Merrimack to join Northeast Conference
Merrimack College has accepted an invitation from the Northeast Conference and will join the league in 2023-24 after completion of its four-year NCAA Division I reclassification period.
NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris announced the Warriors will become the 11 th member of the league.
Merrimack offers 24 programs, 22 competing in Division II. The Warriors compete in NCAA Division I in men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, and they will remain in Hockey East.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Merrimack College to the membership of the Northeast Conference,” Robert Morris director of athletics Dr. Craig Coleman said. “By joining the NEC, Merrimack solidifies the conference’s standing in football and overall gives us another opponent across all sports to form meaningful rivalries with.”
The last time the NEC expanded was in 2012 when Bryant joined. Robert Morris, Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island Brooklyn, St. Francis Brooklyn, St. Francis (Pa.) and Wagner are charter NEC members. Mount St. Mary’s (1989), Central Connecticut (1997) and Sacred Heart (1990) joined later.
“The College’s 2011 strategic plan, the Agenda for Distinction, called for Merrimack College to become a Division I institution to compete and excel at the highest level,” Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey said. “We are pleased that our record of achievement and growth has resulted in this invitation to compete in the NEC and partner with its outstanding member institutions.”