UMM Clippers Join Yankee Small College Conference
MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has announced that it will compete in a new athletic conference this fall. The Clippers have joined the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) as a member of the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC).
Since 2002, UMM has competed as a member of the Sunrise Conference, part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
According to UMM Athletic Director Brac Brady, the move to the YSCC will be a good fit for the Clippers.
“We’re excited to join the USCAA as a member of the Yankee Conference,” said Brady, who has served as athletic director since 2007. “Our conference schedules will include more games with Maine schools, meaning our student-athletes will spend less time traveling and more time competing.”
The closer-to-home schedules will also aid the Clippers’ recruitment efforts.
“Our program stands to benefit from the increased exposure throughout Maine,” said Brady. “Recruits from in state will have the opportunity to see us play more often in central, northern, and southern Maine. It certainly makes recruiting easier if they’ve heard of us or seen our teams compete.”
A growing conference in the USCAA, the Yankee Small College Conference is comprised of two- and four-year schools primarily from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
After an extensive review that included an on-site visit by YSCC representatives, UMM was voted into the conference by the organization’s board of directors. Also making their debut in the YSCC next season will be Paul Smith’s College (Paul Smith’s, N.Y.), College of St. Joseph (Rutland, Vt.), and Hampshire College (Amherst, Mass.), bringing the total number of conference members to 15.
2010-2011 brought several expansions to UMM’s athletics program, including the addition of a golf team and bringing back cross country after a several year hiatus. In addition, four new part-time coaches were hired for cross country, golf, volleyball, and women’s basketball.
Despite the changes in their coaching staff, the women’s basketball team saw tremendous post-season success. After a stunning upset of SUNY-Canton to win the Sunrise Conference championship, first-year coach Skip Alley’s Clippers earned their first-ever berth in the NAIA national tournament. The Clippers traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, where they lost their opening-round match up against the number one team in the nation, the Davenport Panthers.
UMM offers nine varsity sports – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, and volleyball.
For more information about Clipper Athletics, visit www.ummclippers.com.