Chatham University to join men’s Division III ranks for 2017-18 season

Chatham University announced Monday the addition of men’s hockey to its roster of NCAA Division III varsity sports for the 2017-18 academic year.

The school will boast the first D-III men’s hockey team in Pittsburgh and only the fourth program across the entire state when it takes the ice in 2017.

“In 1996, Chatham was the first college in Pennsylvania to put together an NCAA women’s hockey team,” said Chatham athletic director Leonard Trevino in a statement. “We are excited to build on our proud hockey tradition and once again be the first to bring a D-III hockey team to the Pittsburgh region with the addition of men’s ice hockey.”

A decision on the conference that the Cougars will compete in is not final. A search for a head coach begins immediately.

Chatham is a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and offers nine Division III women’s sports and seven men’s sports.