The Sun Conference

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The Sun Conference
The Sun Conference logo
Established 1990
Association NAIA
Members 12
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region Southern United States
Region XIV of the NAIA
Former names Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1990–1992)
Florida Sun Conference (1992–2008)
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Commissioner Mark Pope (since 2011)
The Sun Conference locations

The Sun Conference (TSC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The Sun Conference competes in the NAIA in all sponsored sports.[A]


The conference was created in March 1990 as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (FIAC), and renamed to the Florida Sun Conference in 1992. Charter members consisted of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Flagler College, Florida Memorial University, Nova University of Advanced Technology (now Nova Southeastern University), Palm Beach Atlantic University, Saint Thomas University, Webber International University and Warner Southern College (now Warner University).

The league later grew to nine members with the addition of Northwood University in 1994. Between 2002 and 2006, Nova Southeastern (2002), Palm Beach Atlantic (2003) and Flagler (2006) moved to NCAA Division II. But the league was able to recruit new members as Savannah College of Art and Design joined in 2004, followed by Edward Waters College in 2006. It adopted its current name in August 2008 to reflect its expansion to institutions outside of Florida.[1] With the addition of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort in 2007, Johnson and Wales University, Southeastern University and Ave Maria University in 2009, and Thomas University of Georgia in 2012, years, along with Edward Waters’ move to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference after the 2009–10 season, the league membership now stands at 12 schools, as of the 2012–13 season.

In 2014, Point University and former member Edward Waters College will join the conference for football only.

Member schools[edit]

There are currently 12 full members.[2]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida 2003 Catholic Church 1,200 2009 Gyrenes
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University* Daytona Beach, Florida 1926 Private 4,978 1990 Eagles
Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens, Florida 1879 Baptist 1,784 1990 Lions
Johnson & Wales University North Miami, Florida 1914 Private 2,000 2009 Wildcats
Northwood University West Palm Beach, Florida 1984 Private 484 1994 Seahawks
Saint Thomas University Miami Gardens, Florida 1961 Catholic Church 1,750 1990 Bobcats
Savannah College of Art and Design^ Savannah, Georgia 1978 Private 11,897 2004 Bees
Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida 1935 Assemblies of God 2,901 2009 Fire
University of South Carolina at Beaufort^ Beaufort, South Carolina 1959 Public 1,386 2007 Sand Sharks
Thomas University Thomasville, Georgia 1950 Private 1,100 2012 Night Hawks
Warner University Lake Wales, Florida 1968 Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) 1,037 1990 Royals
Webber International University Babson Park, Florida 1927 Private 616 1990 Warriors

^ - Non-basketball full-member
* - Embry-Riddle will be leaving The Sun Conference for the Sunshine State Conference of NCAA Division II in 2015, after a transition year in which they will remain in the NAIA.[3] [4]

Football-only members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Current Conference
Edward Waters College Jacksonville, Florida 1866 Private 800 Tigers 2014 Gulf Coast (GCAC)
Point University East Point, Georgia 1937 Private, Christian 1450 Skyhawks 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Edward Waters College Jacksonville, Florida 1866 Private 800 Tigers 2006 2010 Gulf Coast (GCAC)
Flagler College St. Augustine, Florida 1968 Private 2,600 Saints 1990 2006 Peach Belt (PBC)
(NCAA Division II)
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1964 Private 28,457 Sharks 1990 2002 Sunshine State (SSC)
(NCAA Division II)
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, Florida 1968 Private 3,260 Sailfish 1990 2003 Sunshine State (SSC)
(NCAA Division II)

Membership timeline[edit]

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Both Men's and women's[edit]

Men's only[edit]

Football (beginning Fall 2014) [5]

Women's only[edit]



  1. ^ "About the Sun Conference". Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ "The Sun Conference". The Sun Conference. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  3. ^ "Embry-Riddle accepts invite to join NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference". news-journalonline. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Embry-Riddle Accepts Invitation to Join Sunshine State Conference". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Sun Conference to Add Football in 2014". The Sun Conference. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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