North Eastern Athletic Conference
|North Eastern Athletic Conference
|Sports fielded||17 (men's: 9; women's: 8)|
|Headquarters||Gansevoort, New York|
|Commissioner||Candice Poiss Murray|
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
The conference was formed in 2004 when 12 formerly independent colleges who wanted to belong to a conference joined forces and started the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The original membership consisted of the following schools: Baptist Bible College, Bard College, Philadelphia Biblical University (now known as Cairn University), Cazenovia College, Chestnut Hill College, D'Youville College, Keuka College, Keystone College, Penn State-Berks, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase), and Villa Julie College (now known as Stevenson University).
In 2007-08, with the departure of 5 institutions (Bard, Chestnut Hill, Polytechnic (N.Y.), SUNY Purchase, and Stevenson) and the arrival of 3 new members (Penn State-Harrisburg, Wells College, and Wilson College), the NEAC consisted of 10 members.
In 2008-09, the NEAC lost an additional three institutions (Baptist Bible, Cairn, and Keystone; all to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, currently named the Colonial States Athletic Conference), but gained two new members (State University of New York at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) and State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT)) bringing the total to nine members.
In 2009-10, the NEAC added three additional new members (College of Saint Elizabeth, Penn State-Abington, and State University of New York at Morrisville (SUNY Morrisville)) while losing a founding member (D'Youville). The NEAC had accepted four associate member institutions in that same season. Additionally, the NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in four sports: baseball; women's lacrosse; and men's and women's tennis.
In 2010-11, the NEAC was joined by one new member (Gallaudet University) while losing two associate members.
In 2011-12, the NEAC gained one new full member (Lancaster Bible College) along with one new associate member. The partnership between the NEAC and the NAC ended for baseball and women's lacrosse following the 2011-12 season.
In 2013-14, the NEAC lost one full member (Penn State-Harrisburg) but added an associate member (Cedar Crest College) and accepted two new full members (Bryn Athyn College and Pennsylvania College of Technology) beginning in the 2014-15 season. Also in that same season, Wilson College, a former women's college that became coeducational in the 2013–14 school year, began a men's athletic program, and four other schools became men's volleyball associates.
The league currently has twelve full members:
† - Women's-only college, therefore not sponsoring men's sports.
†† - Formerly a women's-only college, but added men's sports as of the 2014-15 season.
* - Provisional member
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Primary Conference||NEAC Sport|
|Cedar Crest College||Allentown, Pennsylvania||Falcons||1867||Private/Catholic||1,885||2013-14||CSAC||women's swimming|
|D'Youville College||Buffalo, New York||Spartans||1908||Private/Catholic||3,200||2014-15||AMCC||men's volleyball|
|Hilbert College||Hamburg, New York||Hawks||1957||Private/Catholic||1,100||2012-13lax
|Medaille College||Buffalo, New York||Mavericks||1937||Private/Non-sectarian||3,253||2008-09lax
|Penn State-Altoona||Allentown, Pennsylvania||Nittany Lions||1939||Public-private hybrid
|Rutgers–Camden||Camden, New Jersey||Scarlet Raptors||1766||Public||6,158||2011-12mg
- All of these institutions (except Penn State-Harrisburg) were charter members of the conference.
- Cairn University was formerly known as Philadelphia Biblical University.
- NYU Poly was formerly known as the Polytechnic University of New York.
- NYU Poly's athletics program was merged into New York University's athletic program in 2014.
- Stevenson University was formerly known as Villa Julie College.
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- Swimming & Diving
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving