Avila to join KCAC in 2018-19

By Steve Sell
June 08, 2017

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference continues to grow.

Conference officials announced on Wednesday that Avila University of Kansas City, Mo., will be in the fold beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

For many years a 10-team conference, the KCAC now consists of 13 members, including a school each from Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

“We are delighted to have Avila University join our ranks. This addition further establishes the KCAC as a flagship conference within the NAIA,” KCAC Commissioner Dr. Scott Crawford said in a news release. “Avila's presence provides several opportunities in the Kansas City market to our current membership. It allows for additional alumni networking, increases the recruitment of student-athletes and strengthens geographic balance within the conference footprint."

Avila does have football, which means 11 of the conference schools compete in that sport.

"Avila University is delighted to be accepted into the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The KCAC is made up of colleges and universities that reflect similar missions to Avila and I believe our membership will allow us to continue to grow as an institution," Avila University President Dr. Ron Slepitza said in a release. "We look forward to joining such a long-standing and prestigious conference that shares many of our same values for the academic and spiritual development of student-athletes."

Avila is a four-year Catholic University sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and is a values-based community of learning providing liberal arts, professional, undergraduate and graduate education to prepare students for responsible, lifelong contributions to the global community. Avila, which opened as St. Teresa's College in 1916 before becoming Avila in 1963, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.