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Thiel College to renew regional rivalry with return of former PAC member to conference


Thiel College to renew regional rivalry with return of former PAC member to conference

GREENVILLE, Pa.— Thiel College will renew a Presidents’ Athletic Conference rivalry with a nearby-neighbor with the announcement that Allegheny College will be rejoining the conference, effective July 1, 2022.

Allegheny was previously a member of the PAC from 1958 to 1984. The College fields 23 varsity athletic teams. The College will retain its current affiliation as a full-time member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) until June 30, 2022. As a founding member of the NCAC, Allegheny has competed in the league since its inception in 1984. Allegheny intends to remain an affiliate member of the NCAC in the sport of field hockey after that time, as the PAC does not currently sponsor the sport.

“We look forward to the outstanding competitions that will take place with Allegheny as part of the PAC. The two colleges have so much in common. This is an outstanding opportunity for Thiel and the conference,” Thiel College Director of Athletics Amy Schafer said.

Located in Meadville, Pa., Allegheny College will be the third school in the PAC that is less than a 30-mile drive from Thiel College.

The Tomcats and Gators are scheduled to play in the opening football game this season, at Allegheny on September 4.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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