Atlantic Sun Conference
The Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) 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 A-Sun does not play football.
The A-Sun 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 2015–16 school year, the A-Sun 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|
The most recent membership change came in July 2015, when Northern Kentucky University left the A-Sun 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 A-Sun sports that it sponsors except for men's soccer. That team will play in the Sun Belt Conference through the 2015 season because NJIT has a contract to play in that league through that time.
Associate members[change | change source]
The A-Sun also has seven "associate members" that play one or two sports in the conference while being full members of another conference.
|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||Beach volleyball||Big South Conference
(Sun Belt Conference in 2016)
|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||Beach volleyball,
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||Public||Monarchs||2014||Women's lacrosse||Conference USA|
References[change | change source]
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- 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.