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Frostburg State University Football To Join New Jersey Athletic Conference
03/03/2014

Frostburg State University Football To Join New Jersey Athletic Conference

PITMAN, N.J. – Frostburg State University, along with Christopher Newport University, Salisbury University and Wesley College recently agreed to become associate football members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. In addition, Southern Virginia will be an affiliate member of the NJAC starting in the fall of 2014 and will elevate to associate member in 2015-16.

“Frostburg State University is very proud and excited to be partners with the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The NJAC’s excellent academic profile is a significant asset, and we look forward to a bright future together,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “This outstanding conference provides a high-quality level of competition that will be a true benefit to the experience of Frostburg State University’s student-athletes.”

Frostburg State currently competes in the Empire 8 as an affiliate football member and will begin its fourth season of competition in the league this fall (2014). The other associate football members, like FSU, compete primarily in the Capital Athletic Conference; the CAC does not sponsor football.

“We are most grateful for our time in the Empire 8 conference, but joining the NJAC aligns us with teams in our region with which we have a competitive history, including our traditional cross-state rival, Salisbury University,” Gibralter said.

The Bobcats have competed against members of the NJAC as far as back as 1962 and as recently as 2005. FSU and Salisbury have met 41 times over the years, including the last 15 years in the annual Regents Cup Game. Frostburg and Wesley have met 19 times and both are former members of the Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC).

Frostburg recently announced the hiring of head coach DeLane Fitzgerald following a national search to begin a new chapter of Bobcat football. Frostburg has sponsored football since 1961 and boasts 235 all-time wins in its 52 years. The Bobcats appeared in the NCAA Playoffs in 1993 and have made seven trips to the ECAC Playoffs with the most recent appearance coming in 2005. FSU boasts 32 All-Americans since the 1980 season.

With the addition of the five schools in 2015-16, the NJAC will increase its football membership to 10 institutions, including full-league members Kean University, Montclair State University, Rowan University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson University.

“We are extremely excited about the future of our football conference with the addition of these tremendous programs,” said Terry Small, the commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. “Our presidents and athletic administrators have been seeking stability in terms of our football membership, and we now believe that we have assembled one of the strongest football conferences in all of NCAA Division III. By adding these quality programs and partnering with these outstanding institutions, we believe we have aligned many of the top Division III football programs in the region while helping to ease the burden of scheduling that all of the institutions have experienced throughout the years.”

"The NJAC is proud and honored to partner with the CAC to further enhance our strong football programs while respecting the academic priorities of our institutions,” said Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, president of The College of New Jersey, who played an important role in bringing the new schools into NJAC. “Dr. Gibralter and all of the CAC institutions and presidents have been extraordinary professionals throughout this process. I am confident that the partnership developed with our scholar-athletes in mind will yield tremendous benefits for our institutions beyond the play fields and goal posts."

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

 

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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