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Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
DivisionDivision II
Members18 full members
Sports fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
RegionNortheastern United States
HeadquartersLock Haven, Pennsylvania
CommissionerSteve Murray (since 1998)

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) is a college athletic conference that participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The conference is currently composed of 16 full-time members within Pennsylvania and two associate members, one in Pennsylvania and the other in New York. In 2013, the Pennsylvania associate will become a full member, along with another school from that state. The conference headquarters are located in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and staffed by a commissioner, two assistant commissioners, and a director of media relations.


The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education organized the conference in 1951 to promote competition in men's sports amongst the system's 14 universities. In 1977, following growing interest, the conference was expanded to offer competition in women's sports. Then in 1980, in order to promote increased competition, the entire conference was reclassified as Division II within the NCAA.[1]

Membership remained unchanged until the conference announced on June 18, 2007, that it had invited three private universities—Gannon University and Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and C.W. Post of Brookville, New York—to join the conference.[2] Gannon and Mercyhurst left the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to join the PSAC, effective July 1, 2008.[3] C.W. Post became an associate member for football and field hockey.[4]

In 2010, Seton Hill University was accepted to join the conference as an associate member for field hockey. With the additional transition of West Chester's program from Division I to Division II, the number of teams competing in field hockey increased from 10 to 12 for the 2011 season.[5]

On August 19, 2012, the PSAC announced that Seton Hill and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, formerly members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, would become full members beginning with the 2013–14 school year. This announcement was fallout from a split in the WVIAC that ultimately led to the formation of the Mountain East Conference (MEC). Although Seton Hill was one of the schools that initially broke away from the WVIAC, it chose not to join the MEC.[6] The arrival of these two schools will bring the PSAC to 18 full members; barring any further changes, it will become the largest NCAA conference in terms of membership.[7]

Member schools

Schools are divided into two regions for football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, field hockey, and women's volleyball. Softball is divided into three regions; however, softball will compete in two divisions beginning with the 2014 season.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname Colors Football?
East Division
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 1839 Public (PASSHE) 9,512 1951 Huskies Maroon & Gold Yes
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Cheyney, Pennsylvania 1837 Public (PASSHE) 1,488 1951 Wolves Blue & White Yes
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 1893 Public (PASSHE) 7,576 1951 Warriors Red & Black Yes
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 Public (PASSHE) 10,634 1951 Golden Bears Maroon & Gold Yes
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1870 Public (PASSHE) 5,329 1951 Bald Eagles Crimson & White Yes
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, Pennsylvania 1857 Public (PASSHE) 3,569 1951 Mountaineers Red & Black No
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, Pennsylvania 1855 Public (PASSHE) 8,427 1951 Marauders Black & Gold Yes
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 1871 Public (PASSHE) 8,253 1951 Red Raiders Red & Blue Yes
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania 1871 Public (PASSHE) 14,211 1951 Golden Rams Purple & Gold Yes
West Division
California University of Pennsylvania California, Pennsylvania 1852 Public (PASSHE) 9,017 1951 Vulcans Red & Black Yes
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, Pennsylvania 1867 Public (PASSHE) 7,346 1951 Golden Eagles Blue & Gold Yes
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, Pennsylvania 1857 Public (PASSHE) 8,286 1951 Fighting Scots Red & White Yes
Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania 1925 Private (Catholic) 4,238 2008 Golden Knights Maroon & Gold Yes
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania 1875 Public (PASSHE) 14,638 1951 Crimson Hawks Crimson & Gray Yes
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Private (Sisters of Mercy) 3,217 2008 Lakers Green & Blue Yes
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1927 Public (State-related) 3,032 2013 Mountain Cats Blue & Gold No
Seton Hill University Greensburg, Pennsylvania 1883 Private (Sisters of Charity) 2,014 2013 Griffins Crimson & Gold Yes
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 1889 Public (PASSHE) 8,648 1951 The Rock Green & White Yes

Membership timeline

University of Pittsburgh at JohnstownSeton Hill UniversityLong Island University C.W. Post CampusMercyhurst UniversityGannon UniversityWest Chester University of PennsylvaniaSlippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaShippensburg University of PennsylvaniaMillersville University of PennsylvaniaMansfield University of PennsylvaniaLock Haven University of PennsylvaniaKutztown University of PennsylvaniaIndiana University of PennsylvaniaEdinboro University of PennsylvaniaEast Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaClarion University of PennsylvaniaCheyney University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaBloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


From its inception, each conference member selected its own competitive division within the NCAA (I, II, or III). In 1980, however, the presidents voted to reclassify the entire conference to Division II. The PSAC offers championships for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, indoor (winter) and outdoor (spring) track and field, and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.[8]

Although all institutions are members of NCAA Division II, some have elected to compete at the Division I level in select sports. Lock Haven elects to compete in field hockey at the Division I level as an associate member of the Atlantic 10 Conference since 2010. The team previously competed in Division I as a member of the Northeast Conference from 2004 to 2009, winning four consecutive championships in each year eligible for post-season competition.[9] In wrestling, Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, and Lock Haven compete as members of the Division I Eastern Wrestling League. The PSAC also holds an annual championship open to all Division I and Division II teams.

