MACHIAS — The University of Maine at Machias has joined the United States Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of the Yankee Small College Conference and will compete in that conference this fall, the school announced in a press release Monday.
Since 2002, UMM has competed as a member of the Sunrise Conference, part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The move to the YSCC will be a good fit for the Clippers, according to UMM athletic director Brac Brady.
“We’re excited to join the USCAA as a member of the Yankee Conference,” Brady said in the press release. “Our conference schedules will include more games with Maine schools, meaning our student-athletes will spend less time traveling and more time competing.”
The closer-to-home schedules will also aid the Clippers’ recruitment efforts, according to Brady.
“Our program stands to benefit from the increased exposure throughout Maine,” said Brady. “Recruits from in state will have the opportunity to see us play more often in central, northern, and southern Maine. It certainly makes recruiting easier if they’ve heard of us or seen our teams compete.”
The YSCC is comprised of two- and four-year schools primarily from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Also making their debut in the YSCC next season will be Paul Smith’s College (Paul Smith’s, N.Y.), College of St. Joseph (Rutland, Vt.), and Hampshire College (Amherst, Mass.), bringing the total number of conference members to 15.
UMM offers nine varsity sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, and volleyball.