New England Collegiate Conference
|New England Collegiate Conference
|Sports fielded||14 (men's: 7; women's: 8)|
|Headquarters||North Attleborough, Massachusetts|
The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) has been the name of two incarnations of collegiate athletic conferences.
Former Division II conference
The NECC was an NCAA Division II college athletic conference based in the Northeastern United States that dissolved during the late 1990s after most of its members either moved to Division I or joined Division II leagues such as the Northeast Ten Conference or the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference, now known as the East Coast Conference.
The conference was founded in 1981 as the New England College Basketball League, and eventually expanded to sponsor eleven sports: men's and women's soccer,men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball.
Modern Division III conference
In June 2007, nine colleges from New England announced the creation of a new athletic conference under the same NECC name.
The league, which will begin operations July 1, 2008, as a Division III conference includes Bay Path College (Longmeadow, Mass.), Becker College (Leicester, Mass.), Daniel Webster College (Nashua, N.H.), Elms College (Chicopee, Mass.), Lesley University (Cambridge, Mass.), Mitchell College (New London, Conn.), Newbury College (Brookline, Mass.), Southern Vermont College (Bennington, Vt.), and Wheelock College (Boston, Mass.). The most recent expansion is the addition of Regis College (Weston, Mass.), effective in the 2011-12 academic year.
The conference plans to initially sponsor 14 championship sports.
|Bay Path College†||Longmeadow, Massachusetts||Wildcats||1897||Private||1,501||2008|
|Becker College||Worcester, Massachusetts||Hawks||1784||Private||2,079||2008|
|Daniel Webster College||Nashua, New Hampshire||Eagles||1965||Private||722||2008|
|Elms College||Chicopee, Massachusetts||Blazers||1899||Catholic||1,013||2008|
|Lesley University||Cambridge, Massachusetts||Lynx||1909||Private||9,625||2008|
|Mitchell College||New London, Connecticut||Mariners||1938||Private||1,000||2008|
|Newbury College||Brookline, Massachusetts||Nighthawks||1962||Private||1,311||2008|
|Regis College||Weston, Massachusetts||Pride||1927||Catholic||1,811||2011|
|Southern Vermont College||Bennington, Vermont||Mountaineers||1926||Private||410||2008|
|Wheelock College||Boston, Massachusetts||Wildcats||1888||Private||1,086||2008|
† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports
- Bill Bayno, Sacred Heart, Former UNLV head men's basketball coach
- Manute Bol, Bridgeport, NBA center with Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers
- Joe Nathan, Stony Brook, Major League Baseball pitcher with San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, and Texas Rangers
- Mike Petke, Southern Connecticut, MLS soccer player with Colorado Rapids, New York/New Jersey Metrostars and DC United