Stevenson University announced on Friday that is adding men’s hockey as its 27th NCAA Division III sport with the team’s inaugural season set for 2016-17 where the Mustangs will join the ECAC West.
The university has already begun its search for a head coach. The team will use Reisterstown Sportsplex in Reisterstown, Md., as its game and practice facility.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Stevenson into the ECAC Men’s West Hockey League,” said ECAC president Dr. Kevin McGinniss in a news release. “Stevenson has been an innovative athletics program and adding men’s ice hockey is yet another reminder of the University’s strong commitment to its student-athletes. Stevenson will be a great addition to an already extremely competitive league.”
The Stevenson women’s team, which just completed its third season, posted a program-best 16-8-1 record this year.
“The success of our women’s ice hockey team really paved the way for the addition of a men’s program,” added Stevenson director of athletics Brett Adams. “Not only is our women’s squad enjoying success on the ice, but the quality of student-athletes that we are attracting through the program fits Stevenson University perfectly. We are excited to offer this opportunity to men’s ice hockey players from across the region as well.”