America East Conference

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America East Conference
(America East)
America East Conference logo
Established 1979
Association NCAA
Division Division I non-football
Members 11 (full: 9; associate: 2)
Sports fielded 20 (men's: 9 teams; women's: 11 teams)
Region Northeastern United States
Former names ECAC North (1979–1988)
North Atlantic Conference (1988–1996)
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts
Commissioner Amy Huchthausen
Website americaeast.com
Locations
America East Conference locations

The America East Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division I, whose members are located mainly in the Northeastern United States. The conference was known as the ECAC North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from the fall semester of 1988 to the end of the spring semester of 1996.

Locations of current America East Conference full member institutions.

History[edit]

The America East Conference was founded as the ECAC North, a men's basketball-only athletic conference in 1979. The charter members were the following: The University of Rhode Island, the College of the Holy Cross, Canisius College, Niagara University, Colgate University, Northeastern University, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. Rhode Island left in 1980, while Holy Cross left in 1983. Siena College joined in 1984. The University of Hartford joined in 1985. Later, the conference became an all-sports conference, named as the North Atlantic Conference in the 1988-89 season, only for Canisius, Niagara and Siena to leave after the spring of 1989 to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), while Colgate followed the departure in 1990. The University of Delaware and Drexel University joined in 1991. Hofstra University joined in 1994, while Towson University joined in 1995. On July 1, 1996, the conference's name changed to its present name, the America East Conference. During 2001, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson left to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) while the University at Albany, Binghamton University and Stony Brook University replaced them. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) soon joined in 2003. Northeastern left in 2005. Boston University left to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013, while the University of Massachusetts Lowell joined from Division II.

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

There are nine schools with full membership:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined U.S. News National University Rank
University at Albany, SUNY Albany, New York Great Danes 1844 Public 18,202 2001 #128
Binghamton University, SUNY Vestal, New York Bearcats 1946 Public 14,898 2001 #97
University of Hartford Hartford, Connecticut Hawks 1877 Private 7,366 1985 #98 (Regional University - North)
University of Maine Orono, Maine Black Bears 1865 Public 11,818 1979 #167
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland Retrievers 1966 Public 12,268 2003 #158
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts River Hawks 1894 Public 16,969 2013 #158
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire Wildcats 1866 Public 14,964 1979 #97
Stony Brook University, SUNY Stony Brook, New York Seawolves 1957 Public 24,594 2001 #82
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont Catamounts 1791 Public 11,054 1979 #82

Associate members[edit]

There are two schools with associate membership:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Primary
Conference
AmEast Sport Joined
Fairfield University[1] Fairfield, Connecticut Stags 1942 Private 3,800 MAAC field hockey 2007-08
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island Friars 1917 Private 3,850 Big East women's volleyball 2010-11
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey Highlanders 1881 Public 10,130 D-I Independent women's tennis 2014-15

* - Fairfield will move its field hockey program to its all-sports conference, the MAAC, in July 2015.[2]

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts Terriers 1939 Private 29,978 1979 2013 Patriot
Canisius College Buffalo, New York Golden Griffins 1870 Private 5,152 1979 1989 MAAC
Colgate University Hamilton, New York Raiders 1819 Private 2,837 1979 1990 Patriot
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders 1843 Private 2,872 1979 1983 Patriot
Niagara University Lewiston, New York Purple Eagles 1856 Private 4,200 1979 1989 MAAC
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts Huskies 1898 Private 12,913 1979 2005 CAA
University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island Rams 1888 Public 19,095 1979 1980 Atlantic 10 (A-10)
Siena College Loudonville, New York Saints 1937 Private 3,423 1984 1989 MAAC
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 1743 Private/Public 19,391 1991 2001 CAA
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dragons 1891 Private 25,500 1991 2001 CAA
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York Pride 1935 Private 12,400 1994 2001 CAA
Towson University Towson, Maryland Tigers 1866 Public 21,950 1995 2001 CAA

Membership timeline[edit]

University of Massachusetts Lowell University of Maryland, Baltimore County Stony Brook University Binghamton University University at Albany, SUNY Colonial Athletic Association Towson University Colonial Athletic Association Hofstra University Colonial Athletic Association Drexel University Colonial Athletic Association University of Delaware Northeast Conference The Summit League East Coast Conference (Division I) Central Connecticut State University University of Hartford Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Siena College University of Vermont University of New Hampshire University of Maine Patriot League Boston University Colonial Athletic Association Northeastern University Patriot League Colgate University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Niagara University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Canisius College Patriot League Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference College of the Holy Cross Atlantic 10 Conference University of Rhode Island

Full members (non-football) Other Conference Other Conference

Sports Sponsored[edit]

The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3]

Teams in America East Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
6
-
Basketball
9
9
Cross Country
8
8
Field Hockey
-
6
Lacrosse
6
7
Soccer
8
9
Softball
-
7
Swimming & Diving
-
7
Tennis
5
6
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
9
Track and Field (outdoor)
9
9
Volleyball
-
7

Facilities[edit]

Member Basketball arena Capacity Baseball field Capacity
Albany SEFCU Arena 4,538 Varsity Field N/A
Binghamton Binghamton University Events Center 5,142 Varsity Field 1,000
Hartford Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion 4,017 Fiondella Field 1,000
Maine Cross Insurance Center
Memorial Gym
8,000
1,340
Larry Mahaney Diamond 3,000
New Hampshire Lundholm Gym 3,500 Non-baseball school
Stony Brook Stony Brook University Arena 4,160 Joe Nathan Field 1,000
UMass Lowell Costello Athletic Center
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell[4][5]
2,100
6,495
Edward A. LeLacheur Park 4,767
UMBC Retriever Activities Center 4,024 The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC 1,000
Vermont Patrick Gym 3,266 Non-baseball school

The conference does not sponsor football. Four members have football programs, all of which compete in the Colonial Athletic Association: Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, and Stony Brook.

The conference does not sponsor ice hockey. Members who participate in that sport (UMass Lowell, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) do so as members of Hockey East.

Champions[edit]

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