The Robert Morris Colonials soccer crew will rejoin the Northeast Convention (NEC) in 2024, the college announced on Tuesday.
“We’re happy to welcome Robert Morris again to the NEC soccer group,” stated NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. “Their return not solely strengthens our soccer profile, but additionally will reignite longtime rivalries and create new ones. Given RMU’s wealthy soccer custom throughout the NEC, we anticipate extra thrilling moments to return.”
Robert Morris started enjoying on the Soccer Championship Subdivision (FCS) stage in 1994 and competed within the Northeast Convention from 1996 via 2019. The Colonials performed as an FCS Impartial in 2020 earlier than becoming a member of the Large South Convention for 2021 and 2022 after which competing within the Large South-OVC Affiliation in 2023.
“We wish to thank Commissioners Sherika Montgomery and Beth DeBauche, and former Commissioner Kyle Kallander, for offering RMU Soccer a chance for membership and their help over the earlier three years,” stated RMU Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris King. The transfer to rejoin the NEC as an affiliate member in soccer restores longtime native rivalries with Duquesne and Saint Francis U in addition to the NEC soccer enjoying members inside our geographic footprint, which could have a constructive affect on our scheduling and journey. For our long-term progress, the NEC is definitely the suitable transfer for our soccer program. We’re enthusiastic about this subsequent chapter and persevering with the ahead momentum of RMU Soccer.”
“The RMU Soccer program wish to thank the Large South Convention and the Large South-OVC Soccer Affiliation for the chance they gave us towards excellent competitors,” stated head coach Bernard Clark. “We definitely stay up for renewing outdated NEC rivalries and competing towards acquainted opponents in addition to embracing the familiarity of the league.”
In accordance with the discharge, NEC soccer could have “seven competing applications” subsequent season, as RMU will be a part of Central Connecticut, LIU, Saint Francis U, Stonehill, and Wagner, in addition to affiliate member Duquesne.
The standing of two different NEC soccer applications — Merrimack and Sacred Coronary heart — is at the moment in query. The 2 colleges are leaving the NEC for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Convention (MAAC) in 2024, however the MAAC doesn’t sponsor soccer.
Future Robert Morris Soccer Schedules