June 28, 2004 – The Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association, formed in 1995,
will officially change its name to the Liberty League, effective immediately,
according to Margaret F. Strait, athletic director at St. Lawrence University
and league president.
The new league includes founding institutions Clarkson University, Hamilton
College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Rochester,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College and
Union College. Vassar College became a full member of the league in 2000-2001
and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and
Worcester Polytechnic Institute join the league this fall as associate members
for football only.
“Our conference has evolved dramatically over the past ten years, and
we felt the timing was appropriate for this change,” Strait said.
“The new name and logo project a positive image for a group of
institutions that has worked together to provide a very meaningful educational
experience for thousands of student-athletes. We came together as selective
private institutions with shared values to bring out the best aspects of
intercollegiate athletics. The name change and new marks will help us tell our
success story and will better reflect who we are as a league. We have stood for
tradition and excellence and we are proud of what we have established.”
The Liberty League sponsors championships in 24 sports. The member
institutions of the league place the highest priority on the overall quality of
the educational experience and on the successful completion of a student's
academic program. The member institutions seek to establish and maintain an
environment in which a student-athlete's athletic activities are conducted as
an integral part of the educational experience.
During the 2003-04 academic year, the member institutions of the Liberty
League sent 17 teams in 14 sports to their respective NCAA tournaments, as well
as dozens of individual student-athletes to NCAA Championship events in cross country,
swimming and diving, track and field and tennis.
Among the best in the nation in the classroom as well as successful in
athletics, Liberty League student-athletes garnered five CoSIDA Academic
All-America awards and 37 CoSIDA Academic All District Awards.
The new conference mark was designed by the New York-based design agency
SME. Since 1989, SME has been providing innovative branding and design
solutions in professional and collegiate sports around the globe. The Liberty
League has also partnered with Strategic Marketing Affiliates, Inc. (www.smaworks.com) from Indianapolis, Indiana
to perform the role of licensing agent for the League and to oversee the
administration of the new identity and the release of marks to approved