Great Northeast Athletic Conference

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Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Great Northeast Athletic Conference logo
Established 1995
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 12
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
Region New England
Headquarters Winthrop, Massachusetts
Commissioner Joe Walsh (since 2005)
Great Northeast Athletic Conference locations

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in New England in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has 12 full members:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Albertus Magnus College New Haven, Connecticut Falcons 1925 Private (Catholic) 1,769 1995
Anna Maria College Paxton, Massachusetts AMCats 1946 Private (Catholic) 1,444 2011
Emmanuel College2 Boston, Massachusetts Saints 1919 Private (Catholic) 2,598 1995
Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island Wildcats 1914 Private 16,000 1995
Lasell College Newton, Massachusetts Lasers 1851 Private 1,800 2007
Mount Ida College Newton, Massachusetts Mustangs 1899 Private 1,300 2007
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont Cadets 1819 Private (Military) 3,000 1998
Rivier University Nashua, New Hampshire Raiders 1933 Private (Catholic) 2,300 1995
University of Saint Joseph1 West Hartford, Connecticut Blue Jays 1932 Private (Catholic) 1,020 1995
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Standish, Maine Monks 1912 Private (Catholic) 2,034 2007
Simmons College1 Boston, Massachusetts Sharks 1899 Private 4,912 1995
Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts Rams 1906 Private 16,095 19953
  1. - Women's college (no men's sports)
  2. - Former women's college, now a co-educational college (Emmanuel since 2001-02)
  3. - Suffolk's men's sports teams joined the GNAC in the 1998-99 season.

Future Members[edit]

It was announced in June 2016 that the conference would be expanding over the next couple of years with the addition of Regis College in 2017-18, followed by the addition of Colby-Sawyer College in 2018-19.[1]

Associate Members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference GNAC Sport
Ramapo College Mahwah, New Jersey Roadrunners 1969 Public 5,233 2013-14 NJAC men's tennis
Rhode Island College Providence, Rhode Island Anchormen 1854 Public 9,000 2007-08 LEC men's golf
Rutgers–Camden Camden, New Jersey Scarlet Raptors 1950 Public 5,450 2014-15 NJAC men's tennis
Rutgers–Newark Newark, New Jersey Scarlet Raiders 1945 Public 10,500 2013-14 NJAC men's tennis
University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, Massachusetts Beacons 1852 Public 15,741 2007-08 LEC men's golf
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts Leopards 1904 Private 3,728 2011-12 CCC men's volleyball

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
Daniel Webster College Nashua, New Hampshire Eagles 1965 Private 1,200 1995 2008 NECC
Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts Lions 1888 Private 4,290 1995 2013 NEWMAC
Endicott College Beverly, Massachusetts Gulls 1939 Private 4,650 1995 1999 CCC
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Gators 1911 Private 345 1995 2012 GSAC
Southern Vermont College Bennington, Vermont Mountaineers 1926 Private 650 1998 2006 NECC
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, Connecticut Bears 1876 Federal 1,045 1995 1996 NEWMAC
Western New England University Springfield, Massachusetts Golden Bears 1919 Private 3,800 1998 2007 CCC

Membership timeline[edit]

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The GNAC sponsors championships in 17 intercollegiate athletic sports. They are baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's volleyball.


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