Atlantic Sun Conference
|Atlantic Sun Conference
|Division||Division I non-football|
|Sports fielded||19 (men's: 8; women's: 11)|
|Region||Southeastern United States|
|Former names||Trans America Athletic Conference (1978–2001)|
|Commissioner||Ted Gumbart (since 2007)|
The Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) is a college athletic conference operating in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and does not sponsor football. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978, its headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia.
Northern Kentucky University, which is transitioning from NCAA Division II sports to Division I, joined the A-Sun in 2012. The league's newest program replaces Belmont University, which moved to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), and this addition maintains the membership roster at 10 schools.
Membership history 
Current members 
|East Tennessee State University||Johnson City, Tennessee||1911||Public||15,530||2005||Buccaneers|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers, Florida||1991||Public||11,594||2007||Eagles|
|Jacksonville University||Jacksonville, Florida||1934||Private||3,400||1998||Dolphins|
|Kennesaw State University||Kennesaw, Georgia||1963||Public||24,600||2005||Owls|
|Lipscomb University||Nashville, Tennessee||1891||Private||3,000||2003||Bisons|
|Mercer University||Macon, Georgia||1833||Private||8,300||1978||Bears|
|Northern Kentucky University||Highland Heights, Kentucky||1968||Public||15,405||2012||Norse|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville, Florida||1969||Public||16,500||2005||Ospreys|
|University of South Carolina Upstate||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1967||Public||6,000||2007||Spartans|
|Stetson University||DeLand, Florida||1883||Private||2,200||1985||Hatters|
Associate members 
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Nickname||Primary Conference||A-Sun Sports|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan||1877||Private||5,700||2012||Titans||Horizon League||women's lacrosse|
|Elon University†||Elon, North Carolina||1889||Private||5,916||2013||Phoenix||SoCon||women's lacrosse|
|Furman University†^||Greenville, South Carolina||1826||Private||3,121||2013||Paladins||SoCon||men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse|
|High Point University^||High Point, North Carolina||1924||Private||3,603||2013||Panthers||Big South||men's lacrosse|
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||1867||Private||10,991||2012||Bison||MEAC||women's lacrosse|
|University of Richmond^||Richmond, Virginia||1830||Private||4,249||2013||Spiders||Atlantic 10||men's lacrosse|
|Virginia Military Institute^||Lexington, Virginia||1839||Public||1,500||2013||Keydets||Big South||men's lacrosse|
† - Future member; will join the Atlantic Sun for women's lacrosse for the 2014 women's lacrosse season (2013–14 school year).
^ - Future member; will join the Atlantic Sun for men's lacrosse for the 2014 men's lacrosse season (2013–14 school year), the first year the conference will sponsor the sport.
Former members 
School names and nicknames listed here reflect those used during the schools' time in the TAAC/A-Sun. One school has changed both its name and nickname, and three others have changed only their nicknames.
- Oklahoma City adopted its current nickname of Stars in 1999.
- Northeast Louisiana adopted its current name of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999. The school adopted its current nickname of Warhawks in 2006, when it joined the Sun Belt Conference.
- FIU dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2010, becoming simply the Panthers.
- UCF dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2007, becoming simply the Knights.
Membership timeline 
- Northeast Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Louisiana–Monroe) in 1999.
- Pan American now brands itself for athletic purposes as UTPA, but media generally refer to the school by its more complete name of Texas–Pan American.
Sports Sponsored 
The Atlantic Sun Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Howard and Detroit are Associate members for lacrosse. For the 2013–14 school year, the A-Sun will add five new associate members, all in lacrosse. High Point, Richmond, and VMI will join in men's lacrosse, Elon in women's lacrosse, and Furman in both.
|Track and Field (Indoor)||
|Track and Field (Outdoor)||
All sports championships 
The Jesse C. Fletcher and Sherman Day Trophies are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference. The Bill Bibb Trophy, combining the men's and women's results for the best overall program, was first awarded in 2006-07; East Tennessee State has won all six years it has been awarded.
Men's All Sports: Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy 
|2005-06||East Tennessee State|
|2006-07||East Tennessee State|
|2007-08||East Tennessee State|
|2008-09||East Tennessee State|
|2009-10||East Tennessee State|
|2010-11||East Tennessee State|
|2011-12||East Tennessee State|
Women's All Sport: Sherman Day Trophy 
|1985-86||Stetson, Georgia State|
|2006-07||East Tennessee State|
- Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament
- Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament
- Atlantic Sun Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
Notes and references 
- "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- The Midwestern City Conference is now known as the Horizon League.
- UTPA joined the Great West, previously a football-only conference, when it became an all-sports conference in 2008. However, UTPA has not sponsored football since the 1940s, when it was a junior college, and the Great West dropped the sport after the 2011 season. UTPA has announced it will leave the Great West for the Western Athletic Conference in 2013.
- Houston Baptist has announced that it will leave the Great West for the Southland Conference in 2013.
- Although the Sun Belt Conference competes in football at the Division I FBS level, Arkansas-Little Rock does not sponsor the sport.
- Georgia Southern will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. As part of this move, it will begin a transition to FBS football in 2013.
- Georgia State did not start its football program until 2010.
- Georgia State will join the Sun Belt in 2013.
- Although the Southland Conference competes in football at the Division I FCS level, UTSA did not sponsor the sport until 2011. It never competed in the Southland Conference in football; it started a two-year transition to FBS in 2011, joined the WAC in 2012, and will join Conference USA (C-USA) in 2013.
- FIU will join C-USA in 2013.
- Although the Southern Conference competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Charleston does not sponsor the sport. It has announced it will join the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013.
- UCF has announced it will join the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
- Florida Atlantic will join C-USA in 2013.
- Campbell is a full member of the Big South, but does not participate in the Big South football conference. The school operates a non-scholarship FCS program in the Pioneer Football League.
- "Belmont moving to Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13". USA Today. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
- Although the OVC sponsors Division I FCS football, Belmont has no football program.
- Atlantic Sun: All Sports Race