America East Conference

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America East Conference
America East Conference logo
Established 1979
Association NCAA
Division Division I non-football
Members 13 (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. The conference was known as the Eastern College Athletic Conference-North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from 1988 to 1996.

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 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:

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

There are nine schools with full membership:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
University at Albany, SUNY Albany, New York Great Danes 1844 Public 17,312 2001
Binghamton University Vestal, New York Bearcats 1946 Public 16,077 2001
University of Hartford Hartford, Connecticut Hawks 1877 Private 6,935 1985
University of Maine Orono, Maine Black Bears 1865 Public 11,247 1979
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland Retrievers 1966 Public 13,908 2003
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts River Hawks 1894 Public 18,058 2013
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire Wildcats 1866 Public 14,761 1979
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York Seawolves 1957 Public 24,594 2001
University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont Catamounts 1791 Public 11,287 1979

Associate members[edit]

There are currently five schools with associate membership. Four schools from California moved their field hockey teams into the America East in July 2015.[1] 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.[2]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Primary
conference
AmEast sport(s) Joined
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 Berkeley, California Golden Bears 1868 Public 36,204 Pac-12 Field hockey 2015
University of California, Davis Davis, California Aggies 1905 Public 34,175 Big West Field hockey 2015
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Lexington, Virginia Keydets 1839 Public 1,653 SoCon Men's and women's swimming & diving 2017

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left 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[3] and Providence,[4] 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.[5]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Primary
Conference
AmEast Sport Joined Left
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

Membership timeline[edit]

University of Massachusetts Lowell University of Maryland, Baltimore County Stony Brook University Binghamton University University at Albany, SUNY Colonial Athletic Association Towson University Colonial Athletic Association Hofstra University Colonial Athletic Association Drexel University Colonial Athletic Association University of Delaware Northeast Conference The Summit League East Coast Conference (Division I) Central Connecticut State University University of Hartford Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Siena College University of Vermont University of New Hampshire University of Maine Patriot League Boston University Colonial Athletic Association Northeastern University Patriot League Colgate University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Niagara University Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Canisius College Patriot League Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference College of the Holy Cross Atlantic 10 Conference University of Rhode Island

Full members (non-football) Other Conference Other Conference

Sports sponsored[edit]

The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[6] 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.[2]

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
Notes

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.
  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

Facilities[edit]

Member Basketball arena Capacity Baseball field Capacity Lacrosse facility Capacity
Albany SEFCU Arena 4,538 Varsity Field N/A John Fallon Field
Bob Ford Field
2,500
8,500
Binghamton Binghamton University Events Center 5,142 Varsity Field 1,000 Bearcats Sports Complex 2,534
Hartford Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion 4,017 Fiondella Field 1,000 Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium 2,500
Maine Cross Insurance Center
Memorial Gym
8,000
1,340
Larry Mahaney Diamond 3,000 Non-lacrosse school
New Hampshire Lundholm Gym 3,500 Non-baseball school Non-lacrosse school
Stony Brook Island Federal Credit Union Arena 4,160 Joe Nathan Field 1,000 Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 8,300
UMass Lowell Costello Athletic Center
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell[7][8]
2,100
6,495
Edward A. LeLacheur Park 4,767 Cushing Field Complex N/A
UMBC Retriever Activities Center 4,024 The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC 1,000 UMBC Stadium 4,500
Vermont Patrick Gym 3,266 Non-baseball school Virtue Field 2,500

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.

The conference does not sponsor ice hockey. Members who participate in that sport (UMass Lowell for men only, and Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for both men and women) do so as members of Hockey East.

Champions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As #AEFH Associate Members" (Press release). America East Conference. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "MAAC to Add Field Hockey" (Press release). Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. April 19, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Women's Volleyball To Join BIG EAST Conference" (Press release). Providence College Athletics. April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "NJIT to join Atlantic Sun". Fox Sports. Associated Press. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Official Website of the America East Conference". AmericaEast.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  7. ^ The Lowell Sun (2013-02-15). "UMass Lowell move makes a lot of sense - Lowell Sun Online". Lowellsun.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  8. ^ "UMass Lowell Keeps Rising as Sports Move to Division 1". Uml.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 

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