America East Conference

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America East Conference
America East Conference logo
Established 1979
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision non-football
Members 14 (full: 9; associate: 5)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8 sports
    • women's: 10 sports
Region Northeastern United States
(plus California in field hockey and Virginia in swimming & diving)
Former names Eastern College Athletic Conference-North (1979–1988)
North Atlantic Conference (1988–1996)
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts
Commissioner Amy Huchthausen
Website www.americaeast.com
Locations
America East Conference locations

The America East Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division I, whose members are located mainly in the Northeastern United States, specifically New England. Its nine members include the public flagship universities of three states, and one private university.

History[edit]

The America East Conference was founded as the Eastern College Athletic Conference-North, a men's basketball-only athletic conference in 1979. The conference was known as the Eastern College Athletic Conference-North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from 1988 to 1996. The charter members were the University of Rhode Island, the College of the Holy Cross, Canisius College, Niagara University, Colgate University, Northeastern University, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. Many other events have occurred since its formation:

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

The AEC has 8 member institutions located within the borders of 6 contiguous states. The 9th, UMBC, is the only institution not bordering other conference institutions. Hartford is the only private institution.

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors
University at Albany, SUNY Albany, New York 1844 2001 17,312 Great Danes          
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 2001 16,077 Bearcats               
University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut 1877 1985 6,935 Hawks          
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865 1979 11,247 Black Bears               
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland 1966 2003 13,908 Retrievers          
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts 1894 2013 18,316 River Hawks               
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866 1979 14,761 Wildcats          
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 2001 24,594 Seawolves               
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont 1791 1979 11,287 Catamounts          

Associate members[edit]

Five schools currently hold associate membership. Four schools from California moved their field hockey teams into the America East in July 2015.[4] The newest associate member is the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), which joined in men's and women's swimming & diving starting with the 2017–18 school year.[5]

The aforementioned California schools will all leave America East field hockey after the 2018 season (2018–19 school year).[6] None has yet announced a future affiliation in that sport.

Institution Location Founded Type Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary Conference
Stanford University Stanford, California 1891 Private 2015 15,877 Cardinal           Field hockey Pac-12
University of the Pacific Stockton, California 1851 Private 2015 6,196 Tigers           Field hockey WCC
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 1868 Public 2015 36,204 Golden Bears           Field hockey Pac-12
University of California, Davis Davis, California 1905 Public 2015 34,175 Aggies           Field hockey Big West
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Lexington, Virginia 1839 Public 2017 1,653 Keydets                Men's and women's swimming & diving SoCon

Future associate member[edit]

With the impending departure of four of the league's nine field hockey members, the America East announced in July 2018 that Monmouth would become a field hockey member for the 2019 season and beyond.[6][7]

Institution Location Founded Type Joining Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Current Conference
Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey 1933 Private 2019 6,500 Hawks           Field hockey MAAC

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Colors Current Conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts Terriers 1839 Private 29,978 1979 2013           Patriot
Canisius College Buffalo, New York Golden Griffins 1870 Private 5,152 1979 1989           MAAC
Colgate University Hamilton, New York Raiders 1819 Private 2,939 1979 1990           Patriot
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Massachusetts Crusaders 1843 Private 2,872 1979 1983      Patriot
Niagara University Lewiston, New York Purple Eagles 1856 Private 4,200 1979 1989           MAAC
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts Huskies 1898 Private 12,913 1979 2005           CAA
University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island Rams 1888 Public 19,095 1979 1980                Atlantic 10 (A-10)
Siena College Loudonville, New York Saints 1937 Private 3,423 1984 1989           MAAC
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 1743 Private/Public 19,391 1991 2001           CAA
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dragons 1891 Private 25,500 1991 2001           CAA
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York Pride 1935 Private 12,400 1994 2001                CAA
Towson University Towson, Maryland Tigers 1866 Public 21,950 1995 2001           CAA

Former associate members[edit]

