The NCHA and WIAC announced Tuesday that the two conferences have reached an agreement that will see the WIAC members leave the NCHA following the upcoming 2012-13 season – a year earlier than originally planned.
According to a news release, the conferences elected to expedite the departure of the WIAC members due primarily to the scheduling complications that would result if the WIAC members remained through the 2013-14 academic year.
“After considerable discussion, it was determined that it was in the best interest of both the NCHA and the WIAC to move up the departure date,” NCHA commisioner Bill Kronschnabel and WIAC commissioner Gary Karner said in a joint statement. “In so doing, both conferences can begin immediately to stabilize their respective memberships and to develop long-term scheduling agreements.”
The WIAC members withdrawing from the NCHA are Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin-River Falls, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin-Superior.