SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt has announced that SIUE has accepted an invitation to join Mid-American Conference Soccer as an affiliate members in the sport beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.
“Joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in these two sports (wrestling is the other sport) is not only a compliment but also a recognition and validation of each program’s recent success,” Hewitt said. “We are thankful for the opportunities granted and support given by the Missouri Valley Conference in men’s soccer and the Southern Conference in wrestling.
With the addition of SIUE, the conference will consist of six men’s soccer programs – four from full MAC membership (Akron, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan) and two affiliate members (SIUE and West Virginia).
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I guess this means we’ll get to see Akron every other year now but gone are the Missouri Valley Conference programs that we also see here for the annual Basketball Championship. The MVC is headquartered in St. Louis.