NJAC Football to Expand to 10 Teams

Five new institutions to become associate NJAC football members by 2015-16 season

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.