Monmouth University announced on December 14, 2012 it will accept the invitation of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) to join the conference, effective July 1, 2013.
A press conference will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Multipurpose Activity Center and can be veiwed for free on Hawk Vision and on MAAC.TV
Monmouth, which fields 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, will begin competition in the MAAC during the 2013-14 academic year.
The 2012-2013 MAAC Story
With 10 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is in its 32nd year of competition during the 2012-2013 academic year.
The MAAC was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U.S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College and Saint Peter's College. Competition followed one year later in the fall of 1981 with members competing in the sports of men's cross country and men's soccer. On January 2, 1982, Army traveled to Iona for the first MAAC men's basketball game and the MAAC story had begun.
Current Conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Siena College. In addition, associate members include the University of Detroit Mercy, Jacksonville University and Virginia Military Institute in men's lacrosse. St. Francis (N.Y.) College, Villanova University, VMI and Wagner College are all associate members of the MAAC Women's Water Polo League. Drake University, Jacksonville University, Robert Morris University and Sacred Heart University compete in women's rowing, while the University at Albany, Boston University and the University of Hartford began competition in women's golf in the spring of 2010. Butler University became an associate member for women's golf and Bryant University in men's swimming & diving in the summer of 2012. The MAAC will support 24 sports and championships during the 2012-2013 academic year. The MAAC has automatic qualification to 15 NCAA Championships, with the MAAC being eligible for women's rowing for the first time in the spring of 2013.
The MAAC Basketball Championships returns to Springfield's MassMutual Center for the 2013 and 2014 championships, which will be co-hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. By having an excellent working relationship with various facilities, the MAAC has been able to attract a number of NCAA Championship events. Most recently, the MAAC and Rider hosted the 2012 NCAA Rowing Championships at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey. The MAAC and Rider also co-hosted the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The MAAC, Canisius College and Niagara University successfully hosted the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. All three parties hosted the event in 2004 and 2007. The MAAC and Rider University co-hosted the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Regional at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J., after recording the third highest attendance figure for the women's championship with the First and Second Rounds in 2006. The MAAC and Rider will work together to co-host the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Regional at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
Monmouth's Success in the NEC (1985-86)
Overall Commissioner's Cups: 5 (Began in 1998)
Men's Commissioner's Cups: 9 (including 7 consecutive, top-2 14 of the 15 years)
NEC Regular Season Championships – 35
NEC Tournament Championships – 63 (Includes Cross Country, Track, Golf and Tennis)
NCAA Tournament Appearances - 19
Individual Regular Season Titles, NEC Tournament Titles and NCAA Appearances
Baseball: Regular Season Titles– 9 (1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011)
NEC Tournament – 4 (1998, 1999, 2007, 2009)
NCAA Tournament – 4 (1998, 1999, 2007, 2009)
Softball: Regular Season – 1 (1999)
Men’s Basketball: Regular Season Titles - 2 (2004, 2005)
NEC Tournament – 4 (1996, 2001, 2004, 2006)
NCAA Tournament – 4 (1996, 2001, 2004, 2006)
Women’s Basketball: Regular Season Titles – 2 (1987, 1988)
NEC Tournament – 1 (1987)
Women’s Cross Country: NEC Championships – 3 (1989, 1990, 2000)
Field Hockey: Regular Season Titles – 1 (2000)
Football: Regular Season Titles – 5 (1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Men’s Golf: NEC Championships – 1 (2007)
NCAA Tournament – 1 (2007)
Women’s Lacrosse: Regular Season Titles – 5 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008)
NEC Tournament – 4 (2001, 2006, 2007, 2012)
NCAA Tournament – 4 (2001, 2006, 2007, 2012)
Men’s Soccer: Regular Season Titles – 7 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
NEC Tournament – 5 (1990, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011)
NCAA Tournament – 4 (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Women’s Soccer: Regular Season Titles – 4 (1995, 1996, 2000, 2007)
NEC Tournament – 4 (1995, 1996, 2007, 2009)
NCAA Tournament – 2 (2007, 2009)
Men’s Tennis: NEC Championships – 9 (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
Men’s Indoor Track: NEC Championships – 4 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2012)
Men’s Outdoor Track: NEC Championships – 10 (1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Women’s Indoor Track: NEC Championships – 5 (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Women’s Outdoor Track: NEC Championships – 9 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Profile of MAAC Teams
|Number of Division I
||West Long Branch, N.J.
||Koessler Athletic Center 2,196
||New Rochelle, N.Y.
