AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference and commissioner David Brunk are pleased to announced that Embry-Riddle University will join the league as an associate member in men's and women's Track & Field beginning with the 2017-18 season. Embry-Riddle will become the third associate member for track & field, joining Nova Southeastern University and the Florida Institute of Technology. The addition of ERAU gives the PBC seven men's teams and eight women's teams.
"We are thrilled to welcome Embry-Riddle track & field to the Peach Belt," said commissioner Brunk. "AD John Phillips and head coach Mike Rosolino have built a very well-respected and accomplished program. Their tradition runs deep and they will be immediately competitive in our league."
Embry-Riddle will compete in their first PBC Championship April 19-21, 2018. The event will be hosted by UNC Pembroke.
"This was an easy decision for us," said ERAU athletic director Phillips. "As we made the transition into NCAA Division II, we wanted a place for our student-athletes in track & field to compete for a championship. We reached out to Nova Southeastern and Florida Teach and they both had great things to say about the Peach Belt and their track & field championship experience."
Founded in 1926, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University opened their Daytona Beach, Fla., campus in 1965, with a second campus in Prescott, Ariz., opening in 1978. Embry-Riddle enrolled 31,100 students in the 2015-16 academic year, offering more than 80 degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. level, in the following areas: aviation; applied science; business; computers and technology; engineering; security, intelligence, and safety; and space.
The Embry-Riddle track and field program began in 2005. The men's program has had three individual national champions, won nine conference titles and finished fifth at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in 2009, while the women's program boasts 13 individual national championships and seven conference titles, as well as fourth-place finishes at both the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in 2012.
Peach Belt Conference track & field begins its sixth year in 2017-18. PBC men's teams have had nine NCAA All-Americans, including two this past spring. PBC women's track & field teams have produced 13 All-Americans, with one at the 2017 NCAA Championships.