MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer Vice President for Athletics Bob Reasso announced today that the Falcons have become the 108th Division III program to join the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Pfeiffer becomes the first DIII program from North Carolina to join the prestigious Conference and the move will allow Pfeiffer an opportunity to play in the postseason immediately while they continue to transition to full members of DIII.
"Since we started our transition to D III, we have been looking for opportunities for our student-athletes to compete in postseason play," commented Reasso. "We are happy to announce we have found that opportunity, with one of the oldest and most prestigious athletic organizations in America, the Eastern College Athletic Conference. We feel very honored and privileged to be joining the ECAC and we are delighted that our student athletes will be eligible to compete in postseason play immediately."
Established in 1938, the ECAC is the nation's largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. The ECAC hosts numerous championships in men's and women's sports across Divisions I, II and III, offering opportunities for thousands of student-athletes.
Joining the ECAC puts Pfeiffer among elite schools in the country who are members. At the Division I level, programs such as Boston College, Elon, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn. St., Villanova, Rutgers, Syracuse and Connecticut are members. At the Division III level, Pfeiffer will be among the likes of Johns Hopkins, Ithaca, Drew, Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Hamilton, Vassar and NYU who are some of the members.
Starting with the winter season, Pfeiffer is eligible to compete in ECAC Championships. The ECAC hosts Championships in all of the sports Pfeiffer offers, which means that every student-athlete at Pfeiffer can compete in post season play if they or their team is selected. The ECAC also selects players of the week, academic awards and ECAC All-Star teams.
"I am delighted that we can provide this opportunity for our student-athletes," said Pfeiffer President Dr. Colleen Keith. "Playing for championships is an important culminating event for student-athletes and competing against fellow ECAC colleges will provide a unique experience for our Falcons."
Pfeiffer will continue to compete in the USA South Athletic Conference in the regular season. However, they are unable to compete in the postseason tournament with the league until they complete reclassifying.
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