Lock Haven will shift to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division when Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown enter the conference for the 2013-2014 academic year.
"We have always tried to approach alignments based on geography. I think the athletics administrators kept that in mind throughout the decision-making process, and the outcomes certainly reflect this approach," PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray said in a statement announcing changes to the conference's alignment.
The addition of Seton Hill, a small Catholic school in Greensburg, and Pitt-Johnstown was announced last summer. LIU-Post, an associate member for football and lacrosse, will be leaving to return to the Northeast-10 Conference now that that conference has dropped its scholarship limits, although that move has not been officially announced.
With the addition of the two schools will give the PSAC 18 members, forming the largest conference in terms of membership in any NCAA division.
Since Pitt-Johnstown does not sponsor football, the loss of LIU-Post and the addition of Seton Hill means football will retain its 16-team, two-division format. Lock Haven will join East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Bloomsburg, Millersville, West Chester, Cheyney and Shippensburg in the East. Seton Hill, which is leaving the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association, will replace Lock Haven in the West.
In men's and women's basketball, both new schools will join the PSAC West, with Lock Haven shifting to the East to compose two nine-team divisions. They are the only sports with full participation from all 18 conference members.
Lock Haven's shift to the East in baseball will give the division eight teams. Cheyney does not offer either baseball or softball.
Softball, which had been divided into three five-team divisions, will now split into two eight-team divisions, with Lock Haven in the East and Seton Hill in the West. Pitt-Johnstown does not have a softball team.
In 2013 field hockey will feature 11 teams and will join men's and women's soccer, men's tennis and women's lacrosse which play a single round-robin schedule in a non-divisional format.