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DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson College made it official at a Wednesday morning press conference.

The Wildcat athletic program is leaving it's home since 1936, the Southern Conference, for the Atlantic 10 beginning in 2014-2015.

The Wildcat Athletic program will have 19 of the 21 varsity sports begin competing in the A-10 on July 1, 2014.

Davidson is thrilled to join the Atlantic 10 Conference to compete alongside some of the most dynamic Division I student-athletes in the country, Davidson president Carol Quillen said.

Quillen went on to say, Our athletic teams-- from men's basketball to women's lacrosse, from men's swimming to women's tennis -are ready for this new opportunity and we have the greatest confidence they will succeed.

The A-10 ranks second in all Division I conferences, with 90 percent of their student-athletes graduating.

The Atlantic 10 is a conference that gives Davidson the opportunity to be associated with and compete against institutions with significant profiles, both academically and athletically, while we continue to establish our national brand. This is a great opportunity to use athletics to further the goals and objectives of the college as we enhance the experience of our students, said Director of Athletics Jim Murphy.

Football will remain in the Pioneer Football League, while wrestling will keep it's Southern Conference affiliation. Other members of the A-10 include:

University of Dayton
Duquesne University
Fordham University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
La Salle University
The University of Massachusetts
The University of Rhode Island
The University of Richmond
St. Bonaventure University
Saint Joseph University
Saint Louis University
Virginia Commonwealth University

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