In a story published in the latest Merrimack Magazine, Merrimack director of athletics, Jeremy Gibson, commented on the athletic department’s continued initiative to move all of the Warriors’ athletic programs to Division I status.
Currently, only the men’s hockey program is Division I. This coming fall, Merrimack will begin it’s second Division I program with the inaugural season of the women’s hockey program.
“We are very pleased with the feedback that we are doing all the right things to position Merrimack Athletics to make a successful transition to Division I when we receive a conference invitation,” Gibson said in the story.
Over the past several months, Merrimack has visited several Division I institutions, have had conversations with potential conferences, and have hosted conference officials on the Merrimack campus.
The process first began in the fall of 2011, when Merrimack president Dr. Christopher Hopey mentioned the college was exploring the move in his inauguration address.
“We received very positive response from various conferences through our conversations, our visits to those schools and their visits to us,” Gibson continued. “Ultimately, we need to show them we’re an institution with which they want to be affiliated.
“Student-athletes at Merrimack have the opportunity to pursue excellence athletically and academically, and that really is what we’re all about.”
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN