La Plume – Keystone College has exciting news concerning the college’s football program. Beginning in 2023, Keystone will join the Landmark Conference as an associate football member. Until that time, the Giants will continue football membership in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. All other athletic teams will continue as members of the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
“On behalf of the Landmark Presidents Council I am pleased to welcome Keystone College as an associate member of the conference,” said Landmark Conference Presidents Chair and Moravian University President Bryon Grigsby. “We look forward to building competitive rivalries with the Giants and are excited about the future growth and opportunity this brings for Landmark football.”
“Keystone College is thrilled and honored to join the Landmark Conference as an associate football member beginning in 2023,” said Keystone College President Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D. “This will be an exciting and valuable experience for our student-athletes as we continue to build our football program in the years to come. We also wish to thank the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference for the opportunity to be a part of their conference as a new program.”
Membership in the Landmark Conference will enable Keystone to play exciting local rivalries with schools such as Wilkes University, Susquehanna University, Lycoming College, Moravian University, and Juniata College.
“Our program is grateful for our experience in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference in our inaugural season and we are looking forward to competing again in the conference this fall. I am excited for the opportunity and future in the Landmark Conference, beginning in 2023,” said Keystone Football Coach Justin Higgins. “The Landmark Conference will provide regional competition on the field and help shape our recruiting. With the shifting dynamics of conferences these past few months, we felt this opportunity would provide conference stability as we continue to build our program.”
Keystone Athletic Director Scott Gower added: “The Landmark Conference has an established history of both academic and athletic excellence. We’re excited to become an associate member and for the opportunity this presents to our athletic department, our football program, and our student-athletes.”
The Giants played their first varsity season this past fall after the program was discontinued in 1947 and the COVID-19 pandemic further delayed the program’s restart in the fall of 2020. Keystone plays home games at the Turf Field Athletic Complex which has undergone recent renovations to include a bigger press box, additional bleacher seating, and a new scoreboard sitting on the southwest end of the complex. The field also is next to the college’s new fieldhouse which includes state-of-the-art locker room facilities for a highly positive game-day environment.
Keystone’s associate membership brings Landmark football sponsorship to seven institutions including full-member institutions Catholic University, Juniata College, Lycoming College (effective 2023), Moravian University, Susquehanna University, and Wilkes University (effective 2023).
Members of the Landmark Conference share a focus on institutional excellence through the emphasis of their academic missions and a belief that athletics competition is an important component of the undergraduate experience. Intercollegiate athletic programs are maintained with a perspective that holds paramount the academic programs of the institution and the academic and personal growth of the student-athlete.
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