John Carroll University of University Heights, Ohio, has accepted a unanimous invitation to join the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Blue Streaks will begin NCAC competition in 2025-26.

“For 40 years, the NCAC has been a values driven conference committed to fostering a complementary relationship between athletic and academic excellence,” said Adam Weinberg, president of both Denison University and the NCAC. “John Carroll shares our values and commitments and will be a great addition to the conference. I am excited to welcome them.”

The NCAC was founded in 1983 based upon the principles of a strong commitment to equality, a firm belief in a broad-based athletic program as part of an institutions’ greater academic mission and a reliance on mutual trust and presidential leadership. Beginning play in 1984-85, the conference now sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

The expansion brings the core NCAC membership to 10 NCAA Division III institutions spanning Ohio and Indiana. John Carroll joins Denison University (Granville, OH), Hiram College (Hiram, OH), Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH), Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH), Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN), Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH) and the College of Wooster (Wooster, OH). The NCAC also includes four field hockey affiliate members in Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania: Allegheny College (Meadville, PA), Earlham College (Richmond, IN), Transylvania University (Lexington, KY) and Washington & Jefferson College (Washington, PA).