“Medaille College is excited to join the Empire 8 athletic conference,” says Medaille College President Dr. Kenneth Macur. “While we will miss the relationships we have developed with our outstanding colleagues in the AMCC, we are excited to be included among some of the best DIII private colleges in New York. Medaille has a long tradition of commitment to DIII athletics and student-athletes. The multi-million dollar investment we are making in our new athletic complex, along with the move to the Empire 8, underscore our vision for being a premier competitor and a college of choice for amazing student-athletes.”
Medaille currently sponsors 19 Division III sports, with 17 set to compete in the Empire 8. With the addition of Medaille, the E8 will be comprised of 10 members, all located in New York State. The conference currently sponsors 23 NCAA DIII sports.
“With the addition of Medaille College, the Empire 8 has further established itself as one of the premier conferences in Division III, athletically and educationally,” says St. John Fisher College President Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, who serves as the Chair of the Empire 8 President’s Council. “This expansion will allow the conference and its members to enhance their footprint into Western New York and the Buffalo Region, as they continue to find ways to augment their student-athletes’ overall experience.”
Medaille has enjoyed a rich athletics history with tremendous success at the conference and national level, including these accomplishments to date:
- 26 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Regular Season Championships
- 22 AMCC Tournament Championships
- 19 NCAA Tournament Teams and 8 NCAA Tournament Wins
- 221 First Team All-Conference players, 13 All-Americans and 4 Academic All-Americans
- 29 Conference Coaches of the Year, 36 Players of the Year and 20 Newcomers of the Year
“Medaille College is a natural fit for the Empire 8,” says Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. “It is a competitive academic institution with great leadership at all levels and outstanding facilities that fit into our geographic footprint. Moreover, like Empire 8, Medaille is committed to the critical educational role that intercollegiate athletics plays in higher education as we shape tomorrow’s leaders.”
Founded in 1998, the Empire 8 has developed into one of the premier NCAA Division III athletic conferences, both on the field and in the classroom. With the addition of Medaille in fall 2022, the conference will consist of Alfred University, Elmira College, Hartwick College, Houghton College, Keuka College, Medaille College, Nazareth College, Russell Sage College, St. John Fisher College and Utica College.
“Our athletic department is honored to receive the invitation to join the Empire 8 Conference,” says Medaille College Director of Athletics Susan Roarke. “The Empire 8 has an outstanding record of being one of the top DIII conferences with their success of student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing fields. We look forward to building new relationships and rivalries within the conference.”
ABOUT THE EMPIRE 8 CONFERENCE
The members of the Empire 8 Conference are committed first and foremost to the pursuit of academic excellence and the league is regarded as an outstanding NCAA Division III conference. The membership has distinguished itself among its peer group for its quality institutions, spirited and sportsmanlike competition, outstanding services and highly ethical policies and practices. Its commitment to serve the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of the E8. For more on the Empire 8, visit www.empire8.com or YouTube.