The Mid-American Conference announced Friday the addition of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as an affiliate member in men’s soccer for the 2018 season and wrestling for the 2018-19 season.
With the addition of SIUE, the MAC will have six men’s soccer programs – four full MAC members (NIU, Akron, Bowling Green and Western Michigan) and two affiliate members (SIUE and West Virginia.
SIUE also will be one of nine wrestling programs, including NIU.
“Joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in these two sports is not only a compliment, but also a recognition and validation of each program’s recent success,” said SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt. “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.
“Conference affiliations are always evolving, and institutions are constantly pursuing the best academic, social and competitive opportunities for their student-athletes,” he said. “Our decision to accept the MAC’s invitation is based on many factors, including increased national branding, cost containment, augmentation of existing rivalries, the development of new regional rivalries and SIUE’s general student recruitment focus in major metropolitan areas. Our coaches, student-athletes and fans are going to be excited for these new challenges.”