College Spotlight: Local Schools Pleased with Inaugural G-MAC Season
"I think it's really going to be a very good conference as it grows. It's good to be a part of it in its infant stages and be with it as it grows and matures to what it we think will become one of the best conferences in the country," Davis & Elkins Athletic Director Ronnie Palmer said.
"I think they're doing a great job. The G-MAC is a perfect place for AB. It's a league that's made up of small, private and christian liberal arts colleges, just like we are. We think it's a great fit for AB University and we love it," Alderson Broaddus Athletic Director Denny Creehan said.
"I think that the conference did a wonderful job. Coming in, they decided to be very stingy with their rules and make sure that we do things the right way and take the first step and make sure it was the right one," Salem International Head Baseball Coach Shawn Pynn said.
The consensus is a job well done by the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. However the conference is nowhere near done. The G-MAC plans to add two more schools next year, with a hope to add America's number one sport in the near future.
Football is a revenue generator. The good people at Alderson Broaddus University understand that, which is why they constructed one of the nicest D-II football stadiums in the country. The Great Midwest Athletic Conference currently does not feature the sport. But no matter which member institution you talk to, they will tell you this conference is one touchdown away from really taking off.
"In the fall of 2015, we have a league schedule and we'll play for All-Conference Awards and a League Championship, and the whole deal," Creehan said.
"Starting with next year, with our provisional members, we'll have five football competing institutions. Then with the plan we have in place, we think that will grow to eight or ten football playing institutions," Palmer added.
With a total of 10 member institutions that stretch from Tennessee to right here in West Virginia, the idea is to increase the league to as many as 16 members, in a matter of a few years.
"Making sure that everything was done correctly the first time out. I think that's going to be a huge benefit down the road for this conference. I can only see good things moving forward," Pynn replied.