(2-7-18) Greater Western Ohio Conference Athletic directors and principals at their annual winter meeting today were informed that all of the American Conference North and South division teams will be leaving to form a new conference, but without Trotwood-Madison (GWOC South).
Trotwood-Madison principal David White told WHIO News–
“Why is it that the only African-American school in that entire league isn’t allowed to be in (a proposed new) league? They didn’t (realign) based on geography or enrollment.”
The ten schools forming the new conference will be Vandalia-Butler, Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Tippecanoe Troy, Fairborn, Stebbins, West Carrollton and Xenia.
Trotwood-Madison Athletic Director Guy Fogle in the same WHIO story:
“It appears the North wants to move on with the other four schools in our division, but not include us,. We will realign with the National and move on. The GWOC will have a different look but it will remain a strong, impactful conference in the state.”
The Rams, if the plan holds true, will join the remaining nine members Beavercreek, Centerville, Fairmont, Springfield,Wayne, Lebanon, Miamisburg, Northmont and Springboro.
The change comes in a school year with numerous changes in athletic conferences around Ohio and other states.
It seems like lack of communication between conference members was a big part of today’s surprise. The High School Athletic Conference Barometer could help in keeping the doors of communication open.
Just a few examples of conference changes taking place this season.
Many conferences would like to have the tradition and the stability that the MAC and WBL both have, but the recent trend is to make a change rather than compromise on the issues.