The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will be leaving the Mid-American Conference and joining Conference USA in 2022.
On Monday, it was announced that West Virginia will be joining Conference USA as an affiliate member for men’s soccer.
West Virginia will be joining the current eight teams in the conference (Marshall, Charlotte, Florida International, Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, South Carolina, UAB, and Old Dominion) as well as Coastal Carolina which will join in fall of 2021.
“We’re very excited by the news and our conference realignment for the fall of 2022,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “I must thank Shane Lyons, Simon Dover and the rest of our administration for their help, support, and foresight in our program’s transition. Conference USA has quickly become a men’s soccer powerhouse, with so many reputable schools that have a strong tradition. Our program’s ambition is to compete with the very best in the country, and we believe that Conference USA provides us the platform to do that. I also want to thank the Mid-American Conference for providing WVU with a great home. I was part of the staff when we entered the MAC, and it has continued to be a tough league with a formidable RPI standing year after year. I have been particularly appreciative of my fellow coaches within the MAC, along with Jeff Bacon, who has done an incredible job navigating a very difficult campaign with the pandemic.”
West Virginia will be leaving the Mid-American Conference (MAC) which as been home to West Virginia since 2012 when WVU made the transition from the Big East to the Big 12.
“First and foremost, I want to thank the MAC for being an excellent place to call home for the past decade,” WVU Senior Associate Athletics Director/Business Operations, CFO Simon Dover said. “I am extremely excited about the trajectory of our men’s soccer program in the coming years. With the hiring of Coach Stratford in January 2020, and a bright future ahead, I’m greatly looking forward to seeing this next step in Conference USA, headed by a spirited leader with lots of optimism.”
West Virginia finished the season with a 6-3-1 record in spring play, in Stratford’s first full season as the head coach of the West Virginia men’s soccer team.