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
  • 19
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 10
Region West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio
Headquarters Bridgeport, West Virginia
Commissioner Reid Amos (since 2012)
Website 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]

Mountain East Conference
Location of MEC members: Cyan pog.svg current, Blue pog.svg future, and Black pog.svg departing

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] 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 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]

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
Fairmont State University Fairmont, West Virginia 1865 4,600 Falcons           2013
Glenville State College Glenville, West Virginia 1872 2,000 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 2,500 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 Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 1,600 Cardinals           2013
Notes

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining
Davis & Elkins College Elkins, West Virginia 1904 810 Senators           2019[9]
Frostburg State University Frostburg, Maryland 1898 5,215 Bobcats           2019

On July 5, 2018, the Mountain East Conference announced that Frostburg State University has accepted an offer of membership beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. Full membership will be contingent upon Frostburg State achieving active membership status in NCAA Division II.[10] On August 30, 2018, the MEC announced two additional new members effective in 2019–20. Davis & Elkins College will become a full member, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will join in five sports. UNC Pembroke will initially begin 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.[11]

Future associate member[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Primary Conference MEC Sports Joining
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)[11]

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.[12] The MEC will add men's and women's indoor track & field and wrestling to its sports roster in 2019–20.[11]

A divisional format is used for baseball and softball.
North
  • Fairmont State
  • Notre Dame
  • Shepherd
  • Urbana
  • West Liberty
  • Wheeling Jesuit
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 Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY


Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
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 Green tickY 7
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 8
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 Green tickY 7
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 Green tickY 9
Wheeling Jesuit Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY [a] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 12 12 10 11 12 8 4 8 7 84
Future Members
Davis & Elkins 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 8
  1. ^ Wheeling Jesuit will add football in 2019.[13]

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
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 Green tickY 9
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 Green tickY Green tickY 8
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 9
Shepherd Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Urbana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Virginia–Wise Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
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 Green tickY Green tickY 10
Wheeling Jesuit Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 12 11 11 7 9 12 4 8 7 12 93
Future Members
Davis & Elkins Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Frostburg State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

Future members Davis & Elkins and Frostburg State in gray.

School Men Women
Lacrosse Track
& Field
Indoor[a]
Volleyball[b] Wrestling[a] Acrobatics
& Tumbling[c]
Field Hockey Rowing Track
& Field
Indoor[a]
Charleston IND EIVA IND IND
Concord IND IND
Davis & Elkins G-MAC G-MAC IND G-MAC
Frostburg State CAC CAC CAC CAC
Notre Dame IND IND IND
Urbana IND IND
West Liberty IND IND IND
West Virginia Wesleyan IND IND
Wheeling Jesuit G-MAC IND IND IND
  1. ^ a b c To become an official Mountain East sport in 2019–20.
  2. ^ Division I sport.
  3. ^ Although gymnastics is an NCAA sport, acrobatics & tumbling fall outside the scope of NCAA competition.

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". The University of Virginia's College at Wise. 
  8. ^ "Shepherd likely headed to new conference - News, Sports, Jobs - Journal News". www.journal-news.net. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "Frostburg State Set To Join Mountain East Conference" (Press release). Bridgeport, West Virginia: Mountain East Conference. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Great Midwest, Mountain East Form 2018 Conference Championship Event" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. September 14, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Wheeling Jesuit University to Launch Football Program" (Press release). Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 

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