The athletic landscape for North Central West Virginia Division II schools is changing.
The WVIAC has disbanded, leaving schools that weren't invited into the newly formed Mountain East Conference to fend for themselves. That change has been on the horizon since the formation of a new conference was announced in June. Before official word of the Mountain East Conference was released, Alderson-Broaddus College decided its athletic future.
A-B accepted an invitation to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). The GMAC was one of several leagues the Battlers talked to about joining their ranks.
On Monday, A-B held an official press conference to discuss the move to the new league.
President Richard Creehan and his brother Athletic Director Denny Creehan both spoke about how excited they are to start the new adventure.
The GMAC does not currently sponsor football so the Battlers will look for another conference to become an associate member of and participate in football.
A-B will begin playing in the GMAC in 2013.
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference formed in 2011. On Dec 1 of that year, the GMAC applied to be the 24th NCAA Division II conference. The request was approved effective Sept 1, 2012.
The charter members of the GMAC are Cedarville University, Central State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Urbana University and Ursuline College.
The University of Virginia's College at Wise became a full member in 2012 and Georgetown College was added as a provisional conference opponent. Georgetown College is in the process of applying to become an NCAA Division II school.