On Monday, July 1, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University officially became full members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Monmouth and Quinnipiac, formerly of the NEC, are the first full member institutions to join the MAAC since the 1997-98 academic year when Marist and Rider joined the league.
The MAAC is now made up of 11 full members with the addition of Monmouth and Quinnipiac. On July 1, Loyola (Md.) left the MAAC to join the Patriot League. Loyola (Md.) had been a member of the MAAC since 1989. Loyola (Md.) is the first full-member institution to leave the MAAC since La Salle in 1992.
Below is a deeper look at Monmouth and its athletic program. On Wednesday, GoGriffs.com will feature an in-depth look at Quinnipiac.
Location: West Long Branch, N.J.
Enrollment: 6,000 (4,500 undergraduates)
School Colors: Midnight Blue and White
President: Paul G. Gaffney II (will be Dr. Paul Brown, as of Aug. 1)
Director of Athletics: Dr. Marilyn McNeil
Senior Woman Administrator: Rachelle Paul
Faculty Athletic Representative: Dr. Richard Veit
Canisius vs. Monmouth
Men’s Basketball: 0-0
Women’s Basketball: 0-0
Men’s Lacrosse: 0-0
Women’s Lacrosse: Canisius leads 2-0
Men’s Soccer: 0-0-0
Women’s Soccer: Monmouth leads 2-0-0
Softball: Monmouth leads 2-1
Monmouth Facts and Stats
• Monmouth joins the MAAC after winning five NEC Commissioner’s Cups. The Hawks tallied 35 NEC regular-season championships, 63 NEC Tournament titles (including cross country, golf, tennis and track) and the school has made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Two members of the Hawks’ athletic staff are former Golden Griffin student-athletes. Rachelle (Held) Paul played women’s lacrosse and soccer at Canisius and is currently Monmouth’s associate athletic director and Senior Woman Administrator, while Maggie Martini, a former member of the Griffs’ women’s soccer program and a former graduate assistant in the athletic department, is an assistant on Monmouth’s marketing and promotions staff. Additionally, Greg Viscomi, assistant athletic director for communications and new media at Monmouth, earned his master’s in sport administration from Canisius in 2004 after serving as a graduate assistant in the Canisius athletic department for two years.
• The Hawks play their home basketball games in the Multipurpose Activity Center (The MAC). The state-of-the-art building cost $57 million and opened in the fall of 2009.
• The Monmouth head men’s basketball coach King Rice played collegiately at North Carolina under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith. He graduated from UNC in 1992 and finished his career ranked third all-time in Tar Heel history with 629 assists.
• Monmouth’s men and women’s lacrosse, football and track teams compete at Kessler Field.
• Monmouth is one of two current MAAC schools to sponsor varsity football, joining Marist. The Hawks will play in the Big South (FCS) in 2014.
• The Monmouth men’s soccer team has been nationally ranked in six-straight years, reaching as high as No. 5 in national polls back in 2009. The Hawks have hosted two NCAA Tournament first round games on campus.
• Christine Rampone, the captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, played on Monmouth’s women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and women’s basketball teams during her time on campus before focusing on soccer.