[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

Dec. 13, 2005


Catholic University Joining Newly Formed Athletic Conference
Universities from Four Mid-Atlantic States and District of Columbia to Compete


The presidents of eight colleges and universities today announced the formation of a new NCAA Division III athletics conference.  The Catholic University of America is one of the founding members of the new conference, which will compete in all sports other than football.  The conference, yet to be named, will begin competition in the fall of 2007.


Other institutions forming the conference include Drew University, Madison, N.J.; Goucher College, Baltimore, Md.; Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa.; Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa.; Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, King’s Point, N.Y.


In a joint statement, presidents of the above institutions outlined the purpose and character of the new conference: “In forming an affiliation with this new conference, we have affirmed a shared focus on institutional excellence that emphasizes our academic mission and a belief that athletics competition is an important component of the undergraduate experience.”


CUA’s president, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., expressed enthusiasm for the new initiative.  “The formation of this new athletic conference will provide our athletes and their coaches with the opportunity to enjoy conference play in an area where many alumni and potential students currently live,” O’Connell said. “We feel privileged to join the other seven schools in this exciting new venture.” 


CUA Athletic Director Michael Allen echoed O’Connell’s remarks.


“This new athletic conference will bring together eight institutions that are very similar in terms of academic mission, cost and athletic philosophy,” Allen said. “The fact that we will now have several conference games each year throughout greater New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania areas will be a great resource in terms of expanding our recruiting efforts and allowing CUA alumni throughout the region to stay connected to our athletic programs.” 


In addition to athletics competition, members of the new conference will explore ways to develop and expand curricular and co-curricular relationships among their institutions.


Presidents of the eight member institutions indicated that work had begun on a full range of organizational activities related to the formation of a new conference, including the articulation of conference philosophy, drafting and adoption of governing by-laws, petition for NCAA recognition, staffing and organization of conference offices and establishment of operating and financial procedures.


Teams from the eight colleges and universities will continue to participate in their current conferences through spring 2007.


“We are grateful for the many years of competition and camaraderie that the Capital Athletic Conference has provided for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators,” Allen said, of CUA’s current conference affiliation. “We wish all of the institutions in the CAC the best of luck in their future endeavors.”


MEDIA: For more information or to request an interview with CUA Athletic Director

            Michael Allen, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the CUA Office of Public

Affairs at: 202-319-5600.






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