East Coast Conference

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East Coast Conference
East Coast Conference logo
Established 1989
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 10 full, 5 associate
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
Region Northeastern United States
Headquarters Central Islip, New York
Commissioner Robert Dranoff (since 2008)
Website eccsports.org
East Coast Conference locations

The East Coast Conference (ECC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut and New York, as well as the District of Columbia.


The East Coast Conference was founded in 1989 as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference. Its charter members included:

Other members that joined were:

The ECC has become a lacrosse powerhouse, seeing six ECC teams win the Division II Men's Lacrosse championship over the past 10 years. In addition, at least 1 ECC team has competed in 13 the last 14 championship games. Recent ECC champions include Adelphi (1998, 1999, 2001), C.W. Post (1996, 2006 Tri-Champion), Dowling College (2006 Tri-Champion), NYIT (1997, 2003, 2005, 2008), and Mercyhurst College (2006 Tri-Champion, 2007)

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined
University of Bridgeport Purple Knights Bridgeport, Connecticut 1927 Private 5,543 2000
Daemen College Wildcats Amherst, New York 1947 Private (Nonsectarian) 2,100 2013
University of the District of Columbia Firebirds Washington, D.C. 1851 Public 5,471 2011
Dowling College Golden Lions Oakdale, New York 1963 Private 7,000 1989
Long Island University–Post Pioneers Brookville, New York 1954 Private 8,472 1989
Mercy College Mavericks Dobbs Ferry, New York 1950 Private 10,000 1989
Molloy College Lions Rockville Centre, New York 1955 Private 3,533 1989
New York Institute of Technology Bears Old Westbury, New York 1955 Private 12,755 1989
Queens College Knights Flushing, New York 1937 Public 17,639 1989
Roberts Wesleyan College Redhawks Chili, New York 1866 Private (Free Methodist) 2,000 2012
St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans Sparkill, New York 1952 Private 2,400 2000

Associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary
ECC Sports
Chestnut Hill College Griffins Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1924 Private 2,000 2009-10 CACC men's lacrosse
Dominican College Chargers Orangeburg, New York 1952 Private 1,678 2006-07 CACC men's lacrosse
Georgian Court University Lions Lakewood, New Jersey 1908 Private 3,153 2012-13 CACC track & field

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Adelphi University Panthers Garden City, New York 1896 Private 7,859 1989 2009 Northeast-10 (NE-10)
Concordia College Clippers Bronxville, New York 1881 Private 2,431 1989 2009 CACC
Southampton College of Long Island University Colonials Southampton, New York 1963 Public 75 1989 2005 Dropped athletics; now part of Stony Brook University
University of New Haven Chargers West Haven, Connecticut 1920 Private 6,400 2002 2008 Northeast-10 (NE-10)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Highlanders Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public 9,944 1997 2000 NCAA D-I Independent
Pace University Setters New York City, New York 1906 Private 14,177 1989 1997 Northeast-10 (NE-10)
Philadelphia University Rams Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Private 3,374 1991 2005 CACC
The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights Albany, New York 1920 Private 4,863 1991 2000 Northeast-10 (NE-10)

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Primary
ECC Sports
Lake Erie College Storm Painesville, Ohio 1856 Private 975 2009-10 2011-12 GLIAC men's lacrosse;
women's lacrosse
Mercyhurst College Lakers Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Private 4,400 2005-06 2011-12 PSAC men's lacrosse
Seton Hill University Griffins Greensburg, Pennsylvania 1883 Private 2,014 2009-10 2011-12 PSAC men's lacrosse;
women's lacrosse
Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Private 1,200 2009-10 2011-12 MEC men's lacrosse
  • Lake Erie, Mercyhurst, Seton Hill, and Wheeling Jesuit left the ECC to become part of the Men's ECAC Division II Lacrosse League starting in the 2013 season.[1] The women's teams at Lake Erie and Seton Hill were moved their to their primary conference.

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 


East Coast Conference sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in the following sports:

Conference sports
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