Area schools Jamestown College, Mayville State and Valley City State will have a lot of tough decisions in the next year or so as they decide the best way to proceed with their athletic programs. With the Dakota Athletic Conference on the verge of the dissolving each of the schools have to decided the best course of action, whether it be finding a new conference, becoming and NAIA independent or looking going to the NCAA (Division II or Division III).
The biggest issue is finding enough games in close proximity.
“All of us are concerned about the financial side of things or course.” Jamestown College athletic director Lawrie Paulson said. “But we are all concerned about the competitive side, the well being of our athletes and the well being of our coaches.”
Paulson would also like to see a link between Jamestown College, Mayville State, Valley City State and Dickinson State continue, moving forward.
“It would be an abosulute shame to not have a relationship with Valley, Mayville and Dickinson, they have been our partners for decades and decades,” Paulson said. “We hope that continues.”
Click here to read my column on some of the challenges the remaining DAC athletic directors face.