Old Dominion Athletic Conference

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Old Dominion Athletic Conference
(ODAC)
Old Dominion Athletic Conference logo
Established1975
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members14 (3 associate members)
Sports fielded22 (men's: 10; women's: 12)
RegionSouth Atlantic
Former namesVirginia College Conference
HeadquartersForest, Virginia
CommissionerBrad Bankston
Websiteodaconline.com
Locations
Old Dominion Athletic Conference locations
 
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Old Dominion Athletic Conference
(ODAC)
Old Dominion Athletic Conference logo
Established1975
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members14 (3 associate members)
Sports fielded22 (men's: 10; women's: 12)
RegionSouth Atlantic
Former namesVirginia College Conference
HeadquartersForest, Virginia
CommissionerBrad Bankston
Websiteodaconline.com
Locations
Old Dominion Athletic Conference locations

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Its 14 member schools are located primarily in Virginia, with other members in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Along with the American Southwest Conference (ASC) and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), it is the largest all-sports conference in Division III. The only larger D-III conferences are two single-sport groups—the cross-country league operated by the Middle Atlantic Conferences,[1] with 17 members (for both men and women), and the New England Football Conference (NEFC), with 16. The NEFC will drop to eight members after the 2012 football season.

History[edit]

ODAC logo from 1976 to 2010

The conference was founded in 1975 as the Virginia College Conference. On January 1, 1976, the name was changed to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 1976–77 season was the first in which championships were offered. In 1982–83, women's sports were added. In 1988, Virginia Wesleyan was added as a member, and, in 1990, Guilford became the first member located outside Virginia. Catholic University was a full-sport member in the 1980s along with Maryville College. Both resigned their memberships in the mid-to-late 1980s. In 1999, Catholic returned as a football-only member.[2] The only other school that has left the conference is Mary Baldwin College, which left in 1999 to join the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference.

In 2010 the ODAC announced the addition of Shenandoah University to its full-time membership, with its first full year of involvement during the 2012-13 academic year.[3]

The league office moved its physical location from Salem, Virginia, to Forest, Virginia, just outside of centrally located Lynchburg, and contracted with Jim Ward Design for its new marks.[4]

The conference hosts the Division III championships in football and men's basketball, both of which are held in Salem, Virginia. DIII softball has called Salem home along with Division III women's lacrosse and volleyball. Since 1993 - the conference and city have hosted over 50 Division III National Championships.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

InstitutionLocationNicknameFoundedTypeEnrollmentFootball?Joined
Bridgewater CollegeBridgewater, VirginiaEagles1880Private1,690Yes1976
Eastern Mennonite UniversityHarrisonburg, VirginiaRoyals1917Private998No1976
Emory & Henry CollegeEmory, VirginiaWasps1836Private1,000Yes1976
Guilford CollegeGreensboro, North CarolinaQuakers1837Private2,682Yes1991
Hampden–Sydney College^Hampden Sydney, VirginiaTigers1775Private1,120Yes1976
Hollins UniversityRoanoke, Virginia*None*1842Private816No1982
Lynchburg CollegeLynchburg, VirginiaFighting Hornets1903Private2,500No1976
Randolph College*Lynchburg, VirginiaWildCats1891Private522No1982
Randolph–Macon CollegeAshland, VirginiaYellow Jackets1830Private1,146Yes1976
Roanoke CollegeSalem, VirginiaMaroons1842Private2,100No1976
Shenandoah UniversityWinchester, VirginiaHornets1875Private724Yes2012
Sweet Briar CollegeSweet Briar, VirginiaVixens1901Private1,767No1982
Virginia Wesleyan CollegeVirginia Beach, VirginiaMarlins1961Private1,446No1989
Washington and Lee UniversityLexington, VirginiaGenerals1749Private2,200Yes1976
Notes

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports
^ - Men's college, therefore not competing in women's sports
* - Formerly Randolph-Macon Woman's College, now co-educational (Randolph since 2007-08)

Associate members[edit]

InstitutionLocationNicknameFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedPrimary ConferenceODAC Sport
Catholic UniversityWashington, D.C.Cardinals1887Private3,4691999-2000Landmarkfootball
Greensboro CollegeGreensboro, North CarolinaPride1838Private1,2502011-12USA Southwomen's swimming
Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityBaltimore, MarylandGators1873Private4,8782011-12CSACwomen's swimming

Former members[edit]

InstitutionLocationNicknameFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftCurrent Conference
Catholic UniversityWashington, D.C.Cardinals1887Private3,46919821984Landmark
Maryville CollegeMaryville, TennesseeScots1819Private/Presbyterian1,17619801988USA South
Mary Baldwin CollegeStaunton, VirginiaFighting Squirrels1842Private2,54219841992USA South

Membership timeline[edit]

Shenandoah UniversityNotre Dame of Maryland UniversityGreensboro CollegeGuilford CollegeVirginia Wesleyan CollegeMary Baldwin CollegeSweet Briar CollegeRandolph CollegeHollins UniversityThe Catholic University of AmericaMaryville CollegeWashington and Lee UniversityRoanoke CollegeRandolph–Macon CollegeLynchburg CollegeHampden–Sydney CollegeEmory and Henry CollegeEastern Mennonite UniversityBridgewater College

Purple denotes football playing member.
Green denotes non-football playing member.
Red denotes associate member (football-only).
Blue denotes associate member (swimming only).

Sports[edit]

The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
Green tickY
Basketball
Green tickY
Green tickY
Cross Country
Green tickY
Green tickY
Equestrian
Green tickY
Field Hockey
Green tickY
Football
Green tickY
Golf
Green tickY
Lacrosse
Green tickY
Green tickY
Soccer
Green tickY
Green tickY
Softball
Green tickY
Swimming
Green tickY
Tennis
Green tickY
Green tickY
Track and field
Green tickY
Green tickY
Volleyball
Green tickY

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Middle Atlantic Conferences have a total of 18 members. However, the MAC operates as three separate groups under one administrative structure—the Commonwealth Conference, Freedom Conference, and the Middle Atlantic Conference. The last of these is generally used to form a single conference in sports that have only a few MAC members participating; the only sport operated by this group with more than 11 participating schools is cross-country for both men and women, in which 17 of the 18 total members participate.
  2. ^ D3 football Catholic returns to ODAC July 7, 1999
  3. ^ Lynchburg College Sports Information Office September 29, 2010
  4. ^ ODAC news oct 13, 2010

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