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Penn State Harrisburg leaving CAC in athletics to return to its former conference

Posted 7/9/18

Penn State Harrisburg athletics will return to the North East Athletic Conference starting in the 2019-2020 season, after six years in the Capital Athletic Conference. 

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Penn State Harrisburg leaving CAC in athletics to return to its former conference

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Penn State Harrisburg athletics will return to the North East Athletic Conference starting in the 2019-2020 season, after six years in the Capital Athletic Conference. 

Penn State Harrisburg was a member of the NEAC from 2007 to 2013.

Intercollegiate athletics returned to Penn State Harrisburg in the fall 2005-06 season after a 10-year break. The college, in 2007, became a provisional member of the NCAA Division III, and a full member in 2010.  The college fields teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s golf, and women’s volleyball.

Since returning to athletics, the college has expanded and enhanced facilities, according to Penn State, and several athletes have achieved All-American recognition.

“We have established and maintained an environment where our student-athletes’ activities are conducted as an integral part of the total educational experience, and where coaches play a significant role as educators outside the classroom,” said Rahsaan Carlton, director of Penn State Harrisburg athletics. “This move will only help to enhance our athletic programs, and increase our competitive spirit.”

When Harrisburg joins the NEAC, it will include 12 schools for the start of the 2019-2020 season. The conference is split into a North and South division with different schedules and playoff formats between the various sports. 

During their previous six-year tenure with the NEAC, the Lions claimed a combined seven conference championships: baseball (1), men’s golf (2), men’s tennis (2), women’s soccer (1) and women’s tennis (1).

“On behalf of the NEAC Presidents’ Council, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Penn State Harrisburg back to our conference,” said NEAC Presidents’ Council Chairman and Morrisville State President David Rogers.

NEAC members last season were Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, New York), College Of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown, New Jersey), Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.), Keuka College (Keuka Park, New York), Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster), Penn College (Williamsport), Penn State Abington (Abington), Penn State Berks (Reading), SUNY Cobleskill (Cobleskill, New York), SUNY Morrisville (Morrisville, New York), SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Utica, New York) and Wells College (Aurora, New York).

The College of Saint Elizabeth will leave to join the Colonial States Athletic Conference for the 2019-20 year.