North Coast Athletic Conference
|North Coast Athletic Conference
|Sports fielded||22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)|
|Commissioner||Keri Alexander Luchowski|
The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference composed of colleges located in the Midwestern United States. When founded in 1984, the league was a pioneer in gender equality, offering competition in a then-unprecedented 10 women's sports. Today it remains true to that legacy, sponsoring 22 sports, 11 per gender.
The NCAC is respected for the academic strength of its member institutions — all of which have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. In its most recent college rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized all 10 members as top-tier liberal arts colleges, and ranked five NCAC institutions among the nation's top 70 such colleges.
The formation of the NCAC is announced at joint news conferences in Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh on February 1983. Allegheny College, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster were charter members in 1984, the same year that NCAC athletic conference play began.
In 1988, Earlham College and Wittenberg College accepted invitations to join the NCAC, pushing conference membership to nine schools in three states. The two schools would begin play in the fall of 1989. In 1998, Hiram College, and Wabash College accepted invitations to join the NCAC, pushing conference membership to 10 schools in three states, which both schools began play in the fall of 1999. Case Western Reserve, a charter member of the NCAC, announced that it would leave the NCAC following the 1998-99 academic year. The Spartans would compete on a full-time basis in the University Athletic Association (UAA) after more than a decade of joint conference membership affiliation.
Most recently, Earlham announced that it would depart the NCAC for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), beginning with the 2010-11 season. DePauw University would become the 10th member of the NCAC, beginning in the 2011-12 season.
Member schools 
Current members 
The league currently has 10 full members:
Top Colleges 
|Allegheny College||Meadville, Pennsylvania||Gators||1815||Private/Methodist||2,100||#86||#153||1984|
|Denison University||Granville, Ohio||Big Red||1831||Private/Non-sectarian||2,100||#49||#109||1984|
|DePauw University||Greencastle, Indiana||Tigers||1837||Private/Methodist||2,350||#53||#50||2011|
|Hiram College||Hiram, Ohio||Terriers||1850||Private/Disciples of Christ||1,395||#156||#168||1999|
|Kenyon College||Gambier, Ohio||Lords (men's)
|Oberlin College||Oberlin, Ohio||Yeomen (men's)
|Ohio Wesleyan University||Delaware, Ohio||Battling Bishops||1842||Private/Methodist||1,850||#102||#226||1984|
|Wabash College*||Crawfordsville, Indiana||Little Giants||1832||Private/Non-sectarian||850||#53||#86||1999|
|Wittenberg University||Springfield, Ohio||Tigers||1845||Private/Lutheran||2,050||#121||#189||1988|
|The College of Wooster||Wooster, Ohio||Fighting Scots||1866||Private/Presbyterian||1,827||#71||#99||1984|
* Wabash is an all-male institution, so the NCAC has at most nine teams competing in women's sports.
Former members 
|Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland, Ohio||Spartans||1826||Private||9,685||1984||1999||UAA|
|Earlham College||Richmond, Indiana||Quakers||1847||Private||1,181||1988||2010||HCAC|
Membership timeline 
See also