Henry Biesiot Activities Center News

Dickinson State to join North Star Athletic Association

Amy Magstadt, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595, Amy.Magstadt@dickinsonstate.edu

Dickinson State University announced this afternoon during a press conference at the Biesiot Activities Center that the institution has accepted an invitation to become a member of the newly formed North Star Athletic Association (NSAA). Approval for the newly formed conference was given by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) earlier in the week.

The new conference, with the recent addition of DSU, will now be comprised of six universities in the Upper Midwest. The five schools that have actively been working on the new conference and are charter members include: Dakota State University of Madison, S.D.; Jamestown College of Jamestown, N.D.; Mayville State University of Mayville, N.D.; Presentation College of Aberdeen, S.D.; and Valley City State University of Valley City, N.D.

“Our decision was based on what would be best for our student athletes including whether or not the alliance will improve the academic experience for our student athletes by allowing for less travel; whether our athletes will have greater opportunity to compete in conference championships; and whether the long-term history of competition with members of the new conference will enhance the experiences of our student athletes, teams and those that support Dickinson State," said Dr. D.C. Coston.

“The answer to all of these questions is ‘yes.’ We are delighted to become a member of this wonderful conference,” said Coston.

DSU will begin competition in the NSAA during the 2014-2015 academic year. DSU is currently a member of the NAIA’s Frontier Conference and will compete in the Frontier through the 2013-2014 academic year.