Some member schools field NCAA teams in sports not offered by the PSAC. Kutztown competes as an affiliate for women's bowling in the Division I Northeast Conference. Mercyhurst competes in NCAA women's rowing, is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for men's lacrosse, College Hockey America for women's ice hockey, Atlantic Hockey for men's ice hockey. West Chester competes in the ECAC for women's gymnastics.


Field hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's tennis, and women's lacrosse do not use a divisional format. Men's and women's basketball are the only sports with full member participation, with two divisions for nine teams each. Football consists of two, eight-team divisions.

Conference venues

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Other facilities
Bloomsburg Robert B. Redman Stadium 4,775 Nelson Fieldhouse 3,000 Jan Hutchinson Field
Danny Litwhiler Field
Sports Stadium
California Hepner-Bailey Field at Adamson Stadium 6,500 California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center 6,000 Consol Energy Park
Phillipsburg Soccer Facility
Lilley Field
Cheyney O’Shields-Stevenson Stadium 5,000 Cope Hall 1,500
Clarion Memorial Field 5,000 W.S. Tippin Gymnasium 4,000
East Stroudsburg Eiler-Martin Stadium 6,000 Koehler Fieldhouse 2,000 Whitenight Field
Mitterling Field
Zimbar Field
Edinboro Sox Harrison Stadium 6,000 McComb Fieldhouse 3,500 Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome
Gannon Gannon University Field 2,500 Hammermill Center 2,800
Indiana (IUP) George P. Miller Stadium 6,000 Ed Fry Arena 5,000 Dougherty Field
Podbielski Field
Memorial Field House
South Campus Field
Kutztown University Field 5,600 Keystone Field House 3,400 O'Pake Field House
Keystone Field
North Campus Field
Lock Haven Hubert Jack Stadium 3,500 Thomas Fieldhouse 2,500 Foundation Field
Lawrence Field
Charlotte Smith Field
Zimmerli Gymnasium
Mansfield Non-football school Decker Gymnasium 2,000 Lutes Field
Spaulding Field
Shaute Field
Soccer Field
Mercyhurst Louis J. Tullio Field 2,300 Mercyhurst Athletic Center 1,800 Mercyhurst Ice Center
Mercyhurst Softball Field
Millersville Biemesderfer Stadium 6,500 Pucillo Gymnasium 2,850 Cooper Park
Millersville Softball Field
Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ) Non-football school Sports Center Point Stadium (baseball)
Seton Hill Offutt Field Salvitti Gymnasium 1,200 Dick's Sporting Goods Field
Shippensburg Seth Grove Stadium 7,700 Heiges Field House 2,768 Robb Sports Complex
Robb Field
David See Field
Slippery Rock N. Kerr Thompson Stadium 10,000 Morrow Field House 3,000 Egli Soccer Field
Critchfield Park
West Chester John A. Farrell Stadium 7,500 Hollinger Field House 2,500 Vonnie Gros Field
Serpico Stadium

Notable alumni

The following is a list of alumni of the respective universities, including before the formation of the Conference in 1951.



  • Tim Bausher, Kutztown, minor league pitcher
  • Tom Brookens, Mansfield, former MLB third baseman
  • Mark Corey, Edinboro, former MLB pitcher
  • Frank Gailey, West Chester, minor league pitcher
  • Ryan Vogelsong, Kutztown, MLB pitcher
  • Pete Vukovich, Clarion, MLB Pitcher, Cy Young Winner-Brewers


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Vivian Stringer

  • Geno Auriemma, West Chester, women's head coach at Connecticut; member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Del Beshore, California, former NBA point guard
  • Stephen Dennis, Kutztown, Division II Player of the Year and professional player
  • John Calipari, Clarion, Kentucky men's head coach, 1996 and 2008 Naismith College Coach of the Year
  • Mel Hankinson, Indiana, former college basketball coach including Liberty
  • Jodi Kest, Slippery Rock, Akron women's basketball head coach
  • C. Vivian Stringer, Slippery Rock, women's head coach at Rutgers; member of the Naismith and Women's Halls of Fame


  • Nicholas Addlery, California, forward currently for the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Jamaican national team
  • Raymond Bernabei, Indiana, National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association and National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Jay Hoffman, East Stroudsburg, head coach of the 1999 U.S. women's Pan American Games gold medal team, and assistant coach of the 1999 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup gold medal team
  • Pedro Power, Slippery Rock, former midfielder for the Miami F.C.
  • Bob Rigby, East Stroudsburg, former goalkeeper in the North American Soccer League and the U.S. national team


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Kurt Angle

  • Kurt Angle, Clarion, 1996 Summer Olympics wrestling gold medalist
  • Steve Spence, Shippensburg, former Olympic long-distance runner
  • Cary Kolat, Lock Haven, 2000 Summer Olympics Freestyle Wrestling - 9th

See also

  • Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association


  1. "PSAC Overview". PSAC. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  2. "PSAC invites, Gannon, Mercyhurst to be full members". The Vindicator. June 19, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  3. "PSAC adds Gannon University and Mercyhurst College to Membership". PSAC. June 27, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010.[dead link]
  4. "PSAC admits C.W. Post as associate members in two sports". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. June 28, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  6. Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  7. "University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University to Join PSAC" (Press release). Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  8. "Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference". Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  9. "A-10 Extends Affiliate Membership to Lock Haven University". A-10 Conference. December 16, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2013.

External links

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