Sunshine State Conference
|Sunshine State Conference|
|Sports fielded||18 (men's: 8; women's: 10)|
|Commissioner||Ed Pasque (since 2014)|
The Sunshine State Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that was originally formed in 1975 as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II men's basketball conference. It has since expanded to sponsor championships in 18 sports, including men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball. SSC institutions have won a total of 87 NCAA national team championships, including three in the 2013-14 academic year. The conference has also claimed a total of 74 national runner-up trophies, including three in 2013-14.
The conference was preceded by the Florida Intercollegiate Conference, which was disbanded in the mid-1960s. The Sunshine State Conference was founded in 1975 by St. Leo University (then a college) Basketball Coach & Athletic Director Norm Kaye. Kaye served as Commissioner the first year until Dick Pace was named Commissioner in 1976. Kaye continued as Executive Director of the Conference for an additional 12 years. Pace was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Ed Pasque became the fifth commissioner of the conference on January 1, 2014. Pasque replaced Jay Jones who served as commissioner from 2009-13. Jones had previously replaced Mike Marcil, retired SSC Hall of Famer Don Landry. Maryanne Simkulak was named assistant commissioner for membership for membership services in 2009 and was promoted to senior woman advisor.. Jonathan Hower was named assistant commissioner for strategic communications in 2013, replacing long-tenured Kelly Harrison as the media relations coordinator for the conference.
The six charter Conference members were: Biscayne College (now called St. Thomas University), Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida), Eckerd College, Florida Southern, Rollins College, and St. Leo College.
The Conference has had dozens of athletes go on to have successful professional careers. Some examples include: Current PGA Tour players Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate went to Florida Southern. Janzen won golf's U.S. Open in 1993 & 1998; on the baseball side are Tim Wakefield (Florida Tech), Ryan Hanigan (Rollins) and Bob Tewksbury (St. Leo). Wakefield tied a career high of 17 wins pitching for the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and Tewksbury was third in balloting for the National League Cy Young Award while going 16-5 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992.
- 1 Membership
- 2 Conference facilities
- 3 National Championships
- 4 Mayors' Cup Champions
- 5 Sports
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Barry University||Miami Shores||1940||9,300||Buccaneers||1988|
|Eckerd College||St. Petersburg||1958||3,584||Tritons||1975|
|Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University||Daytona Beach||1926||6,794||Eagles||2014|
|Florida Southern College||Lakeland||1883||2,319||Moccasins||1975|
|Florida Institute of Technology||Melbourne||1958||8,985||Panthers||1981|
|Lynn University||Boca Raton||1962||4,660||Fighting Knights||1997|
|Nova Southeastern University||Davie||1964||33,135||Sharks||2002|
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||West Palm Beach||1968||3,260||Sailfish||2014|
|Rollins College||Winter Park||1885||3,153||Tars||1975|
|Saint Leo University||St. Leo||1889||16,275||Lions||1975|
|University of Tampa||Tampa||1931||10,515||Spartans||1981|
- Provisional member in red.
|University of Central Florida||Orlando||1963||Knights||1975||1984||The American
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville||1969||Ospreys||1992||1997||Atlantic Sun
|St. Thomas University||Miami Gardens||1961||Bobcats||1975||1987||The Sun
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
|Barry||Health and Sports Center||1,938|
|Embry–Riddle Aeronautical||ICI Center||1,968|
|Eckerd College||McArthur Center||1,000|
|Florida Southern College||Jenkins Field House||2,500|
|Florida Tech||Clemente Center||1,500|
|Lynn||de Hoernle Center||1,000|
|Nova Southeastern||Don Taft University Center Arena||5,500|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||Rubin Arena||2,000|
|Rollins College||Warden Arena||2,500|
|Saint Leo||Marion Bowman Center||2,000|
|Tampa||Bob Martinez Sports Center||3,432|
The SSC currently has nine members, with two provisional members. Of the current 11 members, 7 of them have won national championships. The schools include: Barry University, Florida Southern College, Florida Tech, Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, Rollins College, and University of Tampa.
|Institution||# of NCAA Titles||Most Recent|
|Florida Southern||28||2015-Men's Basketball|
|Barry||13||2014-Men's Golf, Women's Tennis|
|Nova Southeastern||6||2013-Women's Rowing|
|Florida Tech||2||1991-Men's Soccer|
- On July 17, 2007, NCAA vacated Lynn's 2005 Women's Division II Softball Championship due to extra benefits given to two players. The NCAA found that former coach Thomas Macera gave two Lynn softball players cash payments totaling more than $3,000. Lynn was also placed on probation for two years. Lynn University originally won 12 National Championships at the Division II level, but now the NCAA only recognizes 11 of them because of the unsanctioned actions.
Mayors' Cup Champions
The Mayors' Cup was originally presented following the 1986–87 academic year to recognize the annual SSC all-sports champion. The men's division recognizes competition in eight sports: cross country, soccer, basketball, swimming, baseball, golf, lacrosse, and tennis. The women's division recognizes competition in nine sports: cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, rowing, softball, and tennis.
|Year||Overall Champion||Men's Division||Women's Division|
|1987||Florida Southern||Tampa||Florida Southern|
|1988||Florida Southern||Florida Southern||Florida Southern|
|1989||Florida Southern||Florida Southern||Florida Southern|
|1994||North Florida||North Florida||North Florida|
|1995||North Florida||North Florida||Florida Southern|
|1996||North Florida||Florida Southern||North Florida|
|1998||Florida Southern||Florida Southern||Florida Southern|
|1999||Florida Southern||Florida Southern||Florida Southern|
|2000||Florida Southern||Florida Southern||Barry|
|2001||Florida Southern||Florida Southern||Florida Southern|
|2005||Florida Southern||Lynn||Florida Southern|
|2008||Nova Southeastern||Florida Southern||Nova Southeastern|
|2011||Florida Southern||Barry||Florida Southern|
|2012||Nova Southeastern||Florida Tech||Rollins|
|2013||Tampa||Saint Leo &
|Swimming & diving|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Florida Southern College||8|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||5|
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical — Lacrosse (M) begins play by 2017.
- Palm Beach Atlantic — Cross Country (M) and Lacrosse (M) begin play by 2017.
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Florida Southern College||9|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||7|
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical — Lacrosse (W) and Rowing begin play by 2017.
- Palm Beach Atlantic — Lacrosse (W) begins play by 2017.
Other sponsored sports by school
|Florida Southern College||IND||IND|
- Florida Southern Mocs
- "Embry-Riddle Accepts Invitation to Join SSC". sunshinestateconference.com. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "NCAA vacates Lynn's 2005 softball title", Palm Beach Post Staff, Palm Beach Post, July 17, 2007
- "Embry-Riddle Approved for NCAA II Membership". Embry-Riddle University. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Palm Beach Atlantic Agrees to Provisional Membership with Sunshine State Conference". sunshinestateconference.com. Retrieved 31 March 2014.