Atlantic Sun Conference
The Atlantic Sun Conference, branded since the 2016–17 school year as the ASUN Conference, is a NCAA conference whose members play in the NCAA Division I. The conference is headquartered in Macon, Georgia and mostly features universities and colleges from the southeastern United States. The ASUN does not play football.
The ASUN began in 1978 as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC). It became the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001.
Members[change | change source]
As of the 2016–17 school year, the ASUN has eight full members, or schools that play almost all of their sports in the conference.
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers, Florida||1991||Public||Eagles||2007|
|Jacksonville University||Jacksonville, Florida||1934||Private||Dolphins||1998|
|Kennesaw State University||Kennesaw, Georgia||1963||Public||Owls||2005|
|Lipscomb University||Nashville, Tennessee||1891||Private||Bisons||2003|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)||Newark, New Jersey||1881||Public||Highlanders||2015|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville, Florida||1969||Public||Ospreys||2005|
|Stetson University||DeLand, Florida||1883||Private||Hatters||1985|
|University of South Carolina Upstate
|Spartanburg, South Carolina||1967||Public||Spartans||2007|
Future member[change | change source]
|University of North Alabama||Florence, Alabama||1830||Public||Lions||2018|
The most recent membership change came in July 2015, when Northern Kentucky University left the ASUN to join the Horizon League and was replaced by NJIT, which had previously been an independent (not in any conference).
NJIT joined the conference immediately in all ASUN sports that it sponsors except for men's soccer. That team continued to play in the Sun Belt Conference through the 2015 season because NJIT had a contract to play in that league through that time.
Associate members[change | change source]
The ASUN also has seven "associate members" that play one or two sports in the conference while being full members of another conference. An eighth school will become an associate member in July 2017.
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||Public||Chippewas||2015||Women's lacrosse||Mid-American Conference|
|Coastal Carolina University||Conway, South Carolina||1954||Public||Chanticleers||2015 (BV)
|Sun Belt Conference|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan||1877||Private||Titans||2012||Women's lacrosse||Horizon League|
|Furman University||Greenville, South Carolina||1826||Private||Paladins||2013||Women's lacrosse||Southern Conference|
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||1867||Private||Lady Bison||2013||Women's lacrosse||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|Mercer University||Macon, Georgia||1833||Private||Bears||2014 (both)||Beach volleyball,
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||Public||Monarchs||2014||Women's lacrosse||Conference USA|
Future associate member[change | change source]
|Wofford College||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1854||Private||Terriers||2017||Women's lacrosse||Southern Conference|
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Atlantic Sun Conference|
- Horizon League (May 11, 2015). "Northern Kentucky University to Join Horizon League in July". Press release. http://www.horizonleague.org/blog/northern-kentucky-university-to-join-horizon-league-in-july. Retrieved May 2015.
- Atlantic Sun Conference (June 12, 2015). "New Jersey Institute of Technology to Join the Atlantic Sun: #NJITToASun". Press release. http://atlanticsun.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/releases/20150612cws6jg. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- North Alabama Lions (December 6, 2016). "UNA Accepts ASUN Division I Invitation". Press release. http://roarlions.com/news/2016/12/6/general-una-accepts-asun-invitation-to-move-to-division-i.aspx. Retrieved December 11, 2016.