The Sun Conference
|The Sun Conference
|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 (TSC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Nine of the 12 full member institutions are located in Florida, with two in Georgia and one in South Carolina. In addition there are two football-only affiliate members, one each in Florida and Georgia. The Sun Conference competes in the NAIA in all sponsored sports.
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. 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.
There are currently 12 full members.
|Ave Maria University||Ave Maria, Florida||2003||1,200||Gyrenes||2009|
|Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University||Daytona Beach, Florida||1926||4,978||Eagles||1990|
|Florida Memorial University||Miami Gardens, Florida||1879||1,784||Lions||1990|
|Johnson & Wales University||North Miami, Florida||1914||2,000||Wildcats||2009|
|Northwood University||West Palm Beach, Florida||1984||484||Seahawks||1994|
|St. Thomas University||Miami Gardens, Florida||1961||1,750||Bobcats||1990|
|Savannah College of Art and Design||Savannah, Georgia||1978||11,897||Bees||2004|
|University of South Carolina Beaufort||Beaufort, South Carolina||1959||1,386||Sand Sharks||2007|
|Southeastern University||Lakeland, Florida||1935||2,901||Fire||2009|
|Thomas University||Thomasville, Georgia||1950||1,100||Night Hawks||2012|
|Warner University||Lake Wales, Florida||1968||1,037||Royals||1990|
|Webber International University||Babson Park, Florida||1927||616||Warriors||1990|
|Edward Waters College||Jacksonville, Florida||1866||800||Tigers||2014||football||Gulf Coast|
|Point University||West Point, Georgia||1937||1450||Skyhawks||2014||football||Appalachian|
- Edward Waters College — was a full member from 2006–2010.
|Flagler College||St. Augustine, Florida||1968||Saints||1990||2006||Peach Belt
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||1964||Sharks||1990||2002||Sunshine State
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||West Palm Beach, Florida||1968||Sailfish||1990||2003||Sunshine State
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only)
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- "About the Sun Conference". Retrieved 2008-11-19.
- "The Sun Conference". The Sun Conference. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
- "Embry-Riddle accepts invite to join NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference". news-journalonline. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Embry-Riddle Accepts Invitation to Join Sunshine State Conference". prweb.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014.