Eastern College Athletic Conference
|Eastern College Athletic Conference
|Division||I, II, III|
|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 13; women's: 14)|
|Commissioner||Dan Coonan (since 2017)|
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is a college athletic conference comprising schools that compete in 16 sports (13 men's and 14 women's). It has 243 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina and west to Missouri. 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.
As of Spring 2017, there are 88 Division I members.
As of Spring 2017, there are 35 Division II members.
As of Spring 2017, there are 120 Division III members.
The ECAC has several affiliated single-sport leagues:
- Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
- Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges
- Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League
- Intercollegiate Rowing Association
- Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes in America
- ECAC Lacrosse League (defunct)
- ECAC Division II Lacrosse League
- ECAC Hockey (independent since 2004)
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field (Indoor)|
|Track & Field (Outdoor)|
ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments
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.
The ECAC also held combined Division II/III regional end-of- season tournaments from 1973 to 1980 and a single Division II-only tournament after the regular season from 1988 to 2006 and in 2007, 2008, and 2014. Since 1981, it has organized regional Division III-only men's basketball tournaments annually at the end of each regular season.
ECAC Division III Football Bowls
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.
- North Region:
- ECAC Northwest Bowl
- ECAC North Atlantic Bowl
- ECAC Northeast Bowl
- South Region:
- ECAC Southwest Bowl
- ECAC South Atlantic Bowl
- ECAC Southeast Bowl
- Robbins Scholar-Athletes
- Award of Merit (for student-athletes)
- Award of Valor (for student-athletes)
- ECAC Rowing Trophy
- ECAC Hockey, a Division I ice hockey conference previously affiliated with the ECAC
- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, a similar Division I conference in the western U.S.
- Membership. Eastern College Athletic Conference official website. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- Membership: Division I (88 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- Membership: Division II (35 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- Membership: Division III (120 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- Affiliates. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Varsity Pride: ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments Archived December 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Varsity Pride: 1982 ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments
- . ECAC official website. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
- Membership: Awards. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: Robbins Scholar-Athletes. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: Appreciation and Merit Awards. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: Award of Valor. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: ECAC Rowing Trophy. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.