Bobcats Now Competing in DII, Mountain East Conference

Sep 26, 2019 10:08 AM

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced this summer that Frostburg State has officially been accepted to begin the Division II membership process, capping a 41-year run as a member of Division III.

Frostburg and its 21 athletics programs – soon to be 22 – have joined the Mountain East Conference (MEC) for the 2019-20 year. FSU accepted the membership invitation to join the league in July of 2018, an important step in the DII application process.

“We see this move as an advantage to our student-athletes and to our institution as a whole. We look forward to a new level of competition and new connections with schools in the Mountain East Conference,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk.

FSU is now just the second Division II member in the state of Maryland, joining Bowie State University.

“July’s announcement was a culmination of 18 months of work across many departments throughout campus. The students, faculty and staff on our campus have worked tirelessly to make this a reality,” said Frostburg Director of Athletics Troy A. Dell. “Collectively, they should all be commended for this achievement.”

The Bobcats currently sponsor 18 of the MEC’s 20 championship sports with eight men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming and tennis) and nine women’s sports (acrobatics & tumbling, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball). FSU recently announced Acrobatics & Tumbling as its 22nd team, starting in the fall of 2020 and competing in the spring of 2021.

“We congratulate Frostburg State University on its acceptance into the NCAA Division II membership process, and we are excited that their admission paves the way for FSU to begin competition this fall in 20 sports as a member of the Mountain East Conference,” said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos. “From the beginning, it has been clear that Frostburg State aligns well with the values, goals and mission of the Mountain East. While a transition to Division II will take time, I anticipate that FSU will quickly become be a highly competitive member of the MEC.”

In December, Frostburg also announced that it will become an associate member of the East Coast Conference in the sport of men’s lacrosse and will begin competition in the spring of 2020. Frostburg’s field hockey team will compete as an independent in the fall of 2019, while conference affiliations continue to be explored.

In another new development, the Department of Athletics proudly announces a new partnership agreement with Under Armour, Inc. The Baltimore-based global leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment has become Frostburg's official outfitter. As part of a five-year agreement, the company will provide the Bobcats’ teams with on-field and off-field training gear.

The deal will provide coaches and student-athletes with apparel, as well as apparel for staff members and administrators that will align with the Athletic Department's branding standards.

BSN Sports and Personal Best Athletics will be apparel providers through the duration of the contract as both companies have supplied FSU athletics with apparel in the past.

The Under Armour agreement aligns Frostburg with several University System of Maryland schools, including the University of Maryland, Towson University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Bowie State University.