Appalachian Athletic Conference

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Appalachian Athletic Conference
Appalachian Athletic Conference logo
Established 2001
Association NAIA
Division Division II/ Division I
Members 13
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
Region Southeastern United States
Region XII of the NAIA
Headquarters Asheville, North Carolina
Commissioner Col. John Sullivan
Appalachian Athletic Conference locations

The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) is a college athletic conference that competes in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II competition.[1] Members of the conference are located in the Southeastern United States in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. [1] The conference is the successor to the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC), which began in the 1940s;[1] and later the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference (TVAC) that operated during the 1980s and 1990s.[1] The Appalachian Athletic Conference was formed in 2001 with the additions of members from Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[1]

Bluefield College was a member of the AAC from 2001 until 2012 when it left to join the Mid-South Conference. On March 3, 2014, Bluefield College announced that it would return to the AAC effective Fall 2014.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has 13 full members.

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Allen University Columbia, South Carolina 1870 600 Yellow Jackets 2016
Bluefield College Bluefield, Virginia 1922 793 Rams 2001;
Bryan College Dayton, Tennessee 1930 1,044 Lions 2001
Columbia College Columbia, South Carolina 1854 1,200 Koalas 2011
Milligan College Elizabethton, Tennessee 1866 1,006 Buffaloes 2001
Montreat College Montreat, North Carolina 1916 1,145 Cavaliers 2001
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 1,000 Skyhawks 2011
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia 1883 1,057 Eagles 2009
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1958 800 Knights 2012
Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta campus) Atlanta, Georgia 2005 2,000 Bees 2012
Tennessee Wesleyan University Athens, Tennessee 1857 1,103 Bulldogs 2001
Truett McConnell University Cleveland, Georgia 1946 1,600 Bears 2013
Union College Barbourville, Kentucky 1879 1,368 Bulldogs 2001
  • Columbia College — women's institution, does not field men's sports.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Sport Primary
Asbury University Wilmore, Kentucky 1890 1,300 Eagles 2015 lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
River States
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky 1887 1,743 Patriots 2015 lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Beckley, West Virginia 1895 2,252 Golden Bears 2016 swimming (M);
swimming (W)
River States

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
King College Bristol, Tennessee 1867 Tornado 1990 2010 Carolinas
Virginia Intermont College Bristol, Virginia 1884 Cobras 2001 2014 Closed in 2014
Brevard College Brevard, North Carolina 1853 Tornados ? 2006 South Atlantic Conference

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (non-football)   Associate member (sport) 

Conference sports[edit]

The Appalachian Athletic Conference currently fields 15 sports (7 men's and 8 women's):

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY


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