". Charleston, WV: West Virginia Metro News. June 19, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Stevens, Rich (June 25, 2012). "More than meets eye in breakup of WVIAC". Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV). p. 1. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Stevens, Rich (June 25, 2012). "More than meets eye in breakup of WVIAC". Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV). p. 2. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "UVa–Wise Accepts Charter Membership in Mountain East Conference". Hazard, KY: WYMT-TV. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "NCAA Adds Mountain East Conference As Newest DIvision II League" (Press release). Mountain East Conference. February 15, 2013. 

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