America East Conference
|America East Conference
|Division||Division I non-football|
|Members||11 (full: 9; associate: 2)|
|Sports fielded||18 (men's: 7 sports; women's: 11 sports)|
|Region||Northeastern United States|
|Former names||ECAC North (1979–1988)
North Atlantic Conference (1988–1996)
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. The conference was known as the ECAC North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from 1988 to 1996.
The America East Conference was founded as the ECAC North, a men's basketball-only athletic conference in 1979. The charter members were the following: 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:
- Rhode Island left in 1980.
- Holy Cross left in 1983.
- Siena College joined in 1984.
- The University of Hartford joined in 1985.
- Later, the conference became an all-sports conference, named as the North Atlantic Conference in the 1988-89 season, only for Canisius, Niagara and Siena to leave after the spring of 1989 to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
- Colgate left in 1990 to join the Patriot League.
- The University of Delaware and Drexel University joined in 1991.
- Hofstra University joined in 1994.
- Towson University joined in 1995.
- On July 1, 1996, the conference's name changed to its present name, the America East Conference.
- During 2001, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson left to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) while the University at Albany, Binghamton University and Stony Brook University replaced them.
- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) soon joined in 2003.
- Northeastern left in 2005 to join the CAA.
- Most recently, Boston University left to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013, while the University of Massachusetts Lowell joined from Division II.
There are nine schools with full membership:
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||U.S. News National University Rank|
|University at Albany, SUNY||Albany, New York||Great Danes||1844||Public||17,312||2001||#126|
|Binghamton University, SUNY||Vestal, New York||Bearcats||1946||Public||16,077||2001||#88|
|University of Hartford||Hartford, Connecticut||Hawks||1877||Private||6,935||1985||#83 (Regional University - North)|
|University of Maine||Orono, Maine||Black Bears||1865||Public||11,247||1979||#173|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County||Catonsville, Maryland||Retrievers||1966||Public||13,908||2003||#149|
|University of Massachusetts Lowell||Lowell, Massachusetts||River Hawks||1894||Public||17,500||2013||#156|
|University of New Hampshire||Durham, New Hampshire||Wildcats||1866||Public||14,761||1979||#99|
|Stony Brook University, SUNY||Stony Brook, New York||Seawolves||1957||Public||24,594||2001||#88|
|University of Vermont||Burlington, Vermont||Catamounts||1791||Public||11,287||1979||#85|
There are currently four schools with associate membership, all of which moved their field hockey teams into the America East in July 2015.
|Stanford University||Stanford, California||Cardinal||1891||Private||15,877||Pac-12||Field hockey||2015|
|University of the Pacific||Stockton, California||Tigers||1851||Private||6,196||WCC||Field hockey||2015|
|University of California, Berkeley (California)||Berkeley, California||Golden Bears||1868||Public||36,204||Pac-12||Field hockey||2015|
|University of California, Davis (UC Davis)||Davis, California||Aggies||1905||Public||34,175||Big West||Field hockey||2015|
Former associate members
Three schools have had single-sport membership in the past. Two of these, Fairfield and Providence, 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.
|Fairfield University||Fairfield, Connecticut||Stags||1942||Private||3,800||MAAC||Field hockey||2007||2015|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||Newark, New Jersey||Highlanders||1881||Public||10,646||Atlantic Sun||Women's tennis||2013||2015|
|Providence College||Providence, Rhode Island||Friars||1917||Private||3,850||Big East||Women's volleyball||2010||2014|
Full members (non-football) Other Conference Other Conference
The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The most recent change to the roster of America East sports came in 2014–15 with the dropping of men's tennis.
|Swimming & Diving||
|Track and Field (Indoor)||
|Track and Field (outdoor)||
|Lacrosse||Soccer||Track & Field
|Track & Field
|Hartford||No||Big Sky||No||No||No||Missouri Valley||No|
|New Hampshire||CAA||No||Hockey East||EISA||No||No||No|
|Stony Brook||CAA||No||No||No||No||Missouri Valley||No|
|UMass Lowell||No||Independent||Hockey East||No||No||No||No|
|Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
|New Hampshire||No||EAGL||Hockey East||EISA|
|Member||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball field||Capacity|
|Albany||SEFCU Arena||4,538||Varsity Field||N/A|
|Binghamton||Binghamton University Events Center||5,142||Varsity Field||1,000|
|Hartford||Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion||4,017||Fiondella Field||1,000|
|Maine||Cross Insurance Center
|Larry Mahaney Diamond||3,000|
|New Hampshire||Lundholm Gym||3,500||Non-baseball school|
|Stony Brook||Stony Brook University Arena||4,160||Joe Nathan Field||1,000|
|UMass Lowell||Costello Athletic Center
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
|Edward A. LeLacheur Park||4,767|
|UMBC||Retriever Activities Center||4,024||The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC||1,000|
|Vermont||Patrick Gym||3,266||Non-baseball school|
The conference does not sponsor football. Four members have football programs, all of which compete in the Colonial Athletic Association: Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, and Stony Brook.
- America East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
- America East Conference Baseball Tournament
- America East Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
- "Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As #AEFH Associate Members - AmericaEast.com - The Official Website of the America East Conference". AmericaEast.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
- "MAAC to Add Field Hockey" (Press release). Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. April 19, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
- "Women's Volleyball To Join BIG EAST Conference" (Press release). Providence College Athletics. April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- "NJIT to join Atlantic Sun". Fox Sports. Associated Press. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
- "The Official Website of the America East Conference". AmericaEast.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
- "Men’s Tennis Wins 7th Straight AE Title" (Press release). Binghamton University Bearcats. April 27, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
The 2014 championship is be the last men’s tennis event sponsored by the America East and unlike past years, the Bearcats will not advance to the NCAA tournament, as the sport sponsorship (4 schools) fell short of the NCAA requirement.
- The Lowell Sun (2013-02-15). "UMass Lowell move makes a lot of sense - Lowell Sun Online". Lowellsun.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
- "UMass Lowell Keeps Rising as Sports Move to Division 1". Uml.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-15.