Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

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Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
(PSAC)
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference logo
Established 1951
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 18 full members
Sports fielded 23 (men's: 11; women's: 12)
Region Northeastern United States
Headquarters Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Commissioner Steve Murray (since 1998)
Website psacsports.org
Locations
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference locations

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) is a collegiate athletic conference that participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. The conference is currently composed of 18 full-time members within Pennsylvania. The conference headquarters are located in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and staffed by a commissioner, two assistant commissioners, and a director of media relations.

History[edit]

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education organized the conference in 1951 to promote competition in men's sports amongst the system's 14 universities. In 1977, following growing interest, the conference was expanded to offer competition in women's sports. Then in 1980, in order to promote increased competition, the entire conference was reclassified as Division II within the NCAA.[1]

Membership remained unchanged until the conference announced on June 18, 2007, that it had invited three private universities—Gannon University and Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and C.W. Post of Brookville, New York—to join the conference.[2] Gannon and Mercyhurst left the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to join the PSAC, effective July 1, 2008.[3] C.W. Post became an associate member for football and field hockey.[4]

In 2010, Seton Hill University was accepted to join the conference as an associate member for field hockey. With the additional transition of West Chester's program from Division I to Division II, the number of teams competing in field hockey increased from 10 to 12 for the 2011 season.[5]

On August 19, 2012, the PSAC announced that Seton Hill and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, formerly members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), would become full members beginning with the 2013–14 school year. This announcement was fallout from a split in the WVIAC that ultimately led to the formation of the Mountain East Conference (MEC). Although Seton Hill was one of the schools that initially broke away from the WVIAC, it chose not to join the MEC.[6] The arrival of these two schools brought the PSAC to 18 full members, making it the largest NCAA all-sports conference in terms of membership.[7]

Member schools[edit]

Schools are divided into two divisions for football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball and women's volleyball. Softball had been divided into three divisions; however, softball will compete in two divisions beginning with the 2014 season.

Current members[edit]

Institution Location
(Pennsylvania)
Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
East Division
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg 1839 9,512 Huskies           1951
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Cheyney 1837 1,488 Wolves           1951
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg 1893 7,576 Warriors           1951
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown 1866 10,634 Golden Bears           1951
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven 1870 5,329 Bald Eagles           1951
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield 1857 3,569 Mountaineers           1951
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville 1855 8,427 Marauders           1951
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg 1871 8,253 Red Raiders           1951
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester 1871 14,211 Golden Rams           1951
West Division
California University of Pennsylvania California 1852 9,017 Vulcans           1951
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion 1867 7,346 Golden Eagles           1951
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro 1857 8,286 Fighting Scots           1951
Gannon University Erie 1925 4,238 Golden Knights           2008
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana 1875 14,638 Crimson Hawks           1951
Mercyhurst University Erie 1926 3,217 Lakers           2008
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Johnstown 1927 3,032 Mountain Cats           2013
Seton Hill University Greensburg 1883 2,014 Griffins           2013
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock 1889 8,648 The Rock           1951
  • Seton Hill — field hockey was an affiliate member from 2011–2013.

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Long Island University–Post Brookville
(New York)
1954 Pioneers 2008 2013 field hockey;
football
East Coast

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

From its inception, each conference member selected its own competitive division within the NCAA (I, II, or III). In 1980, however, the presidents voted to reclassify the entire conference to Division II. The PSAC offers championships in the following sports:[8]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Field Hockey Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY
Wrestling Green tickY

Although all institutions are members of NCAA Division II, some have elected to compete at the Division I level in select sports. Lock Haven elects to compete in field hockey at the Division I level as an associate member of the Atlantic 10 Conference since 2010. The team previously competed in Division I as a member of the Northeast Conference from 2004 to 2009, winning four consecutive championships in each year eligible for post-season competition.[9] In wrestling, Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, and Lock Haven compete as members of the Division I Eastern Wrestling League. The PSAC also holds an annual championship open to all Division I and Division II teams.

Some member schools field NCAA teams in sports not offered by the PSAC. Kutztown competes as an affiliate for women's bowling in the Division I Northeast Conference. Mercyhurst competes in NCAA women's rowing, is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for men's lacrosse, College Hockey America for women's ice hockey, Atlantic Hockey for men's ice hockey. West Chester competes in the ECAC for women's gymnastics.

Divisions[edit]

Field hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's tennis, and women's lacrosse do not use a divisional format. Men's and women's basketball are the only sports with full member participation, with two divisions for nine teams each. Football consists of two, eight-team divisions.

