With the start of the 2008 fall sports season comes a new name for the conference.
As of July 1, the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference is now known as the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
“The new name recognizes that we have member schools that are not in Pennsylvania,” Amy J. Friedman, conference commissioner, said according to a press release on csacsports.org. “After years of being confused with other conferences that are similarly named, we will be able to create a new identity and really stand out from the crowd.”
The new name will accommodate schools that are not from Pennsylvania, such as Centennary College from Hackettstown, NJ, the College of Notre Dame located in Baltimore, Maryland,as well as newcomers Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, who has recently become a conference member after competing against the Cavaliers in Lacrosse for a few years.
Despite the change in name, Joe Guinta, director of athletics and recreation, says not much has really changed.
“The name is fine, I haven’t really given that much thought,” Guinta said. “What is more important are the schools in the conference, the people, the leadership in the conference office and the student athletes. No one is going to change how they do things just because of a name change.”