COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson announced today the addition of Colorado College as an affiliate member in women’s soccer beginning in the fall of 2014.
Colorado College becomes just the second institution in the 15-year history of the Mountain West to join the Conference as an affiliate member. The University of Hawai‘i joined the MW as an affiliate member in football starting with the 2012 season.
“Colorado College has a growing national reputation in women’s soccer and the Mountain West will certainly benefit,” Thompson said. “In addition, the natural geographic proximity will support our scheduling efforts.”
The addition of the Tigers brings the total number of teams competing in Mountain West women’s soccer to 12. Colorado College joins full-time members Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San José State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming.
The Tigers will be eligible to compete in the 2014 MW Women’s Soccer Championship, which will be contested Nov. 4-8 at San Diego State University. The winner of the MW Women’s Soccer Championship receives the Conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship.
A liberal arts school located in Colorado Springs, Colorado College mainly competes at the Division III level in intercollegiate athletics, with the exception of men’s ice hockey and women’s soccer. In women’s soccer, the Tigers have achieved a great deal of success in recent years, by evidence of their back-to-back Conference USA championships and consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, including hosting an opening round match in 2013.
Colorado College has made 11 Women’s Soccer Championship appearances in school history, and reached the College Cup championship game in 1986 and 1989.
“The Mountain West continues to demonstrate its commitment to women’s athletics and its pursuit of excellence,” said Colorado College’s Director of Athletics Ken Ralph. “We could not be more proud to join the conference at such an exciting time in the league’s history.”