Atlantic Sun Conference

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Atlantic Sun Conference
Atlantic Sun Conference logo
Established 1978
Association NCAA
Division Division I non-football
Members 8
Sports fielded 19 (men's: 8; women's: 11)
Region Southeastern United States
Former names Trans America Athletic Conference (1978–2001)
Headquarters Macon, Georgia
Commissioner Ted Gumbart (since 2007)
Atlantic Sun Conference locations

The Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) is a collegiate 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,[1] 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 replaced Belmont University, which moved to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC),[2] and maintained the membership roster at 10 schools. The 2014 departure of East Tennessee State University and Mercer University to the Southern Conference left the A-Sun with 8 full members.

Membership history[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment U.S. News
Endowment [3] Joined Nickname
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, Florida 1991 Public 14,100 79
(Regional: South)
$55,552,348 2007 Eagles
Jacksonville University Jacksonville, Florida 1934 Private 3,400 62
(Regional: South)
$35,399,399 1998 Dolphins
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Georgia 1963 Public 24,600 69
(Regional: South)
$24,388,385 2005 Owls
Lipscomb University Nashville, Tennessee 1891 Private 4,593 20
(Regional: South)
$55,828,784 2003 Bisons
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, Kentucky 1968 Public 15,405 77
(Regional: South)
$74,270,000 2012 Norse
University of North Florida Jacksonville, Florida 1969 Public 16,500 51
(Regional: South)
$75,526,635 2005 Ospreys
University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg, South Carolina 1967 Public 6,000 29
(Regional College: South)
$4,010,537 2007 Spartans
Stetson University DeLand, Florida 1883 Private 2,200 5
(Regional: South)
$147,682,533 1985 Hatters

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname Primary Conference A-Sun Sports
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 1877 Private 5,700 2012–13 Titans Horizon women's lacrosse
Furman University Greenville, South Carolina 1826 Private 3,121 2013–14 Paladins SoCon women's lacrosse
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 Private 10,991 2012–13 Lady Bison MEAC women's lacrosse
Mercer University Macon, Georgia 1833 Private 8,500 2014–15 Bears SoCon women's lacrosse
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public 24,125 2014–15 Monarchs C-USA women's lacrosse

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname New Conference
Current Conference
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1904 Private 3,770 1978 1979 Chiefs[a 1] Midwestern City[b 1]
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Sooner (SAC) (NAIA Division I)
Pan American University[a 2][a 3] Edinburg, Texas 1927 Public 19,302 1978 1980 Broncs[a 4] NCAA D-I Independent
(NCAA Division I non-football)
(NCAA Division I non-football)
Northeast Louisiana University[a 5] Monroe, Louisiana 1931 Public 8,405 1978 1982 Indians[a 5] Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 1960 Private 2,567 1978 1989 Huskies NAIA Independent
(NAIA non-football)
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Hardin–Simmons University Abilene, Texas 1891 Private 2,435 1978 1990 Cowboys TIAA
(NCAA Division III)
American Southwest
(NCAA Division III)
Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana 1825 Private 787 1978 1999 Gentlemen (men's)
Ladies (women's)
NCAA D-I Independent
(NCAA Division I non-football)
(NCAA Division III non-football)
Samford University Homewood, Alabama 1841 Private 4,440 1978 2003 Bulldogs OVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Northwestern State University Natchitoches, Louisiana 1884 Public 9,244 1979 1984 Demons Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 Public 13,000 1979 1991 Trojans Sun Belt[b 2]
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia 1906 Public 20,584 1979 1992 Eagles SoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Nicholls State University[a 6] Thibodaux, Louisiana 1948 Public 7,093 1982 1984 Colonels Gulf Star
(NCAA Division I FCS)
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 1913 Public 32,087 1983 2005 Panthers CAA
(NCAA Division I non-football)[b 3]
Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 1969 Public 30,474 1986 1991 Roadrunners Southland
(NCAA Division I non-football)[b 4]
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana 1925 Public 17,800 1991 1997 Lions Southland
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Florida International University University Park, Florida 1965 Public 50,394 1990 1998 Golden Panthers[a 7] Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I non-football)[4]
(NCAA Division I FBS)
College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina 1770 Public 11,320 1991 1998 Cougars SoCon
(NCAA Division I non-football)
CAA[b 5]
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 1963 Public 60,181 1992 2005 Golden Knights[a 8] C-USA
(NCAA Division I FBS)
The American
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida 1961 Public 29,290 1993 2006 Owls Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)[b 6]
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, Alabama 1883 Public 9,490 1995 2003 Gamecocks OVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Troy University Troy, Alabama 1887 Public 29,689 1997 2005 Trojans Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)[b 7]
Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905 Private 4,300 2002 2008 Runnin' Bulldogs Big South
(NCAA Division I FCS)
Campbell University Buies Creek, North Carolina 1887 Private 4,120 1994 2011 Fighting Camels Big South
(NCAA Division I FCS)[b 8]
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890 Private 6,647 2001 2012 Bruins OVC
(NCAA Division I FCS)[b 9]
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee 1911 Public 15,530 2005 2014 Buccaneers SoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS)[b 10]
Mercer University Macon, Georgia 1833 Private 8,300 1978 2014 Bears SoCon
(NCAA Division I FCS) [b 11]

