The Bryant Bulldogs have accepted an invite to affix the Coastal Athletic Affiliation Soccer Convention (CAA Soccer) in 2024, it was announced on Thursday.
Bryant shall be a football-only member and can formally be part of the CAA on July 1, 2024.
“We’re excited to welcome Bryant College as the latest member of the CAA Soccer Convention,” CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio mentioned. “Bryant is an excellent tutorial establishment that encompasses a profitable and aggressive soccer program. Each of these attributes match completely into the Convention’s imaginative and prescient that requires our membership to work collectively to advance nationally aggressive athletic packages – coupled with excellent tutorial packages – that empower student-athletes as complete individuals to attempt on the highest degree in each facet of their lives. The CAA continues to be targeted on making selections that ensures its membership a aggressive and sustainable mannequin.”
Bryant College, situated in Smithfield, R.I., has been a football-only member of the Large South Convention because the 2022 season. Previous to that, the Bulldogs competed within the Northeast Convention (NEC) from 2009 by way of 2021.
“Soccer’s new membership within the Coastal Athletic Affiliation Soccer Convention is a testomony to Bryant’s dedication to excellence each in teachers and athletics,” mentioned Bryant College President Ross Gittell, Ph.D. “We’re proud to be related to the opposite excellent members of the CAA and to be acknowledged for our sturdy athletic program and unwavering dedication to the educational success and private development of all our college students. This transfer aligns with our Imaginative and prescient 2030 focus of elevating our DI athletic program and enhancing our college students’ total school expertise and our college’s nationwide popularity.”
With the addition of Bryant, the CAA may have 16 football-playing members starting with the 2024 season. Different members embody UAlbany, Campbell, Delaware, Elon, Hampton, Maine, Monmouth, New Hampshire, North Carolina A&T, Rhode Island, Richmond, Stony Brook, Towson, Villanova, and William & Mary.
“I want to thank Commissioner Joe D’Antonio and the board of administrators within the CAA for extending this invitation and giving our soccer student-athletes this unimaginable alternative,” Vice President of Athletics & Recreation Invoice Smith mentioned. “This transfer aligns with Bryant College’s daring imaginative and prescient for the long run and can present our student-athletes the chance to compete in what has confirmed to be the most effective FCS soccer conferences within the nation.
“I’d additionally wish to thank former Large South commissioner Kyle Kallander, present commissioners Sherika Montgomery and Beth DeBauche, and the remainder of the Large South-OVC employees for giving us the chance to compete in such an unimaginable convention. We’re grateful for our time as an affiliate member.”
Bryant would be the fifth addition to CAA Soccer since 2022. Different colleges which have lately joined embody Hampton and Monmouth in 2022 and Campbell and North Carolina A&T in 2023.
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