JOHNSON, Vt.- The Northern Vermont University-Johnson (men's volleyball team has been awarded associate membership to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) The Badgers will compete as a member of the NECC beginning in the 2019-2020 season.
"The NECC is pleased to welcome NVU-Johnson to the fold in the sport of men's volleyball." Said Katie Hartman-Boldvich Commissioner of the NECC. "Growing the membership within this sport and providing additional competitive opportunities for our current programs and student-athletes remains a high priority for the conference. We are excited to work with Jamey Ventura, Coach John and the rest of the Badgers staff for years to come".
NVU-Johnson becomes the second school in the state of Vermont to join the NECC for men's volleyball, joining Dean College (MA), Eastern Nazarene (MA), Elms (MA), Endicott (MA), Lesley (MA), Newbury College (MA), Nichols College (MA) and Southern Vermont College.
"Northern Vermont University-Johnson is grateful to the New England Collegiate Conference for accepting us as an associate member in the sport of Men's Volleyball", Said Jamey Ventura, Associate Dean of Athletics. "We believe the conference will be an excellent fit for our program and look forward to competing with the many great teams of the NECC in 2019-2020".
The 2018-19 season is the inaugural season for the Badger's men's volleyball program, and they will play an independent schedule. Head coach Kevin John is excited for the opportunity to join the league. "We are delighted to be a member of the New England Collegiate Conference and look forward to contributing to the leagues traditions for men's volleyball".