AMC Ups Membership To 21 Schools
CEDARVILLE, Ohio (AP) _ The American Mideast Conference, already the largest conference in the NAIA with 16 schools, is adding five members who will begin competition in 2001-2002.
Carlow College of Pennsylvania, Ursuline College in Ohio and three New York colleges _ Daemen, Houghton and Roberts Wesleyan _ announced Monday they are joining the league.
Dr. John H. White, president of Geneva College and chair of the AMC’s executive board, said the expansion allows the conference to go to divisional play, limits extensive travel for member schools and permits the three New York schools to remain in the NAIA instead of being forced into NCAA Division II.
The AMC will divide into two or three geographical divisions within each sport. Schools will primarily play against other AMC institutions within their division.
The existing AMC members include Ohio schools Cedarville, Central State, Malone, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Notre Dame, Ohio Dominican, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, Tiffin, Urbana, Walsh and Wilberforce, along with Geneva, Point Park, Saint Vincent and Seton Hill, all in Pennsylvania.
Carlow, Notre Dame of Ohio, Seton Hill and Ursuline compete in women’s athletics only.
The 21 women’s and 17 men’s programs will compete for AMC championships in 14 sports.
In addition, the league announced it will become an NAIA Division II conference in basketball this fall. Central State and Wilberforce intend to remain in Division I and will play an AMC schedule until becoming independents in 2001-2002. The two schools will continue to compete in all other AMC championship sports in which they sponsor programs.