NAIA League Breakdown: River States Conference
The River States Conference is a 13 team NAIA DII Conference that has teams from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The River States Conference was formerly named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which was the oldest conference in the NAIA, before changing the name to Rivers States Conference in 2016.
The River States Conference was once again, a very tough league that also proved itself on the national stage. While only 3 teams (IU East, IU Kokomo, WVU Tech) qualified for the NAIA DII National Tournament, they made the best of the opportunity as all three won their first round match and moving on to the NAIA DII Sweet 16. IU East was able to pull off a second win, before falling in the NAIA DII Quarterfinals to the eventual 2019 NAIA DII National Champions Spring Arbor.
Top Players Returning
School: IU Kokomo
School: IU East
Key Players Lost
1st Team All-American, River States Player of the Year
School: WVU Tech
2nd Team All-American
3rd Team All-American
School: IU SOUTHEAST
School: Cincinnati Christian
School: WVU Tech
James Long is the new Head Coach at WVU- Tech. Coach Long comes to WVU-Tech after being a staffer on the West Virginia University coaching staff in 2018-2019. He was also a player for the Mountaineers.
Joshua Lester was just announced as the new Head Coach at Cincinnati Christian University. He started the year off as the Assistant Coach, before being named to Head Coach in early September.
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