One month ago, the University and Chancellor Leo Morton announced the incorporation of UMKC to the Western Athletic Conference, having outgrown the Summit League.
Moving over to the WAC should not be looked at as an experiment and I believe it to be one of the best decisions made by UMKC for the Athletics Department.
To start, the WAC has fifty years of intercollegiate competition and has experienced tremendous success over the years. For example, this conference has partnered with ESPN for live coverage of basketball, offering the athletes national exposure.
Many big-named universities around the country are affiliated with the conference, including Seattle University, Denver University, Louisiana Tech, and Texas State, which will allow our Roos’ to play against better teams.According to Chancellor Morton, this move will also improve community engagement and financial strengthBig schools will come play at UMKC and will drive ticket sales and relationships between schools., As soon as the news was announced, I could not wait to ask everyone about it. I talked to players and coaches from every sport and everyone was excited about the change.
“We are all excited”, said Women’s Soccer coach Chris Cissel., Zach Balthazar from the Men’s Soccer team and Trinity Hall who plays basketball, said the exact same thing.
I am unaware of anyone who is saddened or disappointed by this great announcement. The teams will travel further and will compete against different schools.
In my opinion, change is always good, so let’s all support our Roos’ on this new journey and put UMKC on the nation’s map.