North Eastern Athletic Conference

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Not to be confused with Northeast Conference.
North Eastern Athletic Conference
(NEAC)
North Eastern Athletic Conference logo
Established 2004
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 12
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 9; women's: 8)
Region Mid-Atlantic
Headquarters Gansevoort, New York
Commissioner Candice Poiss Murray
Website http://www.neacsports.com
Locations
North Eastern Athletic Conference locations

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.

History[edit]

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.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has twelve full members:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
North Division
Cazenovia College Cazenovia, New York Wildcats 1824 Private/Non-sectarian 1,000 2004-05
Keuka College Jerusalem, New York Storm 1890 Private/Non-sectarian 1,521 2004-05
State University of New York at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) Cobleskill, New York Fighting Tigers 1916 Public 2,500 2008-09
State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) Utica, New York Wildcats 1966 Public 2,760 2008-09
State University of New York at Morrisville (SUNY Morrisville) Morrisville, New York Mustangs 1908 Public 3,356 2009-10
College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown, New Jersey Eagles 1899 Private/Catholic 2,044 2009-10
Wells College Aurora, New York Express 1868 Private/Non-sectarian 480 2007-08
South Division
Bryn Athyn College Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania Lions 1877 Private 256 2014-15
Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. Bison 1864 Private/Quasigovernmental 1,740 2010-11
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, Pennsylvania Chargers 1933 Private/Christian 954 2011-12
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, Pennsylvania Wildcats 1989 Public 5,976 2014-15
Penn State-Abington Abington, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions 1950 Public 3,400 2009-10
Penn State-Berks Reading, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions 1958 Public 3,216 2004-05
Wilson College†† Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Phoenix 1869 Private/Presbyterian 800 2007-08

† - 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

Associate members[edit]

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
2014-15mv
AMCC men's lacrosse
men's volleyball
Medaille College Buffalo, New York Mavericks 1937 Private/Non-sectarian 3,253 2008-09lax
2014-15mv
AMCC men's lacrosse
men's volleyball
women's lacrosse
Penn State-Altoona Allentown, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions 1939 Public-private hybrid
(CSHE)
4,182 2014-15 AMCC men's volleyball
Rutgers–Camden Camden, New Jersey Scarlet Raptors 1766 Public 6,158 2011-12mg
2012-13mt
NJAC men's golf
men's tennis

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Baptist Bible College Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania Defenders 1932 Private 963 2004-05 2007-08 CSAC
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York Raptors 1860 Private 2,062 2004-05 2006-07 Liberty
Cairn University1 Langhorne, Pennsylvania Highlanders 1913 Private 1,311 2004-05 2007-08 CSAC
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Griffins 1924 Private 2,000 2004-05 2006-07 CACC
(NCAA Division II)
D'Youville College Buffalo, New York Spartans 1908 Private 3,200 2004-05 2008-09 AMCC
Keystone College La Plume, Pennsylvania Giants 1868 Private 1,773 2004-05 2007-08 CSAC
Penn State-Harrisburg Middletown, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions 1966 Public 1,695 2007-08 2012-13 Capital
New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering2 Brooklyn, New York Fighting Blue Jays 1854 Private 4,487 2004-05 2006-07 N/A3
State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase) Purchase, New York Panthers 1967 Public 4,000 2004-05 2006-07 Skyline
Stevenson University4 Stevenson, Maryland Mustangs 1947 Private 3,929 2004-05 2006-07 MAC Commonwealth
Notes
  • All of these institutions (except Penn State-Harrisburg) were charter members of the conference.
  1. Cairn University was formerly known as Philadelphia Biblical University.
  2. NYU Poly was formerly known as the Polytechnic University of New York.
  3. NYU Poly's athletics program was merged into New York University's athletic program in 2014.
  4. Stevenson University was formerly known as Villa Julie College.

Membership timeline[edit]

Pennsylvania College of Technology Bryn Athyn College Lancaster Bible College Gallaudet University State University of New York at Morrisville College of Saint Elizabeth Penn State Abington State University of New York Institute of Technology State University of New York at Cobleskill Wilson College (Pennsylvania) Wells College Penn State Harrisburg Stevenson University State University of New York at Purchase Polytechnic Institute of New York University Penn State Berks Keystone College Keuka College D'Youville College Chestnut Hill College Cazenovia College Cairn University Bard College Baptist Bible College

Sports[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis

Women[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

References[edit]

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