HAMDEN, Conn. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents revealed with unanimous approval for Quinnipiac University to join the MAAC. Effective as of July 1, 2013, Quinnipiac is officially a member of the MAAC with competition slated for the 2013-14 academic year.
Current MAAC membership includes Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s College and Siena College. Quinnipiac previously played in the MAAC Hockey league from 1998 until the 2005-06 when it joined ECAC Hockey, which it will remain a member of for men’s and women’s ice hockey.
“In evaluating potential new member schools, the MAAC membership has sought to maintain a brand the stresses excellence in academics and athletics and Quinnipiac University fully meets that criteria,” notes Richard J. Ensor, Esq., Commissioner of the MAAC. “The MAAC will be a great home for the Quinnipiac athletic program and the conference looks forward to the start of their participation with the start of the 2013-14 academic year.”
"This is a historic day for Quinnipiac Athletics!" said director of athletics and recreation Jack McDonald. "We will be forever grateful to the Northeast Conference, and even more grateful to the MAAC for our invitation to join. We look forward to being a very good member of the MAAC this coming year and beyond."
About The MAAC: The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions in 2012: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. Pattison Sports Group is the league's marketing consultant and has the exclusive sales rights to the MAAC. For more on the conference please visit, www.maacsports.com.
About Quinnipiac University: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational university with 6,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate student. Through its schools of Business and Engineering, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, Nursing and Law, and the College of Arts and Sciences, Quinnipiac offers more than 70 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Quinnipiac enrolls 8,500 undergraduates, graduate and law students. Its School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Further, its School of Business is accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The University consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue and recently was ranked first in the category of universities that have made the most promising and innovative changes in academic, faculty, campus or facilities.
WHAT QUINNIPIAC COACHES ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MAAC
Tom Moore, Men’s Basketball Head Coach:
"On behalf of the Quinnipiac men's basketball program, we are extremely excited to be joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The league is filled with storied programs that have a long history of great rivalries and post-season success. We will be forever grateful to the Northeast Conference for the opportunity they provided us. It is difficult to leave the NEC during such an exciting time of the conference's growth."
Tricia Fabbri, Women’s Basketball Head Coach:
“We are grateful to the Northeast Conference for many great years of competition – we would not be where we are now without our 14 years of membership with the NEC. I am very much looking forward to joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which has great athletic traditions and an outstanding academic reputation.”
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT QUINNIPIAC
Dr. Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., President of Saint Peter's University and the MAAC Council of Presidents:
“The Bobcats of Quinnipiac bring a strong athletics tradition to the MAAC. I look forward to seeing them build upon this heritage within our conference. The University's academic prowess is well known, as well. They are a perfect fit for a conference like the MAAC which has always emphasized the ‘student’ portion of the term ‘student-athlete."
Mike Trangese, Former Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference:
"Quinnipiac's academic and athletic growth has been noticed by everyone and I think they would be a perfect fit for the MAAC. Their leadership, academic reputation and facilities are top notch. Congratulations to President Lahey, Athletic Director Jack McDonald and MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor."