West Babylon, N.Y. – The East Coast Conference has announced the addition of Lincoln University as an associate member in the sports of baseball and women's soccer. The Lions will start conference play in the two sports beginning in the 2018-19 season.
Lincoln, a member of the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the oldest Division II conference in the country; has been an active Division II member since 2010. The university was a charter member of the conference in 1912 and remained part of the CIAA until the institution dropped football in 1960. The Lions rejoined the conference when they reinstated the football program in 2008.
"We are pleased to bring on Lincoln University as an associate member for 2018-19," said ECC Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff. "The opportunity to help provide to this historic institution and its baseball and women's soccer student-athletes a conference affiliation was important for our ECC institutions and we look forward to working alongside President Brenda A. Allen and Director of Athletics Harry Stinson to offer a great experience for all involved."
The Lincoln women's soccer program recently completed on of its more successful seasons, winning six games with a tough independent schedule. The team loses just three seniors from their 2017 squad.
The Lions will play the 2018 baseball season as an independent.
The addition of Lincoln will increase the number of schools participating in the ECC to eight in baseball and 10 in women's soccer. With both sports previously having an odd number of teams competing, the Lions will fit seamlessly into scheduled byes on each team's conference schedule.
The Lions are now one of ten schools that are associate members of the East Coast Conference, with seven participating in women's bowling and two in indoor track and field.