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Atlantic Sun Conference
(A-Sun)
Atlantic Sun Conference logo
Established1978
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members8
Sports fielded19 (men's: 8; women's: 11)
RegionSoutheastern United States
Former namesTrans America Athletic Conference (1978–2001)
HeadquartersMacon, Georgia
CommissionerTed Gumbart (since 2007)
Websiteatlanticsun.org
Locations
Atlantic Sun Conference locations
 
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Atlantic Sun Conference
(A-Sun)
Atlantic Sun Conference logo
Established1978
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members8
Sports fielded19 (men's: 8; women's: 11)
RegionSoutheastern United States
Former namesTrans America Athletic Conference (1978–2001)
HeadquartersMacon, Georgia
CommissionerTed Gumbart (since 2007)
Websiteatlanticsun.org
Locations
Atlantic Sun Conference locations

The Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) is a collegiate athletic conference operating in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and does not sponsor football. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978,[1] its headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia.

Northern Kentucky University, which is transitioning from NCAA Division II sports to Division I, joined the A-Sun in 2012. The league's newest program replaced Belmont University, which moved to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC),[2] and maintained the membership roster at 10 schools. The 2014 departure of East Tennessee State University and Mercer University to the Southern Conference left the A-Sun with 8 full members.

Membership history[edit]

Current members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentU.S. News
Ranking[3]
Endowment [3]JoinedNickname
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort Myers, Florida1991Public20,00079
(Regional: South)
N/A2007Eagles
Jacksonville UniversityJacksonville, Florida1934Private3,40062
(Regional: South)
$35,399,3991998Dolphins
Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw, Georgia1963Public24,60069
(Regional: South)
$24,388,3852005Owls
Lipscomb UniversityNashville, Tennessee1891Private4,59320
(Regional: South)
$55,828,7842003Bisons
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, Kentucky1968Public15,40577
(Regional: South)
$74,270,0002012Norse
University of North FloridaJacksonville, Florida1969Public16,50051
(Regional: South)
$75,526,6352005Ospreys
University of South Carolina UpstateSpartanburg, South Carolina1967Public6,00029
(Regional College: South)
$4,010,5372007Spartans
Stetson UniversityDeLand, Florida1883Private2,2005
(Regional: South)
$147,682,5331985Hatters

Associate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedNicknamePrimary ConferenceA-Sun Sports
University of Detroit MercyDetroit, Michigan1877Private5,7002012–13TitansHorizon Leaguewomen's lacrosse
Furman UniversityGreenville, South Carolina1826Private3,1212013–14PaladinsSoConwomen's lacrosse
Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.1867Private10,9912012–13Lady BisonMEACwomen's lacrosse
Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, Virginia1930Public24,1252014–15Lady MonarchsConference USAwomen's lacrosse

Former members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknameNew Conference
(Classification)
Current Conference
(Classification)
Oklahoma City UniversityOklahoma City, Oklahoma1904Private3,77019781979Chiefs[a 1]Midwestern City[b 1]
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Sooner (SAC) (NAIA Division I)
Pan American University[a 2]Edinburg, Texas1927Public19,30219781980BroncsNCAA D-I Independent
(NCAA Division I non-football)
WAC
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Northeast Louisiana University[a 3]Monroe, Louisiana1931Public8,40519781982Indians[a 3]Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Houston Baptist UniversityHouston, Texas1960Private2,56719781989HuskiesNAIA Independent
(NAIA non-football)
Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Hardin–Simmons UniversityAbilene, Texas1891Private2,43519781990CowboysTIAA
(NCAA Division III)
American Southwest
(NCAA Division III)
Centenary College of LouisianaShreveport, Louisiana1825Private78719781999Gentlemen (men's)
Ladies (women's)
NCAA D-I Independent
(NCAA Division I non-football)
SCAC (NCAA D-III)
(NCAA Division III non-football)
Samford UniversityHomewood, Alabama1841Private4,44019782003BulldogsOVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)
SoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Northwestern State UniversityNatchitoches, Louisiana1884Public9,24419791984DemonsSouthland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas1927Public13,00019791991TrojansSun Belt[b 2]
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Georgia1906Public20,58419791992EaglesSoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Nicholls State University[a 4]Thibodaux, Louisiana1948Public7,09319821984ColonelsGulf Star
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, Georgia1913Public32,08719832005PanthersCAA
(NCAA Division I non-football)[b 3]
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas1969Public30,47419861991RoadrunnersSouthland
(NCAA Division I non-football)[b 4]
C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammond, Louisiana1925Public17,80019911997LionsSouthland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Florida International UniversityUniversity Park, Florida1965Public50,39419901998Golden Panthers[a 5]Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I non-football)[4]
C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
College of CharlestonCharleston, South Carolina1770Public11,32019911998CougarsSoCon
(NCAA Division I non-football)
CAA[b 5]
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida1963Public60,18119922005Golden Knights[a 6]C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
The American
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, Florida1961Public29,29019932006OwlsSun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)[b 6]
C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville, Alabama1883Public9,49019952003GamecocksOVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Troy UniversityTroy, Alabama1887Public29,68919972005TrojansSun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)[b 7]
Gardner–Webb UniversityBoiling Springs, North Carolina1905Private4,30020022008Runnin' BulldogsBig South
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Campbell UniversityBuies Creek, North Carolina1887Private4,12019942011Fighting CamelsBig South
(NCAA Division I FCS)[b 8]
Belmont UniversityNashville, Tennessee1890Private6,64720012012BruinsOVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)[b 9]
East Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, Tennessee1911Public15,53020052014BuccaneersSoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)[b 10]
Mercer UniversityMacon, Georgia1833Private8,30019782014BearsSoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Notes

