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NEWMAC Adds Eighth Football Member Catholic University

NEWMAC Adds Eighth Football Member Catholic University

April 8, 2015 Release: NEWMAC to Sponsor Football Beginning in 2017

BOSTON, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is pleased to announce the addition of The Catholic University of America as an associate member in the sport of football effective July 1, 2017. In April, the conference office released it would begin sponsoring the sport of football starting in the 2017 season. The addition of Catholic gives the conference its eighth member heading into the inaugural season. Football will be the conference's 20th championship and ninth for men.

With the addition, NEWMAC football will be comprised of conference members MIT, Springfield College, WPI and the United States Coast Guard Academy along with Catholic, Norwich University, Maine Maritime Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy as associate members.


"The Catholic University of America clearly shares the NEWMAC's commitment to academic and athletic excellence and we are pleased to welcome them as an associate member said Dr. Dennis M. Hanno, president of Wheaton College and chair of the NEWMAC presidents council. The NEWMAC will benefit greatly from having a school with Catholic's reputation and reach associated with the conference."

Catholic will join the NEWMAC after participating as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) since 1999. The Cardinals are led by head coach Dave Dunn who has been at the helm since 2006 and compiled a record of 41-53.


NEWMAC President, John Sutyak, Director of Athletics at Wheaton College stated, "We are extremely excited to welcome The Catholic University of America to the NEWMAC as an associate member in the sport of football.  The addition of Catholic further solidifies our football membership, in addition to expanding our geographic footprint outside of our traditional boundaries.  I want to thank our executive director, Patrick B. Summers, and the head of our expansion task force and director of athletics at Babson College, Josh MacArthur, for their work in leading us through the process of bringing Catholic to the NEWMAC family.  This is an exciting time for the NEWMAC as we continue to make strides toward our goal of being the preeminent conference in Division III."

The NEWMAC will not immediately receive an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Football Championship but institutions will be eligible to qualify for the Division III NCAA Football Championship through an at-large selection. Per NCAA bylaws, there is a two-year waiting period, and the conference should receive an AQ for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The eight football-playing members of the NEWMAC have combined to go to 16 NCAA Tournaments. 

The NEWMAC is an association of 11 selective academic institutions that are committed to academic and athletic excellence, strengthened by the diversity of its selective institutional membership. The conference supports the development and the educational value of athletics competition, through a commitment to the NCAA Division III philosophy and our core values of excellence, integrity and respect. Current full members: Babson College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Clark University, Emerson College, MIT, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College and WPI. Current associate members: Catholic (football), Maine Maritime Academy (football), Massachusetts Maritime Academy (men's lacrosse), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (football), Norwich University (football) and Simmons Colleges (women's rowing). 


Catholic University President
John Garvey 

"Our football program at Catholic University has a long and storied history. We are delighted to join such an impressive collection of institutions as an associate conference member," said President John Garvey. "The opportunity for our football team to compete in the New England and New York area, where so many of our alumni, current students and prospective students reside, is especially appealing. We are very grateful to the NEWMAC leadership and the member schools for this opportunity to join the conference. And we look forward to competing and collaborating with them for many years to come."

Catholic University Associate Vice President
& Director of Athletics
Sean Sullivan 


"Joining the NEWMAC represents a significant opportunity for our football program to compete against seven dynamic institutions while also supporting University-wide enrollment objectives. We feel honored to have been invited to become a member of a conference that has put its unique stamp upon Division III football along the eastern seaboard," said Associate Vice President & Director Sean Sullivan. "It's tremendously satisfying to be able to add Washington D.C., to a desirable geographic footprint that includes Northern New England, Central Massachusetts, Boston and New York."

Catholic University Head Football Coach
Dave Dunn 

"This is an exciting move for our program. I feel that we are a school with many Northeast connections, but with a capital location, so this is a good fit for us," said head football coach Dave Dunn. "Much of our recruiting is based throughout the region, so it's a great opportunity to be up there for our conference schedule and give our student-athletes a chance to play in front of their families and some of their teammates and opponents from high school. For many, it will be a bit of a homecoming."