McKeesport, PA. – After a long offseason of preparation, the Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department is getting set for another exciting athletics season heading into the 2019-2020 athletic year. With 14 varsity sports, including the return of a new sport, PSUGA athletes will be putting their talents on display all year long.
It was a big year for PSUGA Athletics in 2018-2019 as many programs took steps towards becoming consistently competitive. Of the 10 varsity teams that competed, six made the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs while one made the trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship. PSUGA also saw many of their athletes earn national recognition bringing home 12 PSUAC All-Conference players and eight USCAA All-Americans.
All 10 of those programs return in 2019-2020 with the edition of two new programs. After having their first Outdoor Track & Field season in 2019, PSUGA introduces Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field for the first time starting in the winter of 2019. Led by head coach Greg Schmitt, the Indoor Track & Field team will look to build off the successes of last spring where Eladia Kennedy (McKeesport, Pa./Imani Christian Academy) and Makis Rivera (McKeesport, Pa./Imani Christian Academy) each were named USCAA National Champions in the 100-Meter Dash and 800-Meter run respectively.
Schmitt’s duties will be extended into the fall athletic season as well with PSUGA bringing back Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country for the 2019-2020 athletic season. After a year out of competition, PSUGA Cross-Country will try to once again get back to their winning traditions. Since the 2011 season, PSUGA has produced two individual PSUAC Champions, one team PSUAC Championship, and four PSUAC top-three finishers.
All 14 PSUGA programs enter 2019-2020 with the same mentality, claim a PSUAC Championship. The athletic department is looking for their first conference championship since the 2016 season when the PSUGA Men’s Basketball team defeated PSU-York to win the title.
The PSUGA Athletics Department is headed once again by sixth-year Athletic Director Korie Morton-Rozier. In her first five seasons, she has helped bring six new sports to PSUGA Athletics and has overseen three different PSUAC Championship teams.
The 2019-2020 PSUGA Athletics season kicks off on August 30th with both the Volleyball and Cross-Country teams in action. Volleyball will take on Carlow and PSU-Mont Alto in day one of the USCAA Tip-off Tournament, while Cross Country will run at the Father Bede CC Invitational.