NECC Announces Hiring of Jacob VanRyn as Commissioner

NECC Announces Hiring of Jacob VanRyn as Commissioner

MARSHFIELD, MASS.- The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) has announced the hiring of Jacob VanRyn as its third Commissioner, effective July 22, 2019.

Current Chair of the NECC President’s Council, Janet Steinmayer of Mitchell College, is excited about the appointment of VanRyn. “We're pleased to welcome Jacob as the Commissioner of the NECC. He is bringing with him a great deal of experience, having served multiple conferences in an associate commissioner role. His expertise and unique perspective will bring the NECC to new heights, as we focus on the continued growth of our conference.” 

As NECC Commissioner, VanRyn will lead all aspects of the conference office, and is looking forward to taking the reins. "I am extremely humbled and thankful to the search committee for selecting me to be the next commissioner of the NECC. It is truly an honor to be named the Commissioner of such a prestigious conference and I'm extremely excited to work with our outstanding member institutions.”

He continued, “I personally would like to thank Dean College President Dr. Paula Rooney and Becker College Vice President of Student Affairs / Director of Athletics Frank Millerick for their leadership throughout the entire process. I'd also like to thank President Janet Steinmayer for her time and commitment as well. The search committee's passion for the NECC only helped reinforce and strengthen my eagerness to build on the solid foundation that has already been laid by the league's terrific leadership,” said Van Ryn. “This position presents a tremendous opportunity for me at an exciting time for the conference with the recent release of the NECC's new brand identity to help carry that momentum forward as we work to continue to grow and develop the league into one of the premier Division III Conferences in the country."

VanRyn brings nearly two decades of athletic administration experience to the role, most recently serving as the Associate Commissioner of the Empire 8 Conference, where he was the primary administrator for sport oversight and scheduling for the Division III conference. He also managed the conference’s awards program, and oversaw its NCAA Grant program. VanRyn also handled all of the conference’s marketing and communications efforts. 

Prior to his time at the Empire 8, VanRyn spent eight years at the Northeast-10 Conference. As Associate Commissioner for Strategic Communications, he oversaw the promotion of the 15-member, 24 sport NCAA Division II conference. During his time at the NE10, he also served as the Associate Commissioner for Sport Administration & Championships, serving as the primary administrator for sports governance and scheduling. He also managed and worked with the membership to execute all championships events, and oversaw numerous governing committees.

VanRyn has served on numerous NCAA Regional Advisory Committees, and was a member of the NCAA Division II National Baseball Committee.

Prior to joining the NE10, VanRyn worked for West Point Thoroughbreds (2008-2010) as a Marketing and Client Services Manager, and was the Facilities, Marketing and Programming Director at The College of Saint Rose from 2001-2008. 

VanRyn graduated from Colgate University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in education & sociology. He earned his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University in 2001. 


The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 16 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.