Eastern College Athletic Conference

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Eastern College Athletic Conference
(ECAC)
Eastern College Athletic Conference logo
Established 1938
Association NCAA
Division I, II, III
Members 313
Sports fielded 19 (men's: 15; women's: 17)
Region East Coast
Headquarters Danbury, Connecticut
Commissioner Kevin McGinniss (since 2013)
Website http://www.ecac.org
Locations
Eastern College Athletic Conference locations

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is a college athletic conference comprising schools that compete in 19 sports (15 men's and 17 women's). It has 303 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina and west to Missouri.[1] Most or all members belong to at least one other athletic conference.

The ECAC was founded as the Central Office for Eastern Intercollegiate Athletics in 1938, largely through the efforts of James Lynah of Cornell University. In 1983, the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) was consolidated into the ECAC. Most member schools are in other conferences as well, but through the ECAC they are able to participate in sports that their main conferences do not offer. Its headquarters are located in Danbury, Connecticut.

Membership[edit]

Division I[edit]

As of Fall 2015, there are 88 Division I members.[2]

Division II[edit]

As of Fall 2015, there are 40 Division II members.[3]

Division III[edit]

As of Fall 2015, there are 169 Division III members.[4]

Affiliates[edit]

The ECAC has several affiliated single-sport leagues:[5]

Sports[edit]

ECAC SPORTS
Sport DI-M DI-W DII-M DII-W DIII-M DIII-W
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Bowling Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Field Hockey Green tickY
Football Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Gymnastics Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Ice Hockey Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY Green tickY
Rowing Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & Diving Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Synchronized Swimming Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field (Indoor) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field (Outdoor) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments[edit]

At various times, the ECAC has organized regional college basketball championship tournaments at the end of the regular season for teams playing at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III levels. It held the Division I tournaments from 1975 to 1982 to provide independent colleges and universities in the northeastern United States with a means of participating in end-of-season tournaments that resulted in the winning team receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, similar to the end-of-season tournaments held by conventional athletic conferences. The Division I ECAC tournaments were discontinued after all participating schools joined conferences of their own during the late 1970s and early 1980s.[6][7]

The ECAC also held combined Division II/III regional end-of- season tournaments from 1973 to 1980 and a single Division II tournament after the regular season from 1988 to 2006 and in 2007 and 2008. Since 1981, it has organized regional Division III men's basketball tournaments annually at the end of each regular season.[6]

ECAC Division III Football Bowls[edit]

In football, the ECAC organizes six NCAA Division III bowl games each year, three in its North region and three in its South region. The conference selects six ECAC member teams from the North region and six teams from the South region to participate in the bowls and seeds them one through six in each region, with the top three seeds in each region serving as the host institutions for the games.[8]

  • North Region:
    • ECAC Northwest Bowl
    • ECAC North Atlantic Bowl
    • ECAC Northeast Bowl
  • South Region:
    • ECAC Southwest Bowl
    • ECAC South Atlantic Bowl
    • ECAC Southeast Bowl

Awards[edit]

See footnotes[9][10]
  • Robbins Scholar-Athletes[11]
  • Award of Merit (for student-athletes)[12]
  • Award of Valor (for student-athletes)[13]
  • ECAC Rowing Trophy[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Membership. Eastern College Athletic Conference official website. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  2. ^ Membership: Division I (88 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  3. ^ Membership: Division II (40 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  4. ^ Membership: Division III (169 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  5. ^ Affiliates. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  6. ^ a b Varsity Pride: ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments
  7. ^ Varsity Pride: 1982 ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments
  8. ^ [1]. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  9. ^ Membership: Awards. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  10. ^ ECAC Awards and Honors. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  11. ^ ECAC Awards and Honors: Robbins Scholar-Athletes. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  12. ^ ECAC Awards and Honors: Appreciation and Merit Awards. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  13. ^ ECAC Awards and Honors: Award of Valor. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  14. ^ ECAC Awards and Honors: ECAC Rowing Trophy. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.

External links[edit]

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