Maranatha to Withdraw from Northern Athletics Conference

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Maranatha has formally announced that it will withdraw from the Northern Athletics Conference at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. The NAC Council of Chief Executive Officers accepted the request earlier this week.

The decision to withdraw from the NAC came as a result of the CCEO (Presidents of the Conference Executive Committee, excluding Dr. Marriott) drafting a resolution asking Maranatha to withdraw from the conference, citing our inability to consistently compete and the Strength of Schedules Index (SSI) of non-conference opponents. The SSI unintentionally hurt the NAC schools as they would advance in the NCAA region but were then seeded lower due to strength of our schedule.

“In the six year history of the NAC, Maranatha has struggled to be consistently competitive among the NAC institutions despite our efforts to improve the strength of our athletic programs. We have made a number of coaching changes, increased our recruiting efforts, and hired athletic personnel, but the fact remains that we are not like the other institutions in in the NAC and our recruiting pool of student-athletes is not equal. We do not base our judgment of the quality, success and value of the athletic program on the wins or losses, nor on the recognition of any specific team or individual; but rather on the overall experience of the student-athlete, the opportunity to learn and grow in each individual’s own knowledge and ability, and most importantly, to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in all that we do,” Maranatha Athletic Director Rob Thompson stated.

NAC Commissioner Dr. Steve Larson commented, “We are grateful for the value of sportsmanship and positive character displayed by the MBBC student-athletes, coaches and community as members of the NAC. We wish them the best with their intercollegiate athletic programs as they move forward.”

“God has been very good to us and we are thankful that He has allowed us to do much with sometimes very limited resources.  This is a tribute to both the caliber of our coaches and character of our athletes. Maranatha’s program is stronger today due to our experiences in the Northern Athletic Conference and the NCAA. We will look forward to continued athletic relationships and competition with select NAC member institutions in non-conference events as we continue to move forward”, says Maranatha President, Dr. Marty Marriott.

Maranatha will continue to offer 11 intercollegiate athletic programs in the NCAA DIII as an independent member, while also remaining in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Midwest Region. “Maranatha is committed to maintaining a strong intercollegiate program”, says Thompson, “We believe the athletic experiences of the student-athlete prepare them for life, ministry, marriage, service and leadership.”

During the 2012-13 academic year Maranatha will explore the options of aligning with another NCAA DIII conference in our geographical area, without sacrificing the academic, ministry and spiritual qualities and expectations that have defined Maranatha.

Student-athletes, alumni, parents as well as other stake-holders are welcome to contact Athletic Director Rob Thompson if they have further questions or concerns.

–By the Maranatha Athletic Department

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