Three schools have had single-sport membership in the past. Two of these, Fairfield[8] and Providence,[9] moved their America East sports into their all-sports conferences. The third, NJIT, left when it joined a conference that sponsored its America East sport.[10]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary
Conference
Conference in former AE sport
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2007 2015 3,800 Stags      field hockey MAAC MAAC
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 2013 2015 10,646 Highlanders           Women's tennis Atlantic Sun Atlantic Sun
Providence College Providence, Rhode Island 1917 2010 2014 3,850 Friars                Women's volleyball Big East Big East

Membership timeline[edit]

University of Massachusetts LowellUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyStony Brook UniversityBinghamton UniversityUniversity at Albany, SUNYColonial Athletic AssociationTowson UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationHofstra UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationDrexel UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of DelawareNortheast ConferenceThe Summit LeagueEast Coast Conference (Division I)Central Connecticut State UniversityUniversity of HartfordMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceSiena CollegeUniversity of VermontUniversity of New HampshireUniversity of MainePatriot LeagueBoston UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationNortheastern UniversityPatriot LeagueColgate UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceNiagara UniversityMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceCanisius CollegePatriot LeagueMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceCollege of the Holy CrossAtlantic 10 ConferenceUniversity of Rhode Island

Full members (non-football) Other Conference Other Conference

Facilities[edit]

Member Soccer stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball field Capacity Lacrosse facility Capacity
Albany Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium 8,500 SEFCU Arena 4,538 Varsity Field N/A John Fallon Field
Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
2,500
8,500
Binghamton Bearcats Sports Complex 2,534 Binghamton University Events Center 5,142 Varsity Field 1,000 Bearcats Sports Complex 2,534
Hartford Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium 2,500 Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion 4,017 Dunkin' Donuts Park
Fiondella Field
6,121
1,000
Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium 2,500
Maine Mahaney Diamond 4,400 Cross Insurance Center
Memorial Gym
8,000
1,340
Mahaney Diamond 4,400 Non-lacrosse school
New Hampshire Wildcat Stadium 11,015 Lundholm Gym 3,500 Non-baseball school Non-lacrosse school
Stony Brook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 12,300 Island Federal Credit Union Arena 4,160 Joe Nathan Field 1,000 Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 12,300
UMass Lowell Cushing Field Complex N/A Costello Athletic Center
Tsongas Center
2,100
6,495
Edward A. LeLacheur Park 4,767 Cushing Field Complex N/A
UMBC Retriever Soccer Park 1,500 UMBC Event Center[a][12] 5,000 The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC 1,000 UMBC Stadium 4,500
Vermont Virtue Field 3,000 Patrick Gym 3,266 Non-baseball school Virtue Field 2,500
  1. ^ UMBC began the 2017–18 basketball season at Retriever Activities Center (capacity 4,024). The school opened its new arena on February 3, 2018.[11]

Sports sponsored[edit]

The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[13] The most recent changes to the roster of America East sports were announced in 2016, with the dropping of women's tennis after the 2015–16 season due to a lack of sponsoring teams and the revival of men's swimming and diving effective in the 2017–18 school year.[5]

Teams in America East Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
7
-
Basketball
9
9
Cross Country
9
9
Field Hockey
-
9
Lacrosse
7
8
Soccer
8
9
Softball
-
7
Swimming & Diving
4
7
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
9
Track and Field (outdoor)
9
9
Volleyball
-
7

Men's sports[edit]

Men's sponsored sports by school
School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving Track & Field
(indoor)
Track & Field
(outdoor)
Total
Sports
Albany Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Binghamton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Hartford Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Maine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
New Hampshire Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 5
Stony Brook Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
UMass Lowell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
UMBC Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Vermont Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 7 9 9 7 8 3+1[a] 9 9 61+1
Notes
  1. ^ Associate member VMI.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the America East Conference which are played by AmEast schools
School Football Golf Ice Hockey Skiing Tennis Wrestling
Albany CAA No No No No No
Binghamton No Big Sky No No Mid-American EIWA
Hartford No Big Sky No No No No
Maine CAA No Hockey East No No No
New Hampshire CAA No Hockey East EISA No No
Stony Brook CAA No No No No No
UMass Lowell No Independent Hockey East No No No
Vermont No No Hockey East EISA No No

Women's sports[edit]

