CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today the addition of Hood College and five other institutions to the Conference.
“We’re excited to be a member of the ECAC,” said Hood College Director of Athletics Tom Dickman. “It will give our student-athletes another opportunity to progress to postseason play and to earn awards.”
Hood will be eligible for baseball, golf, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, field hockey, softball, men’s and women’s track & field, and women’s volleyball championships.
Additionally, Hood's student-athletes will eligible to receive weekly and postseason awards from the ECAC.
Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, Marymount University, Arcadia, Alfred State University and SUNY-Maritime College have also been granted membership by the ECAC Board of Directors. All six new members will be eligible for all ECAC postseason play and awards effective immediately. With the addition, the ECAC now has 311 member institutions competing in NCAA Divisions I, II and III.
The Blazers and the Arcadia are the 12th and 13th members of the Middle Atlantic Conference to become part of the ECAC, joining Albright College, Alvernia University, Delaware Valley College, DeSales University, Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham, Lebanon Valley College, Manhattanville College, Misericordia University, Stevenson University, Widener University and Wilkes University.
The ECAC provides the opportunity for a championship experience by conducting high-level championship tournaments and events. The conference enhances the student-athlete experience by administering nearly 100 preseason and postseason events in 32 men's and women's sports for over 120,000 student-athletes each year. The conference also publicizes the achievements of its member institutions' student-athletes through weekly and postseason awards. Annually, the media relations bureau recognizes more than 2,500 student-athletes. The ECAC publishes the weekly Lambert Football Poll, administers weekly honors, yearly All-Stars and other information highlighting member institutions' student-athletes, coaches and fans.