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:

  1. ^ Oklahoma City adopted its current nickname of Stars in 1999.
  2. ^ Pan American adopted its current name of the University of Texas–Pan American in 1989.
  3. ^ In July 2015, UTPA will merge with the University of Texas at Brownsville to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
  4. ^ To become the UTRGV Vaqueros following the 2015 merger.
  5. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ Nicholls State was a provisional member, and as such was never a full member of the TAAC.
  7. ^ FIU dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2010, becoming simply the Panthers.
  8. ^ UCF dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2007, becoming simply the Knights.
  1. ^ The Midwestern City Conference is now known as the Horizon League.
  2. ^ Although the Sun Belt Conference competes in football at the Division I FBS level, UALR does not sponsor the sport.
  3. ^ The CAA began an FCS-level football league in 2007, but Georgia State did not sponsor the sport until 2010. It began a transition from FCS to FBS in 2013, and joined the FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
  4. ^ 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 joined Conference USA (C-USA) in 2013.
  5. ^ Although the CAA competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Charleston does not sponsor the sport.
  6. ^ Florida Atlantic joined the Sun Belt for football in the 2005 season before becoming an all-sports member in 2006.
  7. ^ Troy became a Sun Belt football member in 2004, a year before it became an all-sports member.
  8. ^ Campbell is a full member of the Big South, but does not participate in the Big South’s football conference. The school operates a non-scholarship FCS program in the Pioneer Football League.
  9. ^ Although the OVC competes in football at the Division I FCS level, Belmont does not sponsor the sport.[5]
  10. ^ ETSU, which had left the SoCon to join the A-Sun in 2005 after dropping football in 2003. The Buccaneers returned to the SoCon as part of relaunching the dormant football program in 2014; football will begin play in 2015 as an FCS independent, with SoCon football membership following in 2016.
  11. ^ Mercer joined the SoCon after the football program, which last played a game in 1941, signed its first players in 2012, with full play beginning in 2013.

Membership timeline[edit]

Northern Kentucky University University of South Carolina Upstate Florida Gulf Coast University University of North Florida Kennesaw State University East Tennessee State University Lipscomb University Gardner-Webb University Belmont University Jacksonville University Troy University Jacksonville State University Campbell University Florida Atlantic University University of Central Florida College of Charleston Southeastern Louisiana University Florida International University The University of Texas at San Antonio Stetson University Georgia State University Nicholls State University Georgia Southern University University of Arkansas at Little Rock Northwestern State University Mercer University Samford University Centenary College of Louisiana Hardin–Simmons University Houston Baptist University University of Louisiana at Monroe The University of Texas–Pan American Oklahoma City University

  • 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. In July 2015, UTPA will merge with the University of Texas at Brownsville to create the new University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV); the new school will inherit UTPA's athletic program.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Locations of current Atlantic Sun Conference full member institutions.

The Atlantic Sun Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[6] In the 2014–15 school year, four schools are associate members in women's lacrosse: Detroit, Howard, Furman, and Old Dominion.

