American Collegiate Athletic Association

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American Collegiate Athletic Association
American Collegiate Athletic Association logo
Established2017
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members7
Sports fielded
  • 8
RegionNortheastern United States, Great Lakes region, California
CommissionerKellington J. Higgins (since 2017)
Websitegoacaa.org
Locations
American Collegiate Athletic Association locations

The American Collegiate Athletic Association is a pseudo athletic conference with no regular-season competition. The ACAA competes in the NCAA's Division III. The conference was formed in 2017 primarily by unattached schools in the Northeastern United States, but also has members in Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and California.[1]

History[edit]

The ACAA was formally announced as an NCAA Division III conference in February 2017, with plans to start offering official conference championships in the 2017-18 academic year. Unofficial championships were held during the 2016-17 year.[2] Initial members were Alfred State College, Finlandia University, Mills College, State University of New York at Canton, State University of New York at Delhi, Pine Manor College, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and University of Valley Forge. Finlandia, Maine-Presque Isle, Mills, and Pine Manor were formerly members of the Great South Athletic Conference, which disbanded in 2016.

In November 2017, it was announced that SUNY Canton and UMPI departed the ACAA, effective July 1, 2018, and would join the North Atlantic Conference.[3]

In January 2018, it was announced that Mount Mary University of Wisconsin joined the ACAA, effective in the 2018-19 academic year. Mount Mary was formerly an NCAA Division III independent school.[4]

On February 16, 2018, Pratt Institute announced that the college joined the ACAA, effective in the 2018-19 academic year.[5] Pratt was a member of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

On June 28, 2018, it was announced that Alfred State College will be leaving the ACAA, and will join the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, effective 2019-20.[6]

In July 2018, it was announced that Thomas More College, now known as Thomas More University, joined the ACAA effective immediately for the 2018-19 season. Thomas More was previously a full member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Thomas More will be re-joining the NAIA and joining the Mid South Conference beginning the fall of 2019.[7]

On November 30, 2018, SUNY Delhi, a North Atlantic Conference associate member in six sports (men's golf, men's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track & field), announced that it would leave the ACAA and become a full member of the NAC effective in the fall of 2019. At that time, five additional Delhi sports—men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball—will begin NAC play. Three more sports—men's and women's basketball, plus softball—will remain in the ACAA until starting NAC play in 2020–21.[8]

On June 6, 2019, it was announced that the University of Valley Forge will be leaving the ACAA, and will join the Colonial States Athletic Conference, effective 2020-21.[9]

On July 11, 2019, it was announced that the University of California, Santa Cruz would be joining the ACAA in seven sports, effective 2019-20.[10]

Members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment (2016)[11] Nickname
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan 1896 2017 Private 507 Lions
Mills College Oakland, California 1852 2017 Private 1,345 Cyclones
Mount Mary University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1913 2018 Private 1,209 Blue Angels
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1911 2017 Private 419 Gators
Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York 1877 2018 Private 4,829 Cannoneers
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California 1965 2019 Public 19,700 Banana Slugs

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.

Departing members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Leaves Type Enrollment (2016)[11] Nickname Future Conference
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 1939 2017 2020 Private 877 Patriots Colonial States Athletic Conference

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment (2016)[11] Nickname Sport Primary Conference
State University of New York at Delhi* Delhi, New York 1913 2019 Public 3,511 Broncos basketball (M);
basketball (W);
softball
North Atlantic
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Whitewater, Wisconsin 1868 2019 Public 11,412 Warhawks soccer (M) WIAC
  • SUNY Delhi was a full member from 2017 to 2019.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Current conference
State University of New York at Canton Canton, New York 1906 2017 2018 Public 3,205 Roos North Atlantic
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, Maine 1903 2017 2018 Public 1,326 Owls North Atlantic
Alfred State College Alfred, New York 1908 2017 2019 Public 3,735 Pioneers AMCC
Thomas More University Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 2018 2019 Private 1,963 Saints Mid-South (NAIA)

Sports[edit]

School Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Men's Cross Country Women's Cross Country Men's Soccer Women's Soccer Softball Women's Volleyball Total sports
Finlandia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Mills† Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 3
Mount Mary† Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Pine Manor Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Pratt Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Valley Forge Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
UCSC Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 5+1 6+1 5 7 5+1 7 4+1 7 46+4

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Maine at Presque Isle set to join new athletics conference". Bangor Daily News. February 15, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "New Division III conference approved" D3Sports.com website. Accessed: July 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "SUNY Canton to Join NAC for 2018-19" SUNY Canton Athletics website. Accessed: May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "ACAA Welcomes Mount Mary" American Collegiate Athletic Association website. Accessed: July 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "NCAA approves Pratt" Pratt athletics website. Accessed: March 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Alfred State to Join Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference" American Collegiate Athletic Association website. Accessed: July 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Thomas More Joins ACAA Membership" American Collegiate Athletic Association website. Accessed: July 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "SUNY Delhi to Join the NAC in 2019" (Press release). North Atlantic Conference. November 30, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Valley Forge to Join CSAC in 2020" American Collegiate Athletic Association website. Accessed: June 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "UC Santa Cruz finds Conference, joins ACAA for 2019-20" (Press release). University of California, Santa Cruz. July 11, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "College Navigator". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 7, 2017.

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