Current DAC president and Highland School athletic director Gary Leake said the conference has well-rounded schools with good reputations outside of athletics.
"We do not allow schools to make first contact and recruit athletes," Leake
can't disclose which schools are interested and said there is a better chance of the league staying the same size or decreasing in the near future.Financial constraints, not a disenchantment with the conference, have led to three undisclosed schools to have informal talks with the league's administration in the past year about dropping out of the DAC
"We are trying to determine where to draw the line," Leake
said."We do have some very small schools in our conference that have had a hard time competing against bigger schools.When you have 13 schools, you are going to have that.Enrollment is just one of the factors that make this conference what it is."
According to Leake
, the DAC
has survived through good times and bad thanks to the leadership and the work that former president and current Emmanuel A.D. Allen Edgar put in after Westhoff.
said the league can be one of the best private school conferences in Virginia, regardless of whether it grows, gets smaller or stays the same.And that has to do with the opportunities, not just the competition, that the DAC
provides for member schools.
"It's more of an opportunity to participate," Leake