School names and nicknames listed here reflect those used during the schools' time in the TAAC/A-Sun. One school has changed both its name and nickname, and three others have changed only their nicknames:

  1. ^ Oklahoma City adopted its current nickname of Stars in 1999.
  2. ^ Pan American adopted its current name of the University of Texas–Pan American in 1989.
  3. ^ a b Northeast Louisiana adopted its current name of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999. The school adopted its current nickname of Warhawks in 2006, when it joined the Sun Belt Conference.
  4. ^ Nicholls State was a provisional member. Therefore, the school was never a full member of the TAAC.
  5. ^ FIU dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2010, becoming simply the Panthers.
  6. ^ UCF dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2007, becoming simply the Knights.
  1. ^ The Midwestern City Conference is now known as the Horizon League.
  2. ^ Although the Sun Belt Conference competes in football at the Division I FBS level, UALR does not sponsor the sport.
  3. ^ The CAA began an FCS-level football league in 2007, but Georgia State did not sponsor the sport until 2010. It began a transition from FCS to FBS in 2013, and joined the FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
  4. ^ Although the Southland Conference competes in football at the Division I FCS level, UTSA did not sponsor the sport until 2011. It never competed in the Southland Conference in football; it started a two-year transition to FBS in 2011, joined the WAC in 2012, and joined Conference USA (C-USA) in 2013.
  5. ^ Although the CAA competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Charleston does not sponsor the sport.
  6. ^ Florida Atlantic joined the Sun Belt for football in the 2005 season before becoming an all-sports member in 2006.
  7. ^ Troy became a Sun Belt football member in 2004, a year before it became an all-sports member.
  8. ^ Campbell is a full member of the Big South, but does not participate in the Big South’s football conference. The school operates a non-scholarship FCS program in the Pioneer Football League.
  9. ^ Although the OVC competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Belmont does not sponsor the sport.[5]
  10. ^ Although the SoCon competes in football at the Division I FCS level, ETSU, which had left the SoCon to join the A-Sun in 2005, returned as a non-football member. ETSU will relaunch its dormant football program in the SoCon in 2015.

Membership timeline[edit]

Northern Kentucky UniversityUniversity of South Carolina UpstateFlorida Gulf Coast UniversityUniversity of North FloridaKennesaw State UniversityEast Tennessee State UniversityLipscomb UniversityGardner-Webb UniversityBelmont UniversityJacksonville UniversityTroy UniversityJacksonville State UniversityCampbell UniversityFlorida Atlantic UniversityUniversity of Central FloridaCollege of CharlestonSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityFlorida International UniversityThe University of Texas at San AntonioStetson UniversityGeorgia State UniversityNicholls State UniversityGeorgia Southern UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockNorthwestern State UniversityMercer UniversitySamford UniversityCentenary College of LouisianaHardin–Simmons UniversityHouston Baptist UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeThe University of Texas–Pan AmericanOklahoma City University

Sports sponsored[edit]

Locations of current Atlantic Sun Conference full member institutions.

The Atlantic Sun Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[6] In the 2014–15 school year, four schools are associate members in women's lacrosse: Detroit, Howard, Furman, and Old Dominion.