||Hynes Athletic Center 2,611
Reitz Arena 2,100
||Draddy Gym 2,520
||McCann Arena 3,200
||Gallagher Center 2,400
||Alumni Gym 1,650
|St. Peter's University
||Jersey City, N.J.
||Yanitelli Center 3,200
||Times Union Center 15,500
|* Joining in 2013-2014
||** Leaving in 2013-14
Timeline of MAAC Creation and Expansion
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The Chronology of the MAAC
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference continues to abide by the principles by which it was founded -quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics. During the last 31 years, the MAAC has certainly grown in stature athletically, becoming not only one of the most successful leagues in the East, but increasingly carving a very positive national reputation as well. These positive growth steps have all been accomplished while continuing to maintain its well-earned academic reputation. Following is a chronology of the MAAC from its formation in 1980 to the present:
• The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is founded. U.S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College, and Saint Peter’s College are the charter members, and will begin competition in the fall of 1981.
• Jim McDermott is the MAAC Commissioner.
• The MAAC begins competition in Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s Golf, and Men’s Tennis.
• Both the Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments are held at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
• Fordham, Saint Peter’s, and Iona are the first MAAC Men’s Basketball teams to compete in post-season play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
• Saint Peter’s is the first MAAC women’s basketball team to compete in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
• Iona is the first MAAC men’s basketball team to win a post-season game, defeating St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NIT. Iona would then go on to fall to South Florida in the second round.
• LaSalle University and The College of the Holy Cross join the MAAC.
• The MAAC receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, where Iona is the first team to represent the MAAC.
• Don DiJulia becomes the second Commissioner of the MAAC.
• The MAAC receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, and Holy Cross is the first team to represent the MAAC.
• The MAAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game is televised on ESPN. This is the first telecast of what would become an annual event.
• The MAAC sends two women’s basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, as Fairfield wins the automatic bid and La Salle receives an at large bid.
• Richard Ensor becomes the third Commissioner of the MAAC, a post he continues to hold.
• The MAAC sends two women’s basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, as Holy Cross wins the automatic bid and La Salle receives an at large bid. La Salle defeats Connecticut, making them the first MAAC women’s basketball team to win an NCAA Tournament game.
Fall, 1989 • Canisius College, Loyola College (Md.), Niagara University, and Siena College enter the MAAC to bring the total number of schools to 12, forming the largest conference in the nation at that time. The conference divides itself into two divisions, the North: Army, Canisius, Holy Cross, Fordham, Niagara, and Siena; and the South: Fairfield, Iona, La Salle, Loyola, Manhattan, and Saint Peter’s.
• Le Moyne College joins the MAAC as an associate member in the sport of baseball.
• The MAAC, now consisting of eight full-time members: Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Loyola, Manhattan, Niagara, St. Peter’s, and Siena, and one associate member: Le Moyne, adds Women’s Soccer to the growing number of sports which it sponsors. The MAAC now sponsors 14 sports: seven men’s and seven women’s.
• The MAAC announces the formation of the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Leagues. The men’s league, which begins play in the spring of 1996, consists of five MAAC member schools: Canisius, Fairfield, Manhattan, Niagara, Siena, and associate members Marist College, Mount St. Mary’s College, and Providence College. The women’s league, which begins play in 1997, consists of the same MAAC member schools, and associate members Marist and Mount St. Mary’s.
• MAAC announces that Marist College and Rider University will join the conference as full-time members, no later than the 1997-98 academic year.
• MAAC announces that Duquesne and Wagner College will compete as associate members in the MAAC Women’s Lacrosse League beginning in 1997.
• St. Joseph’s University (PA) is granted admission to the MAAC Men’s Lacrosse League for the 1997 season, increasing the league to nine members.
• Conference signs five-year deal with Citizens Telecom to become the official long distance and telecommunications company of the MAAC.
• MAAC announces that Quinnipiac College will join the Men’s Lacrosse League for the 1999 season.
• The MAAC announces the addition of the University of Detroit Mercy to the MAAC Men’s Lacrosse league, starting competition in the 2009-2010 season.
• The MAAC added three associate members – the University at Albany, Boston University and the University of Hartford – to women’s golf, with the programs starting competition in 2009-2010.
• The MAAC announces the addition of the Jacksonville University to the MAAC Men’s Lacrosse league, starting competition in the 2010-2011 season.
• The MAAC announces the addition of the Monmouth University to the league, starting competition in the 2013-2014 season.