St. Joseph’s will leave the HVIAC for the Skyline Conference
St. Joseph’s College got some huge news on Tuesday when it became official that it will be leaving the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to join the Skyline Conference, the school’s president Jack Calareso and Skyline Commissioner Linda Bruno announced.
“St. Joseph’s is proud to have both of its campuses as members of the Skyline Conference,” stated Calareso who was also referring to St. Joseph’s Long Island. “This opportunity will provide our student-athletes on our Brooklyn Campus with the opportunity to compete against the best competition in NCAA Division-III and showcase their talents, dedication, and character to a wider audience.”
“We’re honored that Brooklyn will join their Long Island counterpart as members of the Skyline Conference,” said Bruno. “St. Joseph’s has been a tremendous asset to the conference and I’m confident that the addition of the Brooklyn Campus will further our tradition of academic and athletic excellence.”
This is a big step for the Brooklyn campus that joined the NCAA Division-III in 2011, but remained an independent member. The immediate benefit is that in addition to student-athlete awards and NCAA grants, the school will now compete for championships which will give it another route to the NCAA tournament.
The Skyline Conference, which was formed in 1989, features 10 other colleges including Farmingdale State, Maritime, Mount St. Mary, Mount St. Vincent, Old Westbury, Purchase, Sage, Sarah Lawrence, St. Joseph’s Long Island and Yeshiva University. It conducts championships in 17 sports including all of the sports St. Joseph’s Brooklyn participates in. Championship winners get an automatic bid in the NCAA Division-III National Championships.
“Joining an NCAA-affiliated conference was always in our roadmap of attaining NCAA membership,” remarked Athletic Director Frank P. Carbone. “With The Hill Center set to open shortly and our teams seeing recent success and growth, I’m confident now is the right time to take the next step.”
This comes on the heels of St. Joseph’s opening the Hill Center in Fort Greene, a 40,000 square foot athletic facility. The Hill Center will hold 270 spectators for basketball and volleyball and houses the athletic staff’s offices as well as a fitness center.
While this is amazing news for the Brooklyn school, Carbone couldn’t help but be at least somewhat saddened by the school’s departure from the HVIAC as he is a past president of the conference.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce our departure from the Hudson Valley,” said Carbone. “Our membership was critical in the growth of our athletics program and helping us ultimately reach NCAA membership. I am thankful for all the camaraderie among the Hudson Valley schools and hope to continue our rivalries in the future, but I cannot wait for the enhanced competition and the new rivalries that are sure to develop with our joining the Skyline Conference.”