The most recent change to the roster of A-Sun sports took place after the 2013–14 school year. Under a cooperative agreement between the A-Sun and Southern Conference (SoCon), the two leagues agreed to split lacrosse sponsorship. The SoCon took over the A-Sun men's lacrosse league, while women's lacrosse sponsorship remained with the A-Sun.[7]

Teams in Atlantic Sun Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Cross Country
Sand Volleyball*
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (Outdoor)
  • = Under a cooperative agreement, starting in 2014-15, men's lacrosse is sponsored by the Southern Conference and women's by the A-Sun.[7]
  • * = Sand volleyball is an NCAA "emerging sport" which is fully sanctioned, but does not yet have a national championship.[8]


School Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Florida Gulf Coast Alico Arena 4,633 Swanson Stadium 1,500 FGCU Soccer Complex 1,500
Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (men)
Swisher Gymnasium (women)
John Sessions Stadium 1,500 Ashley Sports Complex 500
Kennessaw State KSU Convocation Center 4,792 Fred Stillwell Stadium 1,200 Fifth Third Bank Stadium 8,300
Lipscomb Allen Arena 5,028 Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium 1,500 Lipscomb Soccer Complex 600
North Florida UNF Arena 5,800 Harmon Stadium 1,000 Hodges Stadium 9,300
Northern Kentucky The Bank of Kentucky Center 9,400 Bill Aker Baseball Complex 500 NKU Soccer Stadium 1,000
Stetson Edmunds Center 5,000 Melching Field at Conrad Park 2,500 Stetson Soccer Complex 500
USC Upstate G. B. Hodge Center 828 Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park 500 County U. Soccer Stadium 300

All sports championships[edit]

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 this overall trophy seven of the eight years it has been awarded; Florida Gulf Coast won in 2012-13.[9]

Men's All Sports: Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy[edit]

Year Champion
1978-79 Oklahoma City
1979-80 Northeast Louisiana
1980-81 Northeast Louisiana
1981-82 Northeast Louisiana
1982-83 Georgia Southern
1983-84 Centenary
1984-85 Georgia Southern
1985-86 Houston Baptist
1986-87 Georgia Southern
1987-88 Georgia Southern
1988-89 Georgia Southern
1989-90 Georgia Southern
1990-91 Georgia Southern
1991-92 Florida International
1992-93 Florida International
1993-94 Florida International
1994-95 Central Florida
1995-96 Central Florida
1996-97 Florida International
1997-98 Georgia State
1998-99 Central Florida
1999-00 Georgia State
2000-01 Georgia State
2001-02 Georgia State
2002-03 Central Florida
2003-04 Central Florida
2004-05 Central Florida
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
2012-13 Florida Gulf Coast
2013-14 East Tennessee State

Women's All Sports: Sherman Day Trophy[edit]

Year Champion
1978-79 None
1979-80 None
1980-81 None
1981-82 None
1982-83 None
1983-84 None
1984-85 None
1985-86 Stetson, Georgia State
1986-87 Stetson
1987-88 Georgia State
1988-89 Georgia State
1989-90 Georgia State
1990-91 Florida International
1991-92 Florida International
1992-93 Georgia State
1993-94 Florida International
1994-95 Campbell
1995-96 Central Florida
1996-97 Central Florida
1997-98 Georgia State
1998-99 Central Florida
1999-00 Georgia State
2000-01 Georgia State
2001-02 Central Florida
2002-03 Central Florida
2003-04 Central Florida
2004-05 Central Florida
2005-06 Florida Atlantic
2006-07 East Tennessee State
2007-08 Jacksonville
2008-09 Jacksonville
2009-10 Kennesaw State
2010-11 Jacksonville
2011-12 Kennesaw State
2012-13 Florida Gulf Coast
2013-14 Jacksonville


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Northern Kentucky to Join Atlantic Sun" (Press release). Atlantic Sun Conference. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Rankings
  4. ^ The Sun Belt did not start its Division I-A (now FBS) football league until 2001, and FIU did not start a football program until 2002. It competed as a Division I-AA (now FCS) independent until joining Sun Belt football in 2005.
  5. ^ "Belmont moving to Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13". USA Today. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "SoCon, A-Sun Partner to Enhance Lacrosse" (Press release). Southern Conference. January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Atlantic Sun: All Sports Race

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