York College Joins the MAC
Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC) Executive Committee Chair and Misericordia University President Dr. Thomas Botzman announced the addition of York College as the 18th member of the MAC and the 10th member of the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth (MAC Commonwealth) beginning in the 2020–2021 academic year.
The College will leave the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) following the 2019-2020 season. The Spartans depart the CAC having had a successful 29-year run in the league they helped found in 1989. York has captured 33 team championships, 49 Coach of the Year honors, 37 CAC Player of the Year award winners, and 57 Rookie of the Year honorees.
“We are excited to join the MAC and compete among the outstanding colleges and universities that are members,” said York College President Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith. “Membership in the MAC is a great fit for York College and will provide a more regional travel schedule for our teams. As founding members of the Capital Athletic Conference, we are both grateful for and proud of the affiliation we have shared over the past 29 years in the CAC.”
Head Wrestling Coach Duane Bastress said, “We are extremely excited to be joining the MAC. Since 2012 we have not been a part of a conference and to be joining the MAC will give our guys the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams on the east coast.”
Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia stated, “The MAC is a well-established conference with a membership that is bound by commonalities. With that comes the advantages of full conference schedules and automatic NCAA qualifying berths for every team sport. I see the more condensed footprint of the MAC as an opportunity to build rivalries, to provide our fans with more access to see us play when we’re on the road, and to draw larger crowds at home.”