Atlantic 10 Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a NCAA conference that plays in NCAA Division I. The conference is headquartered in Newport News, Virginia and features universities and colleges from the Eastern and Midwestern United States.
History[change | change source]
The A10 was founded by eight Eastern schools in 1975 as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League, and began play in 1976. It first played only men's basketball, but added other sports in 1977 and became the Eastern Athletic Association. Despite its official names, the conference was more often called the Eastern 8. By 1982, the conference had 10 schools, and it became the Atlantic 10.
Although the conference has had "10" in its name since 1982, it has not had 10 members since Penn State left for the second and final time in 1991. Since then, the A10 has had anywhere from 8 to 16 full members (schools that play most of their sports in the conference). From 1997 to 2006, the A10 ran a football league, but it dropped the sport when the Colonial Athletic Association began a football league.
Members[change | change source]
Fourteen schools are full members. Most of the members are private schools; seven are run by the Catholic Church.
- Duquesne left the A10 in 1992 to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now known as the Horizon League), but came back in 1993.
Associate members[change | change source]
Two schools are "associate members" that play only one sport in the A10.
|Nickname||Joined||A10 Sport||Main Conference|
|Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania||Lock Haven, Pennsylvania||1870||Public||Bald Eagles||2010||Field hockey||PSAC (Div. II)|
|Saint Francis University||Loretto, Pennsylvania||1847||Private
|Red Flash||2013||Field hockey||Northeast Conference|
Former members[change | change source]
Ten schools were once full members of the A10, but are no longer in the conference.
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||Private
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte)||Charlotte, North Carolina||1946||Public||49ers||2005||2013||C-USA|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, Pennsylvania||1855||Public/private hybrid||Nittany Lions||1976
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||1787||Public/private hybrid||Panthers||1976||1982||ACC|
|Rutgers University||New Brunswick, New Jersey||1766||Public||Scarlet Knights||1976||1995||Big Ten|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1884||Public/private hybrid||Owls||1982||2013||The American|
|Villanova University||Villanova, Pennsylvania||1842||Private
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)||Blacksburg, Virginia||1872||Public||Hokies||1995||2000||ACC|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||Public||Mountaineers||1976||1995||Big 12|
|Xavier University||Cincinnati, Ohio||1831||Private
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Atlantic 10 Conference.|
- "Atlantic 10 Conference". atlantic10.com. Retrieved 2014-07-06.