HANCOCK — Finlandia University has accepted an offer to join the Capital Athletic Conference.

Finlandia will join fellow ACAA members; UC-Santa Cruz, Mills, Mount Mary, Pine Manor and Pratt Institute. This will push the CAC to 11 members for the 2020-21 season.

"This is a great opportunity, not only for athletics, but for Finlandia University as a whole," said FinnU athletic director Curtis Wittenberg. "We now have the chance to potentially qualify for the NCAA tournament in all of our sports which will help increase the recruiting regions for our programs."

With the move, Finlandia will have the chance to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball.  With this expansion, the CAC is looking to rebrand overall.

"The Capital Athletic Conference is pleased to welcome these six institutions as the league's newest members," said University of Mary Washington President Dr. Troy Paino, Chair of the CAC Board of Directors. "We look forward to the bright future this newly-structured league will be able to offer our schools and student-athletes."