Appalachian Athletic Conference

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For the North Carolina high school association formerly known as the "Appalachian Athletic Conference", see Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.
Appalachian Athletic Conference
Appalachian Athletic Conference logo
Established 2001
Association NAIA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
Region Southeastern United States
Region XII of the NAIA
Headquarters Asheville, North Carolina
Commissioner Col. John Sullivan
Appalachian Athletic Conference locations

The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) is a college athletic conference that competes in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II competition.[1] Members of the conference are located in the Southeastern United States in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. [1] The conference is the successor to the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC), which began in the 1940s;[1] and later the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference (TVAC) that operated during the 1980s and 1990s.[1] The Appalachian Athletic Conference was formed in 2001 with the additions of members from Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[1]

Bluefield College was a member of the AAC from 2001 until 2012 when it left to join the Mid-South Conference. On March 3, 2014, Bluefield College announced that it would return to the AAC effective fall 2014.[2]

Conference sports[edit]

The Appalachian Athletic Conference currently fields 15 sports (8 men's and 9 women's):

Conference sports
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Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has 12 full members:

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 Private (Baptist General Association of Virginia) 793 2001, 2014[a 1] Rams
Bryan College Dayton, Tennessee 1930 Private (non-denominational) 1,044 2001 Lions
Columbia College[a 2] Columbia, South Carolina 1854 Private (Methodist) 1,200 2011 Fighting Koalas
Milligan College Elizabethton, Tennessee 1866 Private (Christian churches and churches of Christ) 1,006 2001 Buffaloes
Montreat College Montreat, North Carolina 1916 Private (Presbyterian) 1,145 2001 Cavaliers
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 Private (Christian churches and churches of Christ) 1,000 2011 Skyhawks
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 Private (Methodist) 1,057 2009 Eagles
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1958 Private 800 2012 Knights
Savannah College of Art and Design at Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia 2005 Private 2,000 2012 Bees
Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens, Tennessee 1857 Private (Methodist) 1,103 2001 Bulldogs
Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, Georgia 1946 Private/Christian (Baptist) 1,600 2013 Bears
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 Private/Christian (Methodist) 1,368 2001 Bulldogs
  1. ^ Bluefield left in 2012 for the Mid-South Conference, but returned to the AAC in 2014.
  2. ^ Columbia College participates in women's sports only.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Current Conference
King College (now King University) Bristol, Tennessee 1867 Private (Presbyterian) 1990 2010 Tornado Conference Carolinas (NCAA DII)
Virginia Intermont College Bristol, Virginia 1884 Private/Christian (Baptist) 916 2001 2014 Cobras Dropped athletics[3]

Membership timeline[edit]

Truett-McConnell College Savannah College of Art and Design St. Andrews University Point University Columbia College (South Carolina) Reinhardt University Virginia Intermont College Union College (Kentucky) Tennessee Wesleyan College Montreat College Milligan College Bryan College Mid-South Conference Bluefield College

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  1. ^ a b c d e "NAIA Conference Profile: Appalachian Athletic Conference". NAIA. Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bluefield College returns to Appalachian Athletic Conference". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hubbard, Nate (16 April 2014). [Coaches: VI to end support of athletics after this season "Coaches: VI to end support of athletics after this season"]. Bristol Herald Courier. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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