Great Northeast Athletic Conference

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Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Great Northeast Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
RegionNew England
HeadquartersWinthrop, Massachusetts
CommissionerJoe Walsh (since 2005)
Great Northeast Athletic Conference locations

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III.


Conference sports
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Field hockey
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Track & Field
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Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Albertus Magnus College New Haven, Connecticut Falcons 1925 Private 1,961 1995
Anna Maria College Paxton, Massachusetts Amcats 1946 Private 1,500 2011
Colby-Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire Chargers 1837 Private 1,043 2018
Emmanuel College Boston, Massachusetts Saints 1919 Private (Catholic) 1,850 1995
Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island Wildcats 1914 Private 8,564 1995
Lasell College Newton, Massachusetts Lasers 1851 Private 2,200 2007
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont Cadets 1819 Military 2,300 1998
Regis College Weston, Massachusetts Pride 1927 Private (Catholic) 2,748 2017
Rivier University Nashua, New Hampshire Raiders 1933 Private (Catholic) 2,520 1995
University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, Connecticut Blue Jays 1932 Private (Catholic) 2,405 1995
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Standish, Maine Monks 1912 Private (Catholic) 1,015 2007
Simmons University Boston, Massachuetts Sharks 1899 Private 1,900 1995
Suffolk University Boston, Massachuetts Rams 1906 Private 8,046 1995

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports

Suffolk will leave the GNAC in 2020 to join the Commonwealth Coast Conference.[1] The GNAC will replace Suffolk with Dean, which will move from the New England Collegiate Conference at the same time.[2]

Future member[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joining Current conference
Dean College Franklin, Massachusetts Bulldogs 1865 Private 1,055 2020 NECC

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference GNAC Sport
Elms College Chicopee, Massachusetts Blazers 1899 Private 1,713 2008 NECC swimming and diving
Eastern Nazarene Quincy, Massachusetts Lions 1900 Private 1,063 2018 NECC men's tennis
Husson University Bangor, Maine Eagles 1898 Private 3,500 2008 NAC swimming and diving
Rhode Island College Providence, R.I. Anchormen 1854 Private 9,000 2008-09 LEC men's golf
Southern Maine Portland, Maine Huskies 1878 Public 6,189 2008 LEC men's golf
UMass Dartmouth North Dartmouth, Massachusetts Corsairs 1895 Public 8,647 2012 LEC men's golf
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts Leopards 1904 Private 4,576 2011 CCC men's volleyball
Worcester State University Worcester, Massachusetts Lancers 1874 Public 5,495 2013 MASCAC men's golf

Membership timeline[edit]

Dean CollegeColby-Sawyer CollegeRegis College (Massachusetts)Anna Maria CollegeSaint Joseph's College of MaineMount Ida CollegeLasell CollegeWestern New England UniversitySouthern Vermont CollegeNorwich UniversitySuffolk UniversitySimmons UniversityUniversity of Saint Joseph (Connecticut)Rivier UniversityPine Manor CollegeJohnson %26 Wales UniversityEndicott CollegeEmerson CollegeEmmanuel College (Massachusetts)Daniel Webster CollegeAlbertus Magnus College


  1. ^ "Suffolk University Joining CCC as a Full Member in 2020-21" (Press release). Commonwealth Coast Conference. June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dean College Joining GNAC as Full Core Member in 2020-21" (Press release). Great Northwest Athletic Conference. July 10, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.

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