Beginning with the 2015-16 season, the Montclair State University
football team will have some new competition.
The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC)
announced on March 3 that Christopher Newport University, Frostburg State
University, Salisbury University and Wesley College will become associate
football members of the NJAC beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. In
addition, Southern Virginia University, which will become an affiliate football
member of the NJAC in the fall of 2014, will also be elevated to an associate
football member in 2015-16.
“The quality of the programs coming
in will no doubt make the NJAC one of the most competitive leagues in Division
III,” says Rick Giancola, head coach of the Red Hawks football team. “We have
always had a strong tradition of outstanding football in the NJAC throughout
the years and that will certainly continue with the additions of these four
institutions as well as Southern Virginia University, which will make its NJAC
debut this fall.”
The new institutions are members of
the Capital Athletic Conference but their football programs will be affiliated
with the NJAC.
“We are excited about the NJAC – Capital
football alliance,” says Holly Gera, director of Athletics at Montclair State.
“With five core football members, the NJAC has been proactive in seeking
affiliate and associate members to continue to provide a quality competitive
experience for our football student athletes.”
The additions to the NJAC in
2015-16 will increase the league’s football membership to 10 institutions,
including the core, full-conference members Montclair State University, Kean
University, Rowan University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson
University. The conference will also feature five associate football members in
Christopher Newport University, Frostburg State University, Salisbury
University, Southern Virginia University, and Wesley College.
“The Capital Conference brings schools with great athletic and academic traditions that will be an excellent match with our NJAC institutions,” Gera says. “We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership in the years to come.”
Read the press release at njacsports.com.