Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Expands
Seton Hill University to Join PSAC in 2013-2014
August 21, 2012
Author: Kary Coleman Hazen
Seton Hill and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown join PSAC.
The University will play its first full conference regular season schedule with the PSAC in 2013-2014.
“As Seton Hill continues to grow and build for the future, the time is right to move to the competitive environment of the PSAC,” said Chris Snyder, executive director of Athletics. “Given their long history of success on a regional and national level, this opportunity presents Seton Hill with great challenges and opportunities, which we are excited to embrace. We look forward to building competitive rivalries with our new partners.”
“We are honored to be invited to join the PSAC. The Conference offers a solid platform to strengthen our athletic program,” said JoAnne Boyle, president. “We know Seton Hill students will contribute positively to the Conference and continue to excel in the classroom and on the athletic field.”
The 18 schools participating in the PSAC have student body profiles that align with Seton Hill’s. The Conference places a strong emphasis on the preparation of the student-athlete to be a good citizen, leader and contributor in the community.
“The move to the PSAC will best suit Seton Hill and its students going forward,” said Snyder. “Travel time will be enormously reduced for athletes. Typical five-six hour trips will be reduced to three-four hour trips.”
Seton Hill will complete its competition schedule with the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) in 2012-2013. “We appreciate the six-year history we have enjoyed with the WVIAC and expects to miss the relationships we have developed,” said Snyder.
Founded in 1951, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) consists of 16 full-time institutions and two associate members. All of the league’s full-time members are located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The league has also grown to share the distinctions as the “largest conference in Division II.” Highly competitive on a regional and national level, the PSAC schools annually combine to send nearly one-third of its teams into National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) post-season play. The membership’s success has yielded 45 NCAA teams and 254 individual title winners. The PSAC also has evolved into one of the Division II’s finest from an academic standpoint. Over one-third of PSAC's estimated 6,300 participants are honored each year as “Scholar-Athletes” for maintaining a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.