MEC applies for NCAA Division II conference
The 12 institutions that announced the formation of the Mountain East
Conference in August have officially applied for approval to begin competing as
the NCAA’s newest Division II conference in 2013-14.
The MEC’s formal application, signed by the presidents of all 12
institutions was hand-delivered to NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis on Friday
along with all supporting documentation.
Pending approval from the NCAA, the new league’s charter members
include: Concord University (W.Va.), Fairmont State University (W.Va.),
Glenville State College (W.Va.), Notre Dame College (Ohio), Shepherd University
(W.Va.), The University of Charleston (W.Va.), The University of Virginia’s
College at Wise (Va.), Urbana University (Ohio), West Liberty University
(W.Va.), West Virginia State University (W.Va.), Wheeling Jesuit University
(W.Va.), and West Virginia Wesleyan College (W.Va.).
The MEC Board of Directors, composed of the presidents of the 12
institutions, voted unanimously to move forward with the process of forming the
new regional all-sports conference during a November meeting at Fairmont State
The Board approved the selection of West Liberty University president
Robin C. Capehart as Chair of Board of Directors and unanimously supported the
appointment of Reid Amos as the league’s first Commissioner upon the
recommendation of the MEC’s Committee of Athletic Administrators (CAA).
Amos, currently Vice President of Broadcasting at West Liberty, had been
serving as recording secretary and spokesperson for the conference in addition
to working as a liaison between the CAA and the Board since the decision to
form a new league was reached.
“Reid has nearly
two decades of experience with NCAA Division II athletics and has successfully
led many initiatives, particularly in the areas of conference development and
media enhancements,” Capehart said. “In fact, he is currently serving as
Chair of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Committee. In addition to his long-standing
business relationships with many of our members, Reid has provided excellent
leadership for all of us throughout this process and we have every confidence
he will continue to do so as we forge ahead on this new path.”
Amos is excited
about the opportunities that lie ahead for the MEC and its 12 charter members.
“We are very
pleased to have presented our credentials to the NCAA seeking to become the 25th
Division II Conference,” Amos said. “The MEC will value providing a
quality experience for its student-athletes in a highly competitive
conference. Our institutions are committed to moving forward as a model
conference guided by NCAA standards, which enable our best programs to rank
among the nation’s best. With the great athletic history of our
institutions, I am honored to be named the first Commissioner of the Mountain
East Conference by our Board of Directors as we move forward into a bright
If the MEC is approved for competition in 2013-2014, the league would meet the NCAA requirement for conference championships in 16 sports: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s track and field, and volleyball.