Nazareth will add men’s ice hockey to its intercollegiate athletic offerings with competition at the NCAA Division III level slated to begin with the 2012-13 season.

With no on-campus playing venue, Nazareth is still in negotiations to determine the best location for its newest team. Athletics Director Pete Bothner also said that the athletics department would move forward in the next few weeks to conduct a nationwide search to hire a head coach.

Nazareth also has petitioned the ECAC West Division to join that conference. Elmira, Hobart, Manhattanville, Neumann and Utica are current members.

“We think this will be a great new program for Nazareth College and for the larger Rochester community,” said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. “Hockey is a popular sport at the collegiate level and we think this will be received as a good addition to our athletics landscape.”

Men’s ice hockey will be Nazareth’s 24th intercollegiate team.