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Atlantic Sun Conference
(A-Sun)
Atlantic Sun Conference logo
Established1978
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members10 (8 in 2014)
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
Members10 (8 in 2014)
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. With the departure of East Tennessee State University and Mercer University to the Southern Conference, the A-Sun will have 8 members in 2014.

Membership history[edit]

Current members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedNickname
East Tennessee State University*Johnson City, Tennessee1911Public15,5302005Buccaneers
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort Myers, Florida1991Public20,0002007Eagles
Jacksonville UniversityJacksonville, Florida1934Private3,4001998Dolphins
Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw, Georgia1963Public24,6002005Owls
Lipscomb UniversityNashville, Tennessee1891Private4,5932003Bisons
Mercer University*Macon, Georgia1833Private8,3001978Bears
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, Kentucky1968Public15,4052012Norse
University of North FloridaJacksonville, Florida1969Public16,5002005Ospreys
University of South Carolina UpstateSpartanburg, South Carolina1967Public6,0002007Spartans
Stetson UniversityDeLand, Florida1883Private2,2001985Hatters
Notes

* Departing members in pink. East Tennessee State and Mercer are leaving for the Southern Conference in 2014. The ETSU Buccaneers will be re-joining the SoCon after leaving on July 1, 2005 to join the A-Sun.

Associate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedNicknamePrimary ConferenceA-Sun Sports
University of Detroit MercyDetroit, Michigan1877Private5,7002012–13TitansHorizon Leaguewomen's lacrosse
Elon University[n 1]Elon, North Carolina1889Private5,9162013–14PhoenixSoConwomen's lacrosse
Furman UniversityGreenville, South Carolina1826Private3,1212013–14PaladinsSoConmen's lacrosse, women's lacrosse[n 2]
High Point UniversityHigh Point, North Carolina1924Private3,6032013–14PanthersBig Southmen's lacrosse[n 3]
Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.1867Private10,9912012–13BisonMEACwomen's lacrosse
Old Dominion University[n 4]Norfolk, Virginia1930Public24,1252014–15Lady MonarchsConference USAwomen's lacrosse
University of RichmondRichmond, Virginia1830Private4,2492013–14SpidersAtlantic 10men's lacrosse[n 3]
Virginia Military InstituteLexington, Virginia1839Public1,5002013–14KeydetsBig South
(SoCon in 2014)
men's lacrosse[n 5]
  1. ^ Elon will spend only one season in the Atlantic Sun for women's lacrosse, as they will join the Colonial Athletic Association, which sponsors the sport, on July 1, 2014.
  2. ^ The Furman men's lacrosse team will move to the Southern Conference after the 2014 season.[3]
  3. ^ a b All of the Atlantic Sun men's lacrosse programs will move to the Southern Conference after the 2014 season under the terms of an agreement between the two conferences announced on January 9, 2014.[3]
  4. ^ Future member; will join the Atlantic Sun for women's lacrosse for the 2015 women's lacrosse season (2014–15 school year).
  5. ^ With the upcoming sponsorship of men's lacrosse by the Southern Conference, VMI's lacrosse team will also join that conference in July 2014.

Former members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknameNew Conference
(Classification)
Current Conference
(Classification)
Oklahoma City UniversityOklahoma City, Oklahoma1904Private3,77019781979ChiefsaMidwestern City1
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Sooner (SAC) (NAIA Division I)
(NAIA Division I)
Pan American UniversitybEdinburg, Texas1927Public19,30219781980BroncsNCAA D-I Independent
(NCAA Division I non-football)
WAC2
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Northeast Louisiana UniversitycMonroe, Louisiana1931Public8,40519781982IndiansdSouthland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Houston Baptist UniversityHouston, Texas1960Private2,56719781989HuskiesNAIA Independent
(NAIA non-football)
Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)3
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
(NCAA Division I FBS)4
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Georgia1906Public20,58419791992EaglesSoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)5
Nicholls State UniversityeThibodaux, Louisiana1948Public7,09319821984ColonelsGulf Star
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, Georgia1913Public32,08719832005PanthersCAA
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)6
University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas1969Public30,47419861991RoadrunnersSouthland
(NCAA Division I non-football)
C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)7
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammond, Louisiana1925Public17,80019911997LionsSouthland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Florida International UniversityUniversity Park, Florida1965Public50,39419901998Golden PanthersfSun Belt
(NCAA Division I non-football)
C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)8
College of CharlestonCharleston, South Carolina1770Public11,32019911998CougarsSoCon
(NCAA Division I non-football)
CAA
(NCAA Division I FCS)9
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida1963Public60,18119922005Golden KnightsgC-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
The American
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, Florida1961Public29,29019932006OwlsSun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)10
C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville, Alabama1883Public9,49019952003GamecocksOVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Troy UniversityTroy, Alabama1887Public29,68919972005TrojansSun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)11
Gardner–Webb UniversityBoiling Springs, North Carolina1905Private4,30020022008Runnin' BulldogsBig South
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Campbell UniversityBuies Creek, North Carolina1887Private4,12019942011Fighting CamelsBig South
NCAA Division I FCS12
Belmont UniversityNashville, Tennessee1890Private6,64720012012BruinsOVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)13
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. - After Oklahoma City left the Midwestern City Conference, it is now known as the Horizon League.
  2. - Texas–Pan American joined the Great West, previously a football-only conference, when it became an all-sports conference in 2008. However, UTPA has not sponsored football since the 1940s, when it was a junior college, and the Great West dropped the sport after the 2011 season.
  3. - Although the Southland Conference competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Houston Baptist will sponsor the sport in 2014.
  4. - Although the Sun Belt Conference competes in football at the Division I FBS level, UALR does not sponsor the sport.
  5. - Georgia Southern will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. As part of this move, it will begin a transition to FBS football in 2013.
  6. - Georgia State did not start its football program until 2010.
  7. - 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.
  8. - FIU did not start its football program until 2002.
  9. - Although the CAA competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Charleston does not sponsor the sport.
  10. - Florida Atlantic did not start its football program until 2001, competed in the FCS level until the 2004 season, and joined the Sun Belt for football in the 2005 season before becoming a full all-sports member in 2006.
  11. - Troy joined the Sun Belt for football in the 2004 season before becoming a full all-sports member in 2005.
  12. - 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.
  13. - Although the OVC sponsors Division I FCS football, Belmont does not sponsor the sport.[4]

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.[5] In the 2013–14 school year, seven schools are associate members in lacrosse for either men or women. Detroit and Howard, already women's lacrosse associates, were joined by five other schools in July 2013—High Point, Richmond, and VMI in men's lacrosse, Elon in women's lacrosse, and Furman in both. In 2014–15, Elon women's lacrosse will leave when the school moves its entire athletic program to the Colonial Athletic Association, which sponsors that sport, and will be replaced in the A-Sun women's lacrosse league by Old Dominion.

After the 2013–14 school year, the Southern Conference will take over the A-Sun men's lacrosse league.[3]

Teams in Atlantic Sun Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
10
-
Basketball
10
10
Cross Country
10
10
Golf
10
10
Lacrosse
7
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
East Tennessee StateETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center6,500Thomas Stadium1,200Summers-Taylor Stadium1,000
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
MercerHawkins Arena3,200Claude Smith Field500Bear Field500
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 all six years it has been awarded.[7]

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

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
2012-13Stetson
2013-14

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 c d "SoCon, A-Sun Partner to Enhance Lacrosse" (Press release). Southern Conference. January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Belmont moving to Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13". USA Today. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.atlanticsun.org/
  6. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/onlineDir/exec2/sponsorship
  7. ^ Atlantic Sun: All Sports Race

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