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Wrestling Total
PSAC
Sports
Bloomsburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
California Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Cheyney Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Clarion Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
East Stroudsburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Edinboro Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Gannon Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Indiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Kutztown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Lock Haven Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Mansfield Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Mercyhurst Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Millersville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Pittsburgh-Johnstown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Seton Hill Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Shippensburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Slippery Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
West Chester Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Totals 16 18 16 16 8 12 7 6 13 14 8 134

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
PSAC
Sports
Bloomsburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
California Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Cheyney Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Clarion Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
East Stroudsburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Edinboro Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Gannon Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Indiana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Kutztown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Lock Haven Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Mansfield Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Mercyhurst Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Millersville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Pittsburgh-Johnstown Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Seton Hill Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Shippensburg Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Slippery Rock Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
West Chester Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 12
Totals 18 18 11 9 13 17 17 13 14 16 16 16 178

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women
Ice
Hockey
Lacrosse Water
Polo
Wrestling Bowling Equestrian Field
Hockey
Gymnastics Ice
Hockey
Rowing Water
Polo
Bloomsburg EWL
California IHSA
Cheyney IND
Clarion EWL IHSA
East Stroudsburg IHSA
Edinboro EWL IHSA
Gannon CWPA CWPA
Indiana IHSA
Kutztown NEC IHSA
Lock Haven EWL A-10
Mercyhurst AHA ECAC CWPA IHSA CHA IND CWPA
Seton Hill ECAC IHSA
Slippery Rock IHSA
West Chester IHSA ECAC
  • – D-I sport

Conference venues[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Other facilities
Bloomsburg Robert B. Redman Stadium 4,775 Nelson Fieldhouse 3,000 Jan Hutchinson Field
Danny Litwhiler Field
Sports Stadium
California Hepner-Bailey Field at Adamson Stadium 6,500 California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center 6,000 Consol Energy Park
Phillipsburg Soccer Facility
Lilley Field
Hamer Hall
Cheyney O’Shields-Stevenson Stadium 5,000 Cope Hall 1,500
Clarion Memorial Field 5,000 W.S. Tippin Gymnasium 4,000
East Stroudsburg Eiler-Martin Stadium 6,000 Koehler Fieldhouse 2,000 Whitenight Field
Mitterling Field
Zimbar Field
Edinboro Sox Harrison Stadium 6,000 McComb Fieldhouse 3,500 Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome
Gannon Gannon University Field 2,500 Hammermill Center 2,800
Indiana (IUP) George P. Miller Stadium 6,000 Ed Fry Arena 5,000 Dougherty Field
Podbielski Field
Memorial Field House
South Campus Field
Kutztown University Field 5,600 Keystone Field House 3,400 O'Pake Field House
Keystone Field
North Campus Field
Lock Haven Hubert Jack Stadium 3,500 Thomas Fieldhouse 2,500 Foundation Field
Lawrence Field
Charlotte Smith Field
Zimmerli Gymnasium
Mansfield non-football school Decker Gymnasium 2,000 Lutes Field
Spaulding Field
Shaute Field
Soccer Field
Mercyhurst Louis J. Tullio Field 2,300 Mercyhurst Athletic Center 1,800 Mercyhurst Ice Center
Mercyhurst Softball Field
Millersville Biemesderfer Stadium 6,500 Pucillo Gymnasium 2,850 Cooper Park
Millersville Softball Field
Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ) non-football school Sports Center Point Stadium (baseball)
Seton Hill Offutt Field Salvitti Gymnasium 1,200 Dick's Sporting Goods Field
Shippensburg Seth Grove Stadium 7,700 Heiges Field House 2,768 Robb Sports Complex
Robb Field
David See Field
Slippery Rock N. Kerr Thompson Stadium 10,000 Morrow Field House 3,000 Egli Soccer Field
Critchfield Park
West Chester John A. Farrell Stadium 7,500 Hollinger Field House 2,500 Vonnie Gros Field
Serpico Stadium

Notable alumni[edit]

The following is a list of alumni of the respective universities, including before the formation of the Conference in 1951.

Football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Vivian Stringer
Kurt Angle

Soccer[edit]

Olympians[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PSAC Overview". PSAC. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "PSAC invites, Gannon, Mercyhurst to be full members". The Vindicator. June 19, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "PSAC adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". PSAC. June 27, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "PSAC admits C.W. Post as associate members in two sports". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. June 28, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://psacsports.org/news/2010/10/26/FHOCK_1026104026.aspx
  6. ^ Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University to Join PSAC" (Press release). Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference". Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ "A-10 Extends Affiliate Membership to Lock Haven University" (Press release). Atlantic 10 Conference. December 16, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 

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