St. Norbert To Become NACC Affiliate Member In Men's Volleyball

St. Norbert College will join the NACC as an affiliate member in men's volleyball in 2020.
St. Norbert College will join the NACC as an affiliate member in men's volleyball in 2020.

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference has added St. Norbert College as an affiliate member in the sport of men's volleyball beginning the 2020 season to expand the league into a 10-team field.

"We are very pleased to have St. Norbert College join the NACC as an affiliate member for men's volleyball," said NACC Commissioner G. Steven Larson. "They bring a commitment to both academics and athletics that mirrors the core values of the NACC. They will be a strong partner as we continue to grow the sport of men's volleyball."

The 2020 season will serve as the first that St. Norbert will offer men's volleyball as an intercollegiate varsity sport, Director of Athletics Tim Bald announced.

Men's volleyball just completed its inaugural season in the NACC with seven members including Aurora University, Benedictine University, Concordia University Wisconsin, Dominican University, Lakeland University, Marian University and MSOE. Dominican and Benedictine shared the regular-season title as both went 10-2 in league play. The Stars topped the Eagles in the NACC Tournament championship, 3-2, and then advanced all the way to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship.

Concordia University Chicago will begin its men's volleyball program next season while Illinois Institue of Technology joins the NACC as a full member in the fall and will be the ninth team to sponsor the sport in 2019.

Founded in 1898, St. Norbert is a Catholic liberal arts institution, located in De Pere, Wis. The college has a total enrollment of 2,211.

"We have a long and proud history of exceptional athletics at St. Norbert College, dating all the way back to 1916, when we offered our first intercollegiate athletic sport," St. Norbert president Brian Bruess said. "Twenty-two sports later we are delighted to add men's volleyball to that list, and we look forward to building a winning tradition both in the classroom and on the court."

The NACC currently sponsors 19 sports and consists of 12 private colleges and universities from the shared-border states of Illinois and Wisconsin, all of which are NCAA Division III members. The members of the NACC include Alverno College, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Concordia University Chicago, Concordia University Wisconsin, Dominican University, Edgewood College, Lakeland College, Marian University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Rockford University and Wisconsin Lutheran College.