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Colby-Sawyer Officially Joins GNAC as Full Core Member


Colby-Sawyer becomes
13th GNAC full member

WINTHROP, Mass. – With the new fiscal year arriving on July 1, Colby-Sawyer College has become an official core member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. 

Colby-Sawyer's campus is home to more than 1,200 students in New London, N.H., located approximately 90 minutes north of Boston and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Lake Sunapee region. The private, independent undergraduate institution was founded in 1837 and is dedicated to providing educational programs in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Chargers, led by co-athletic directors Bill Foti and George Martin, will compete in 17 championship sports in the GNAC, which sponsors 20 championship events in total. The GNAC Presidents' Council and Athletic Directors' Council voted back in May 2016 to accept Colby-Sawyer and Regis (Mass.) as full members, with Regis beginning GNAC play during the 2017-18 academic year.

"Like Regis, Colby-Sawyer has a track record of commitment to the GNAC's core values and are like-minded academically, athletically and geographically with our current member institutions," said GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh. "I am confident that the addition of Colby-Sawyer will have a positive effect on the GNAC and our student-athletes."

The Chargers join the GNAC after seven extremely successful seasons as members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). Prior to that, Colby-Sawyer was a longtime member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). 

"I look forward to Colby-Sawyer joining the GNAC in 2018-2019," said Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner back in 2016. "Our students will benefit from the high level of competition closer to home, and with less time on the road for away games, they will have more time to dedicate to their primary commitment of academics."

On campus, Colby-Sawyer's athletic faciltiies include the Sally Shaw Veitch Track and Field, the Dan & Kathleen Hogan Sports Center, the Kelsey Courts (tennis), the Kelsey Soccer Field, and the Knight Natatorium. 

"We're very excited to join the GNAC and the opportunities it provides our student-athletes," said Foti. "The GNAC geographic footprint brings us closer to our historical recruiting stomping grounds and to our alumni base. To join a group of private institutions like Colby-Sawyer is a logical next step in our athletic history."

"We are excited about having conference members in all six New England states," said Martin. "Being a member of the GNAC will allow our current student-athletes to compete in their hometown areas, give our outstanding coaches opportunities to recruit in a wider range of locations, and allow our alumni opportunities to see us play throughout New England."

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Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.