ABU Excited to Play New Conference Members
GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has officially announced the addition of five new member institutions on Monday.
Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University, University of Findlay and Walsh University, will be added to the G-MAC after previously competing as members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The announcement, made Monday by the Conference, follows membership news in May that featured Malone University joining the league effective for the 2016-17 academic year.
Alderson Broaddus University officials commented that ABU is excited to have these like-minded institutions join the conference, as they provide the G-MAC a strong and promising future.
“When we joined the G-MAC in 2012, we were confident that the conference was set up to grow, becoming a prominent and competitive NCAA Division II conference,” said ABU athletic director Dennis Creehan. “With the addition of six new member institutions, the G-MAC has delivered on the potential and promise we saw three years ago. The Battlers wish to welcome these schools to our elite conference, and we are forward to competing against them.”
Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican, and Walsh, will begin competition in the league during the 2017-18 academic year.
“The Great Midwest Athletic Conference is pleased to welcome five new members to the league who will significantly assist in the growth and prosperity of the G-MAC in NCAA Division II,” said G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger. “Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican and Walsh, embrace similar ideologies to those of current G-MAC members and are a tremendous fit. They also share the desire of seeking excellence in academics, athletics and in the personal development of student-athletes.”
“It is evident that the commonalities among these institutions, the league’s most recent addition Malone and current league members, will be the cornerstone of a strong, collaborative Midwest regional affiliation,” he added. “These institutions have illustrated a desire to support each other not only in athletic endeavors, but with opportunities in all aspects of institutional development.”
The conference will consist of eight member institutions in 2015-16.
Malone will join Alderson Broaddus University, Cedarville University, Davis & Elkins College, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Ohio Valley University, Trevecca Nazarene University and Ursuline College, for eight total members in 2016-17.
The remaining institutions are targeting the 2017-18 academic year for their first year in the league: Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican and Walsh, for a total of at least 13 member institutions.
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, the G-MAC officially completed its third year as a conference, second year as an active conference recognized by the NCAA in Division II. The Conference remains committed to growing and developing in Division II.
The addition of six schools will affect all Battler sports currently competing in the G-MAC, as well as football and women’s lacrosse.
All six new members of the G-MAC sponsor NCAA football and will bring the league total to eight along with AB and Kenutcky Wesleyan. The Battlers will begin playing a full football schedule in the 2017-18 season.
Women’s lacrosse currently has two members sponsoring the sport in 2014-15 in AB and Ursuline. Davis & Elkins and Ohio Valley are expected to sponsor women’s lacrosse in 2015-16. In the six new member schools, Findlay, Lake Erie and Walsh will bring the women’s lacrosse total to seven.