Mountain East Conference

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Mountain East Conference
MEC
Mountain East Conference logo
Established2012
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members12
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 11
RegionWest Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio
HeadquartersBridgeport, West Virginia
CommissionerReid Amos (since 2012)
Websitewww.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 members in Maryland and Ohio.

Formation and history[edit]

Mountain East Conference
Location of MEC members: Cyan pog.svg current

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, today known as Wheeling 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] was transitioning from the NAIA and did not officially become an active D-II member until 2015-16; all of the other charter members were already full D-II members.[5]

At its launch, the MEC had 11 football members, with Wheeling (then known as Wheeling Jesuit) being the only non-football school.[3] On February 15, 2013, the NCAA accepted the MEC as its 25th D2 conference.[6] The 2015–16 school year was the first in which MEC teams were eligible for automatic bids to NCAA Division II championships; before then, they were eligible only for at-large bids.[6]

The most recent changes to the conference membership were all announced in 2018. First, UVA–Wise and the South Atlantic Conference jointly announced on April 13 that UVA–Wise would leave the MEC to join the SAC for 2019–20 and beyond.[7] Next, Shepherd and the PSAC jointly announced on June 7 that Shepherd would join the PSAC in 2019, becoming that league's first full member outside of Pennsylvania.[8] The MEC would replace both members in the ensuing months. On July 5, the Mountain East Conference announced that Frostburg State University had accepted an offer of membership beginning with the 2019–20 academic year, contingent upon Frostburg State achieving active membership status in NCAA Division II (which would occur on the announced schedule).[9] Finally, on August 30, the MEC announced two additional new members effective in 2019–20. Davis & Elkins College would become a full member, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke would join in five sports. UNC Pembroke begins MEC competition in men's and women's indoor track & field, women's swimming & diving, and wrestling in 2019, with football to follow in 2020.[10]

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           2013
Davis & Elkins College Elkins, West Virginia 1904 810 Senators           2019[11]
Fairmont State University Fairmont, West Virginia 1865 4,600 Falcons           2013
Frostburg State University Frostburg, Maryland 1898 5,215 Bobcats           2019
Glenville State College Glenville, West Virginia 1872 2,000 Pioneers           2013
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio 1922 2,200 Falcons           2013
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 1850 1,500 Blue Knights           2013
West Liberty University West Liberty, West Virginia 1837 2,500 Hilltoppers           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           2013
Wheeling University Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 1,600 Cardinals           2013
  • Reclassifying member in yellow.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Left Current
Conference
Shepherd University Shepherdstown, West Virginia 1871 4,400 Rams           2013 2019 PSAC[12]
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 2,000 Cavaliers           2013 2019 SAC[13]

Associate member[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Primary Conference MEC Sports Joined
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, North Carolina 1887 5,827 Braves           Peach Belt Football
Indoor track & field (M&W)
Swimming & diving (W)
Wrestling
2019 (other sports)
2020 (football)[10]

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

The MEC sponsored 16 sports in all, eight each for men and women, at its formation.[3] Women's lacrosse became the 17th conference sport for the 2014–15 school year (2015 season). Men's and women's swimming and diving were added as the 18th and 19th conference sports for 2017–18, with the MEC and Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) forming a swimming and diving alliance that conducts a joint conference championship meet.[14] The MEC added men's and women's indoor track & field and wrestling to its sports roster in 2019–20.[10]

A divisional format is used for baseball and softball.
North
  • Fairmont State
  • Notre Dame
  • Shepherd
  • Urbana
  • West Liberty
  • Wheeling
South
  • Charleston
  • Concord
  • Glenville State
  • Virginia–Wise
  • West Virginia State
  • West Virginia Wesleyan
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
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


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
MEC
Sports
Charleston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Concord Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Davis & Elkins Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Fairmont State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Frostburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
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 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Urbana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
West Liberty Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
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 Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wheeling Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 12 12 12 11 12 9 6 8 8 9 5 103
Associate Member
UNC Pembroke [a] Green tickY Green tickY 2
  1. ^ Football joins the MEC in 2020.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
MEC
Sports
Charleston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Concord Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Davis & Elkins Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Fairmont State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Frostburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
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 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Urbana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
West Liberty Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
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 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Wheeling Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 12 12 10 7 10 12 6 8 8 9 11 105
Associate Member
UNC Pembroke Green tickY Green tickY 2

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women
Lacrosse Volleyball[a] Acrobatics
& Tumbling[b]
Field Hockey Rowing
Charleston EIVA IND
Davis & Elkins G-MAC IND
Frostburg State ECC IND
Urbana IND
Wheeling G-MAC
  1. ^ Division I sport.
  2. ^ Although gymnastics is an NCAA sport, acrobatics & tumbling currently fall outside the scope of NCAA competition. An NCAA committee has recommended the addition of this discipline to the Emerging Sports for Women program in 2020–21.

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. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. 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.
  7. ^ "UVa-Wise to Join South Atlantic Conference in 2019-20" (Press release). UVA–Wise Cavaliers. April 13, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Shepherd University to Join PSAC in 2019–20" (Press release). Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Frostburg State Set To Join Mountain East Conference" (Press release). Bridgeport, West Virginia: Mountain East Conference. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Davis & Elkins To Join MEC; UNC Pembroke To Be Associate Member" (Press release). Bridgeport, West Virginia: Mountain East Conference. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Mountain East Conference to welcome Davis & Elkins as full member, UNC Pembroke as associate member". Charleston Gazette-Mail. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Shepherd likely headed to new conference - News, Sports, Jobs - Journal News". www.journal-news.net.
  13. ^ "UVa-Wise to Join South Atlantic Conference in 2019-20". The University of Virginia's College at Wise.
  14. ^ "Great Midwest, Mountain East Form 2018 Conference Championship Event" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. September 14, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2018.

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