The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference will be adding Alfred State as its 11th member, effective with the 2019-20 academic year.
“We congratulate the Pioneers on their successful completion of the NCAA Division III membership process, and we are pleased that they have accepted our invitation to join the AMCC,” announced Commissioner Donna Ledwin. “It cements an established relationship with Alfred State, as they have already proven themselves to be solid citizens of the conference as affiliate members in the sports of swimming and diving, men’s lacrosse and baseball.”
The Pioneers fit into the northern footprint of the AMCC, whose other full members include Pitt-Bradford, Penn State-Behrend, Hilbert, Medaille, D’Youville, Penn State Altoona, Mount Aloysius, Pitt-Greensburg, La Roche, and Franciscan. The AMCC is one of just a few conferences that has a mix of public and private schools
“Alfred State College is excited to be joining the AMCC,” stated Alfred State president Skip Sullivan. “We have so many special relationships with the conference colleges and over the years have developed numerous healthy rivalries. Our student-athletes will benefit from membership in the AMCC. I certainly share their excitement.”
The AMCC sponsors competition in 17 sports; the Pioneers will participate in 12 of them.
ASC athletic director Jason Doviak was equally enthused. “I would like to thank Commissioner Ledwin, the AMCC directors of athletics, and the AMCC presidents and chancellors for their support throughout this process,” he said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes and coaches to compete against like institutions on a regular basis. We will now have the ability to stabilize our team travel to provide our student-athletes a true Division III experience including a regular season conference schedule which we have lacked since we made our decision to join the NCAA. The AMCC is a perfect fit for Alfred State and we look forward to competing against and working with the other conference members.”
The AMCC was founded in 1997 and recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The conference prides itself on promoting and balancing the ideals of scholarship, sportsmanship and service as members strive to compete at the highest levels of NCAA Division III.
Alfred State, a long-time member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, began the process of becoming a member of the NCAA in 2013. The Pioneers have competed against NCAA Division III opponents including all members of the AMCC during the last five years and is currently a member of the American Collegiate Athletic Association.