On May 3, the North Coast League announced that Gilmour and St. Joseph Academy have been accepted into the league, effective for the 2018-2019 school year. Gilmour will continue as an independent for the 2017-2018 school year. This is the first conference affiliation for Gilmour since its former conference, the Metropolitan Area Conference (MAC-8), folded in 2005.
The North Coast League was founded in 1984 by six parochial high schools. The mix of schools has grown and shifted over the years. With the addition of Gilmour and St. Joseph, the league will be a 14-team conference that includes Benedictine, Lake Catholic, NDCL, VASJ, Archbishop Hoban, Beaumont, Cleveland Central Catholic, Padua, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity, Walsh Jesuit and Warren JFK.
The conference is divided into two divisions – the Blue division and the White division and assignment to a division will be determined by competitive balance and will vary by sport.
Gilmour’s Athletic Director Sean O’Toole said of the change, “We are thrilled to join the North Coast League, as it is home to an incredibly competitive group of schools. We look forward to being part of a conference and the consistently competitive matchups it will provide.”
Head of School Kathy Kenny concurred, saying, “The North Coast League provides incredible opportunities for Gilmour to compete in a league with high caliber athletic programs who share our commitment to Catholic education.”