The Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) has announced the expansion of the league with three teams set to join in the 2017-18 academic year. Kean University, Neumann University, and Southern Virginia University will join the CVC next year to bring the league to 11 members for the 2018 season. In addition CVC Commissioner Graeme Millar announced that Thiel College, one of the original members of the league, will be leaving the conference in the 2018-19 academic year.
"We are excited to welcome Kean, Neumann, and Southern Virginia to the CVC," said CVC Commissioner Graeme Millar. "All three schools will add to the level of play in the CVC and fit what we are looking for as a conference. The CVC strives to continue the growth of men's volleyball and provide an outlet for student-athletes looking to play at the NCAA Division III level."
Kean University is a public institution established in 1855 and is located in Union, New Jersey. They hold an enrollment of 16,000 students and support 13 athletic programs. The Cougars inaugural men's volleyball season was in 2011 and they have quickly risen to success, making the NCAA Division III Tournament in each of the last five years. Head Coach Charlie Ginex guided the team to a 31-7 record last year and their fifth consecutive Skyline Conference Championship. To learn more about the Kean University Cougars click HERE
Neumann University, located in Aston, Pennsylvania, was established in 1965 and the private institution holds an enrollment of over 1,800 students while sponsoring 24 intercollegiate sports programs. The men's volleyball team is one of the newest programs added at Neumann with their first season set for the 2017-18 academic year. The Knights are currently looking for the program's first coach and you can find out more about Knight athletics HERE
Southern Virginia University is located in Buena Vista, Virginia and was established in 1867. The private institution has an enrollment of 804 students and includes 18 varsity sports programs. Southern Virginia announced the addition of the men's volleyball program this past summer and will compete in their first games this spring under the direction of head coach Tom Peterson. You can read more on the Southern Virginia Knights HERE
The addition of Kean, Neumann, and Southern Virginia are in addition to the approval of Alvernia University's membership to the CVC this past spring. The CVC will feature 11 members in 2018 before settling with 10 members in the 2019 season after the departure of Thiel.
"Thiel has been contemplating a move for awhile," said Millar. "We certainly wish them well in their new conference."
The CVC is a nation-wide men's volleyball conference with NCAA Division III institutions focused on academic and athletic excellence.