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 Pennsylvania
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. 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 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]

Role in Division I conference realignment[edit]

The PSAC played a little-known but nonetheless significant role in the history of NCAA Division I conference realignment. In 1986, the conference was seeking a way out of a football scheduling conundrum. The PSAC had 14 members at the time, and had been split into divisions for decades. One of the methods it historically used to determine a football champion involved a championship game between the winners of its two divisions. However, due to NCAA limits on regular-season games, every PSAC team had to leave a schedule spot open, with only the two division winners getting to play all of their allowed regular-season games. Then-conference commissioner Tod Eberle asked Dick Yoder, then athletic director at West Chester and member of the Division II council, to draft NCAA legislation that would allow the PSAC to play a conference title game that would be exempt from regular-season limits. The initial draft required that a qualifying league have 14 members and play a round-robin schedule within each division; only the PSAC then qualified.[8]

Before Yoder formally introduced the proposal, he was approached by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which was interested in co-sponsoring the legislation because it was also split into football divisions and wanted the option of a championship game. Since the CIAA then had 12 members, Yoder changed the legislation to require 12 members instead of 14. The proposal passed with little notice; it was generally seen as a non-issue by Division I-A (now FBS) schools since no conference in that group then had more than 10 members. While the PSAC planned to stage its first exempt title game in 1988, it decided against doing so at that time because the D-II playoffs expanded from 8 to 16 teams that season, and it feared that the result of a title game could cost the league a playoff berth. The new NCAA rule would not see its first use until the Southeastern Conference took advantage of it by expanding to 12 members in 1991 and launching a title game the following year. In 2014, Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples said that the rule "helped dictate the terms of conference realignment for more than 20 years."[8]

Member schools[edit]

A divisional format is used for baseball, basketball (M / W), football, softball, tennis (W), and volleyball.

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
  • Pittsburgh–Johnstown — volleyball is a member of the east division.
  • 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]

In wrestling; Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, and Lock Haven compete as members of the Division I Eastern Wrestling League. The PSAC holds an annual championship open to all Division I and Division II teams. The PSAC offers championships in the following sports.[9]

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

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 Field
Hockey
Gymnastics Ice
Hockey
Rowing Water
Polo
Bloomsburg EWL
Cheyney
Clarion EWL
Edinboro EWL
Gannon CWPA WWPA
Kutztown ECC
Lock Haven EWL A-10
Mercyhurst AHA ECAC CWPA CHA IND WWPA
Seton Hill ECAC
West Chester ECAC
  • — D-I sport
  • Cheyney — Bowling did not compete in 2015–16.

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 George P. Miller Stadium
6,000
Ed Fry Arena
5,000
Dougherty Field
Podbielski Field
Memorial Field House
South Campus Field
Kutztown University Field at Andre Reed Stadium
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
Pittsburgh-Johnstown
non-football school
Sports Center
2,400
Point Stadium (baseball)
Seton Hill Offutt Field
5,000
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]

Vivian Stringer
Kurt Angle

Basketball[edit]

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. Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  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. ^ a b Staples, Andy (May 16, 2014). "Should NCAA alter title game requirements? Look at the rule's origin". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference". Retrieved September 22, 2009. 

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