Women's sponsored sports by school
School Basketball Cross
Country
Field Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(indoor)
Track & Field
(outdoor)
Volleyball Total
Sports
Albany Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Binghamton Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Hartford Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Maine Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 8
New Hampshire Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Stony Brook Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
UMass Lowell Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
UMBC Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Vermont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 8
Totals 9 9 5+4[a] 8 9 7 6+1[b] 9 9 7 78+5
Notes
  1. ^ Associate members California, Pacific, Stanford, and UC Davis. All will leave in 2019, with Monmouth joining at that time.
  2. ^ Associate member VMI.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the America East Conference which are played by AmEast schools
School Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Skiing Tennis
Albany MAAC No No No No
Binghamton MAAC No No No Independent
Hartford MAAC No No No No
Maine No No Hockey East No No
New Hampshire No EAGL Hockey East EISA No
Stony Brook No No No No Missouri Valley
Vermont No No Hockey East EISA No

NCAA team championships[edit]

School Total Men Women Co-ed Nickname Most successful sport (Titles)
None 0 0 0 0 None None

No America East school has won a national title in a sport sponsored by the conference; however, member institutions have been national champions in non-America East sports.

Men's Basketball[edit]

All-time school record by winning percentage[edit]

This list goes through the 2017–18 season.

No. Team Records Win Pct. America East
Tournament
Championships
America East
Regular Season
Championships
Final Fours National
Championships
1 Albany 1,284–948 .575 5 2 0 0
2 Stony Brook 840–715 .540 1 4 0 0
3 Vermont 1,241–1119 .526 6 9 0 0
4 UMass Lowell 637–591 .519 0 0 0 0
5 Hartford 839–972 .463 0 0 0 0
6 Maine 968–1188 .449 0 0 0 0
7 New Hampshire 921–1331 .409 0 0 0 0
8 Binghamton 669–999 .401 1 1 0 0
9 UMBC 560–847 .398 2 1 0 0

Women's Basketball[edit]

All-time school record by winning percetage[edit]

No. Team Records Win Pct. America East
Tournament
Championships
America East
Regular Season
Championships
Final Fours National
Championships
1 Maine 705–522 .575 8 15 0 0
2 Albany 624–578 .519 6 4 0 0
3 New Hampshire 583–545 .517 2 1 0 0
4 Vermont 521–493 .514 6 5 0 0
5 Stony Brook 594–602 .497 0 0 0 0
6 Binghamton 504–512 .496 0 0 0 0
7 Hartford 550–596 .480 5 4 0 0
8 UMass Lowell 537–600 .472 0 0 0 0
9 UMBC 520–711 .422 1 1 0 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's next for America East?". ESPN. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 
  2. ^ "UMass Lowell Keeps Rising as Sports Move to Division 1". Uml.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  3. ^ The Lowell Sun (2013-02-15). "UMass Lowell move makes a lot of sense - Lowell Sun Online". Lowellsun.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As #AEFH Associate Members" (Press release). America East Conference. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Men's Swimming & Diving to Return as Championship Sport; VMI Joins as Associate Member" (Press release). America East Conference. December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. The America East Conference announced today the return of men’s swimming & diving as a championship sport and that Virginia Military Institute (VMI) will join America East an associate member in men’s and women’s swimming & diving. Both changes are effective for the 2017-18 academic year. 
  6. ^ a b "Monmouth University Added as Associate Member in Field Hockey" (Press release). America East Conference. July 12, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018. 
  7. ^ "America East field hockey adds member to end East-West format". BANGOR DAILY NEWS. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ "MAAC to Add Field Hockey" (Press release). Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. April 19, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Women's Volleyball To Join BIG EAST Conference" (Press release). Providence College Athletics. April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "NJIT to join Atlantic Sun". Fox Sports. Associated Press. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ Shaffer, Jonas (January 24, 2018). "New UMBC Event Center to open for Feb. 3 men's basketball game vs. Vermont". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 1, 2018. 
  12. ^ "'All grown up': UMBC invests in athletics with $85 million Event Center". THE BALTIMORE SUN. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 
  13. ^ "The Official Website of the America East Conference". AmericaEast.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 

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