Thomas More to withdraw from PAC

Thomas More president David Armstrong announced Wednesday that the school will end its 12-year membership in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.

Thomas More will compete in the PAC regular seasons and conference championships of 19 league-sponsored sports during the 2017-18 academic year.
“Thomas More College has appreciated its time in the PAC and its member institutions. We look forward to competing in the conference during the 2017-18 academic year while establishing a path for the future of our athletic programs that fits our mission as a Catholic liberal arts college that has a reputation for excellence in the classroom and on the field. With record enrollment growth and plans for campus revitalization, we feel it is the best time for TMC to seek new partnerships which will enhance our strategic goals,” said Armstrong.

“As a former coach and director of athletics, I’ve had the opportunity to represent the PAC in various capacities and certainly cherish my time serving as chair of the PAC’s Presidents’ Council throughout the 60th anniversary celebration during the 2014-15 academic year. The PAC has been and will continue to be a nationally respected conference. We are excited to compete in our final seasons this academic year with the PAC and wish our colleagues well in the future.”

Located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thomas More was announced as the league’s seventh member on April 7, 2005 after spending nine years as a Division III independent. Thomas More fields teams in 22 varsity sports and has sent 71 teams to NCAA championships since joining the NCAA in 1990.

“We have valued our partnership with Thomas More since 2005 and appreciate all of its efforts to support our institutions, our student-athletes and our conference. We have all benefited from Thomas More’s presence in our league over the last 12 years and we certainly wish them the best moving forward,” said commissioner Joe Onderko.