Amos to Run MEC

WHEELING – Reid Amos has been all around the college landscape, spending time as a coach, broadcaster, and administrator.

His newest hat is his biggest task to date.

Amos was recently named the commissioner of the newly formed Mountain East Conference as it prepares to begin its first season starting Aug. 1.

”I am very honored, and we have 12 outstanding institutions that all have outstanding academics and athletic programs,” Amos said. ”To be in this position to help guide them through this new conference, it will be a tough task. It certainly isn’t going to be easy. But with the help of these 12 institutions, I know we will be a better place for our student-athletes.”

The MEC’s formal application to begin competing as the newest Division II college, signed by the presidents of all 12 institutions, was hand-delivered to NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis on Friday along with all supporting documentation.

Pending approval from the NCAA, the new league’s charter members include: Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Notre Dame College (Ohio), Shepherd University, The University of Charleston, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (Va.), Urbana University (Ohio), West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

”We have applied and the way it unfolds is there is a membership committee that meets in February,” Amos said. ”They consider the application and consider if it achieves provisional status.

”They meet again in July, with some additional elements to undertake and will move to make us active status in time for the 2013-14 season.”

The board unanimously approved Amos, who got involved right from the beginning when the nine West Virginia Conference schools decided to part with the WVC.

Currently the Vice President of Broadcasting at West Liberty, Amos plans on fulfilling his obligations to the school in the coming months.

”We believe very strongly that we want to provide a good experience in a highly competitive atmosphere,” Amos said. ”I think that will drive the top programs to be successful. If this new league creates that level of competitiveness, there is no doubt we can reach some very lofty goals.”

A scheduling committee is developing schedules for the 16 sports for the next two years and will be announced in the coming months. The MEC headquarters and sites of tournament championships are also yet to be determined.