The most recent change to the roster of A-Sun sports took place after the 2013–14 school year. Under a cooperative agreement between the A-Sun and Southern Conference (SoCon), the two leagues agreed to split lacrosse sponsorship. The SoCon took over the A-Sun men's lacrosse league, while women's lacrosse sponsorship remained with the A-Sun.[7]

Teams in Atlantic Sun Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
10
-
Basketball
10
10
Cross Country
10
10
Golf
10
10
Lacrosse
-
7
Sand Volleyball*
-
5
Soccer
9
10
Softball
-
10
Tennis
9
9
Track and Field (Indoor)
6
7
Track and Field (Outdoor)
6
7
Volleyball
-
10

Facilities[edit]

SchoolBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacitySoccer stadiumCapacity
Florida Gulf CoastAlico Arena4,500Swanson Stadium1,500FGCU Soccer Complex1,000
JacksonvilleJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (men)
Swisher Gymnasium (women)
14,091
1,500
John Sessions Stadium1,500Ashley Sports Complex500
Kennessaw StateKSU Convocation Center4,792Fred Stillwell Stadium1,200Fifth Third Bank Stadium8,300
LipscombAllen Arena5,028Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium1,500Lipscomb Soccer Complex600
North FloridaUNF Arena5,800Harmon Stadium1,000Hodges Stadium9,300
Northern KentuckyThe Bank of Kentucky Center9,400Bill Aker Baseball Complex500NKU Soccer Stadium1,000
StetsonEdmunds Center5,000Melching Field at Conrad Park2,500Stetson Soccer Complex500
USC UpstateG. B. Hodge Center1,535Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park500County U. Soccer Stadium300

All sports championships[edit]

The Jesse C. Fletcher and Sherman Day Trophies are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference. The Bill Bibb Trophy, combining the men's and women's results for the best overall program, was first awarded in 2006-07. East Tennessee State has won this overall trphy seven of the eight years it has been awarded; Florida Gulf Coast won in 2012-13.[9]

Men's All Sports: Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy[edit]

YearChampion
1978-79Oklahoma City
1979-80Northeast Louisiana
1980-81Northeast Louisiana
1981-82Northeast Louisiana
1982-83Georgia Southern
1983-84Centenary
1984-85Georgia Southern
1985-86Houston Baptist
1986-87Georgia Southern
1987-88Georgia Southern
1988-89Georgia Southern
1989-90Georgia Southern
1990-91Georgia Southern
1991-92Florida International
1992-93Florida International
1993-94Florida International
1994-95Central Florida
1995-96Central Florida
1996-97Florida International
1997-98Georgia State
1998-99Central Florida
1999-00Georgia State
2000-01Georgia State
2001-02Georgia State
2002-03Central Florida
2003-04Central Florida
2004-05Central Florida
2005-06East Tennessee State
2006-07East Tennessee State
2007-08East Tennessee State
2008-09East Tennessee State
2009-10East Tennessee State
2010-11East Tennessee State
2011-12East Tennessee State
2012-13Florida Gulf Coast
2013-14East Tennessee State

Women's All Sports: Sherman Day Trophy[edit]

YearChampion
1978-79None
1979-80None
1980-81None
1981-82None
1982-83None
1983-84None
1984-85None
1985-86Stetson, Georgia State
1986-87Stetson
1987-88Georgia State
1988-89Georgia State
1989-90Georgia State
1990-91Florida International
1991-92Florida International
1992-93Georgia State
1993-94Florida International
1994-95Campbell
1995-96Central Florida
1996-97Central Florida
1997-98Georgia State
1998-99Central Florida
1999-00Georgia State
2000-01Georgia State
2001-02Central Florida
2002-03Central Florida
2003-04Central Florida
2004-05Central Florida
2005-06Florida Atlantic
2006-07East Tennessee State
2007-08Jacksonville
2008-09Jacksonville
2009-10Kennesaw State
2010-11Jacksonville
2011-12Kennesaw State
2012-13Florida Gulf Coast
2013-14Jacksonville

Championships[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Rankings
  4. ^ The Sun Belt did not start its Division I-A (now FBS) football league until 2001, and FIU did not start a football program until 2002. It competed as a Division I-AA (now FCS) independent until joining Sun Belt football in 2005.
  5. ^ "Belmont moving to Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13". USA Today. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.atlanticsun.org/
  7. ^ a b "SoCon, A-Sun Partner to Enhance Lacrosse" (Press release). Southern Conference. January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/onlineDir/exec2/sponsorship
  9. ^ Atlantic Sun: All Sports Race

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