When it comes to recruiting for any NCAA sanctioned sport, coaches are tasked with an extremely complex job. They must find the best players in the country to advance their school’s program without violating any NCAA rules.
Specifically, at the division III level, recruiting becomes even more difficult. Most schools don’t have a recruiting budget, and if they do it is very small. Coaches also have to factor in that there are two levels ahead of them that will soak up the best talent. To make the process even more difficult, the NCAA says that these schools cannot offer athletic scholarships and student-athletes can only earn academic scholarships.
In the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth Division, all of the institutions are private and can become expensive for student-athletes. The average cost of attendance among the schools in the conference is $ 49,098, according the the institutions websites. These schools are also primarily liberal arts institutions and do not offer a wide variety of degree programs.
This map showcases the school’s location and all of the student-athletes’ hometowns that are currently listed on the institution’s women’s basketball rosters.
These schools represent eight states and the nation’s capitol of Washington, D.C. Of those eight states, there is an institution in two of them — Pennsylvania (8) and Maryland (2). Out of the 120 student-athletes, 85 are located in a state with an institution and 35 in states without.
The Keystone State leads the way with 64 total student-athletes. Maryland comes in second with 21 followed by New Jersey (15), New York (8), Virginia (5), Connecticut (4), and Texas, Delaware and Washington D.C with one each.