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COLLEGE ATHLETICS: New league gets commissioner, logo

VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- A new conference that will be the home for Mayville State athletics now has a commissioner along with a logo.

The North Star Athletic Association board of directors announced Friday that Cory Anderson has been selected as the inaugural commissioner of the new NAIA league.

Anderson comes to the NSAA with over 25 years of experience in coaching, higher education, the private sector, and non-profit administration, including his most recent position as the Executive Director of the James River Family YMCA in Jamestown.

A 1989 graduate of Valley City State University, Anderson worked in several capacities over the past 19 years in higher education. He served as the head baseball and an assistant football coach at VCSU with additional responsibilities in enrollment services, sports information, and athletic administration.

Anderson previously served as a chair and rater for the North Dakota Collegiate Athletic Conference, Dakota Athletic Conference, and NAIA Region III. In 2005, he was recognized as the first recipient of the NAIA Coach of Character Award for Region III.

In addition to Mayville State, the North Star Athletic Association will include Dakota State, Jamestown College Presentation College and Valley City State. The league will begin play in the fall.

Dickinson State will join the league for the 2014-15 season.

"We are so pleased that Cory Anderson is joining the NSAA as its first commissioner," said Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State president and the organizing chair of the new league. "Cory brings a tremendous breadth and depth of relevant experiences to our new conference. We anticipate a bright future and continued growth within the North Star that will benefit student-athletes and supporters of all our institutions, and are confident in Cory's abilities to lead the conference forward."

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