As the conference enters its 50th year of existence, the MASCAC is excited to share our commemorative 50th anniversary logo and webpage that will highlight all the accomplishments of our student-athletes and institutions over the last half century to kickoff the celebration.
During the 1970-71 academic year, at the urging of State College Trustee Howard C. Smith, the athletic directors of the Massachusetts State Colleges held a series of meetings to discuss the possibility of forming an athletic conference. In June of 1971, Smith's dream became a reality as an affirmative agreement was reached and the MASCAC was created. In September of 1974, James Sullivan Director of Athletics at Boston State, was appointed to act as the first commissioner of the MASCAC.
Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the MASCAC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with special MASCAC Made features, facts and trivia commemorating the event. Our conference has a rich history of success on the playing field and in the classroom. Over the academic year, the conference will be highlighting the student-athletes, teams, coaches, and administrators from the last 50 years.
The MASCAC Made series looks at former student-athletes who are currently working at a MASCAC institution or those that have made an impact following graduation from a MASCAC institution. The features will be in several different formats, including a traditional article while some will be Q&A format and recorded interviews.
"We are excited to celebrate the MASCAC'S 50th anniversary this year," MASCAC Commissioner Angela Baumann said. "The MASCAC has a rich and storied history in Massachusetts. This year gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize our outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administrators and institutions along with their successes."
The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the nation's oldest Division III men's and women's playing conference, has a rich and storied tradition of competitive success while celebrating excellence in the classroom. MASCAC member schools include Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, MCLA, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University. Two other institutions, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Plymouth State University, are affiliate members of the conference in the sports of football and men's ice hockey, while Western Connecticut State University joined the conference as a football affiliate member in 2013. Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Mitchell College and Springfield College joined as men's golf affiliates in 2019.