The Military Black Knights will be part of the American Athletic Convention starting with the 2024 season, it was announced on Wednesday.
Military will formally be part of The American efficient on July 1, 2024. With the Navy Midshipmen additionally within the convention, the Military-Navy Recreation will proceed to be performed yearly as a non-conference contest in the course of the second weekend of December.
Ought to Military and Navy each end on the high of the AAC standings, they might play in consecutive weeks within the American Soccer Championship after which once more within the Military-Navy Recreation.
The Black Knights may also proceed to play the Air Power Falcons yearly within the non-conference, which preserves the battle for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy between the three service academies.
“I’m excited to start out the following chapter of Military soccer,” Military Director of Athletics Mike Buddie stated. “In as we speak’s evolving collegiate athletics panorama, it’s nice to associate with established, revered packages to safe the long run success of Military soccer. New NCAA guidelines, the evolution and progress of the Faculty Soccer Playoff, the switch portal, and title, picture and likeness have all impacted our aggressive panorama, so having a transparent path to a Convention Championship, whereas persevering with to struggle for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, will assist us entice, retain, and showcase our distinctive coaches and cadets. What higher pairing than to have America’s Workforce becoming a member of the American Athletic Convention?”
CBS Sports activities Community will proceed to broadcast Military’s house soccer video games by means of the 2028 season.
“Like most of the proud moments that Military Soccer has loved during the last a number of seasons together with victories over our academy rivals, record-setting seasons, Commander-in-Chief’s trophies, and a number of bowl video games, Military’s alliance with the American Athletic Convention is a supply of pleasure for our Academy, our program, and for me personally,” Military Head Coach Jeff Monken stated.
“I’m proud to be West Level’s coach as we take this step from a historical past of independency to convention affiliation and tackle the challenges of the competitors within the American Athletic Convention. Our membership within the AAC companions us with excellent Universities and athletic packages from across the nation and can give our soccer program the chance to compete for a convention championship and for our distinctive Cadet-Athletes to signify and showcase America’s premier service academy.”
The US Army Academy West Level, situated in West Level, N.Y., has competed as a Soccer Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Impartial because the 2005 season. Previous to that, Military’s soccer program was a member of Convention USA from 1998 by means of 2004.
The Black Knights play their soccer video games at historic Blaik Area at Michie Stadium, which at present has a seating capability of 38,000.
“We’re honored to welcome Military to the American Athletic Convention,” AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco stated. “Military’s soccer program has an iconic nationwide model with a legacy of success that spans greater than a century and is an ideal match with our convention. We’re immensely proud to welcome one other of our nation’s distinguished service academies with a proud historical past and central position in defending America and our freedoms, and which is without doubt one of the nation’s most prestigious educational establishments. I wish to thank Lieutenant Basic Steven Gilland and Athletic Director Mike Buddie for his or her imaginative and prescient and partnership all through this course of. We look ahead to having Military and coach Jeff Monken on our sidelines starting in 2024.”
Military will change the SMU Mustangs in The American following their transfer to the ACC in 2024. Beneath is a take a look at the entire American Athletic Convention lineup starting subsequent season:
- Military Black Knights
- Charlotte 49ers
- East Carolina Pirates
- Florida Atlantic Owls
- Memphis Tigers
- Navy Midshipmen
- North Texas Imply Inexperienced
- Rice Owls
- Temple Owls
- Tulane Inexperienced Wave
- Tulsa Golden Hurricane
- UAB Blazers
- USF Bulls
- UTSA Roadrunners