Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seton Hill on the Move, This Time into the Psac

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seton Hill on the Move, This Time into the Psac

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Seton Hill University athletic director Chris Snyder said he sometimes sits in his office -- one that didn't exist not that long ago -- and reflects on how far the school has come in a period of just over a decade.

"It is truly amazing," said Snyder, who arrived at Seton Hill in 2004. "The university has grown leaps and bounds since I've been here and it continues to improve."

For a school that has made a multitude of major changes since the turn of the century, the most recent was becoming a full-time member of one of the top NCAA Division II conferences in the country -- the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Seton Hill, along with Pitt-Johnstown, officially joined the PSAC on July 1. The PSAC had already boasted the most members of any Division II conference, and the new additions made the 18-school conference the largest in the NCAA.

Seton Hill, located in Greensburg, had been a member of the Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) since 2006.

The process of Seton Hill moving into the PSAC happened quickly, Snyder said. While at a golf outing last June, Snyder said that then- Seton Hill president JoAnne Boyle approached him with the news that a large number of WVIAC schools would be leaving to form their own conference.

Seton Hill had explored the possibility of joining the PSAC before going to the WVIAC, but the PSAC wasn't looking to expand at the time.

This time, however, the timing was perfect.

"That Monday [after the golf outing], I got an email from [PSAC] commissioner [Steve] Murray saying, 'We need to talk,'" Snyder recalled. "That's when the process started. Before Labor Day, we were in."

Seton Hill accepted an invitation to join the PSAC that August. The Griffins then competed in the WVIAC for one final season, the conference's last after 89 years.

It marked only the second time in the 61-year history of the PSAC that the conference expanded its full-time membership. …

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