West Babylon, N.Y. - On Friday morning, the East Coast Conference announced its Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the College of Staten Island for membership in the ECC. CSI is currently a member of NCAA Division III meaning its provisional member status in the ECC is contingent upon acceptance into the NCAA Division II membership process.
Full membership in the ECC will be contingent upon CSI successfully completing the NCAA-mandated three year transition to achieve active member status in Division II.
"We are very excited to make this announcement and to welcome the College of Staten Island to our conference," stated ECC Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff. "CSI is such a big part of the Staten Island community and has a history of success in Division III athletics. We have had the opportunity to meet and work with both CSI President Fritz and Athletic Director Charles Gomes as they explored this plan to transition to Division II and have been very impressed with their teams, coaches, staff and facilities. We feel strongly that they will be a outstanding fit for the ECC and will have a great opportunity to continue their success."
Like current ECC member Queens College, CSI is a public institution that is part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system. CSI's athletic department is housed at the college's Willowbrook campus, which at 204 acres is the largest of any college within New York City's five boroughs.
The Dolphins currently sponsor 17 sports of which 15 are currently championship sponsored sports in the ECC (baseball, men's/women's basketball, men's/women's cross country, men's/women's indoor track & field, men's/women's outdoor track & field, men's/women's soccer, softball, men's/women's tennis, and women's volleyball).
"Our move to NCAA Division II is something that our campus has been building up to for many years," said College of Staten Island President, Dr. William J. Fritz. "Since I've become President, I've had a vision of increasing the presence of athletic opportunities for our student-athletes on campus, and we've made an effort to bolster our athletic program through improved staffing, branding, strong academic discipline and the invigoration of school spirit through sport. All of the things that we have done has made it possible to take advantage of this opportunity when it came along."