PITTSBURGH - With the official disbanding of the American Mideast Conference on July 1, 2012, the next chapter in Point Park University athletics has arrived with competition in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference beginning in the Fall of 2012.
Point Park was accepted into the KIAC in January 2012, and the 2012-13 school year will be its first in the NAIA league that has 12 schools spread across Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri. All 11 of Point Park's varsity sports teams will be members of the KIAC.
Point Park had been in the AMC since 1998-99, but the league officially ended its time as a conference on July 1. AMC Commissioner Jim Houdeshell sent a memo to conference schools stating that the AMC would end its 62-year existence after its membership dwindled over the last few years. The AMC had 16 members as recently as 2008-09. Of its eight members in its final year of 2011-12, only two were left at the end of the school year.
With membership in the KIAC, Point Park is beginning a new chapter in its athletics history, one that has included national affiliation with the NAIA for its entire 45 years of athletics versus four-year schools.
The KIAC has 12 schools: Point Park University, Carlow (Pa.) University, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, Asbury (Ky.) University, Berea (Ky.) College, Brescia (Ky.) University, Cincinnati Christian (OH) University, Indiana University East, Indiana University Southeast, Midway (Ky.) College, Mountain State (W.Va.) University and St. Louis (Mo.) College of Pharmacy.
On July 3, 2012, Point Park Director of Athletics Dan Swalga sat down for a video interview discussing the key aspects of the Pioneers' new conference affiliation. He was excited to share with fans, alumni, faculty, staff, students and media what the KIAC brings to Point Park. Click the link above for the video interview via YouTube.