Old Dominion Athletic Conference
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|Old Dominion Athletic Conference|
|Members||15 full (14 in 2021 and back to 15 in 2022), 2 associate (1 in 2021)|
|Former names||Virginia College Conference|
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Of its 15 member schools, all but one are located in Virginia; the other full member is in North Carolina. The conference also has two associate members in North Carolina and Virginia
The conference was founded in May 1975 as the Virginia College Conference. On January 1, 1976, the name was changed to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 1976–77 season was the first in which championships were offered. In 1982–83, women's sports were added. In 1981, Catholic University joined the conference after leaving Division I's Colonial Athletic Association. In 1988, Virginia Wesleyan was added as a member, and, in 1990, Guilford became the first member located outside D.C. and Virginia. Maryville College was an all-sports member in the 1980s. In 1989 Catholic left the conference to become a charter member of the Capital Athletic Conference, returning in 1999 as a football-only member. The next school to leave the conference was Mary Baldwin College, which left in 1999 to join the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference.
On March 3, 2015, Sweet Briar College announced it was to close (cease operations) at the end of the 2015 summer session. However, on June 20, 2015, the Virginia Attorney General announced a mediation agreement that will keep Sweet Briar College open for the 2015–16 academic year. Sweet Briar reactivated its sports teams in the 2015-16 season and remained a full member of the ODAC.
On September 29, 2015, it was announced that Catholic University would withdraw in 2017 as associate member to join the new football league at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
Southern Virginia University, which had joined for football only in 2019, announced that December that it would leave the ODAC in July 2021, when its athletic program joins the football-sponsoring USA South Athletic Conference.
The conference hosts the Division III championships in football and men's basketball, both of which are held in Salem, Virginia. D-III softball has called Salem home along with Division III women's lacrosse and volleyball. Since 1993 - the conference and city have hosted over 50 Division III national championships.
† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.
^ - Men's college, therefore not competing in women's sports.
% - Hollins University does not have an athletic nickname.
|Averett University||Danville, Virginia||Cougars||1859||Private/Non-sectarian||2,719||2022|
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Primary conference||ODAC sport(s)|
|Greensboro College||Greensboro, North Carolina||Pride||1838||Private||1,250||2011-12||USA South||women's swimming|
|Southern Virginia University||Buena Vista, Virginia||Knights||1867||Private||1,106||2019-20||Coast to Coast
(USA South in 2021)
|Catholic University||Washington, D.C.||Cardinals||1887||Private||3,469||1981||1989||Landmark|
|Maryville College||Maryville, Tennessee||Scots||1819||Private||1,176||1980||1988||USA South|
|Mary Baldwin College||Staunton, Virginia||Fighting Squirrels||1842||Private||2,542||1984||1992||USA South|
Former associate members
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Left||ODAC sport(s)||Current conference|
in former ODAC sport(s)
|Catholic University||Washington, D.C.||Cardinals||1887||Private||3,469||1999||2017||Football||NEWMAC|
|Notre Dame of Maryland University||Baltimore, Maryland||Gators||1873||Private||4,878||2011-12||2015-16||Women's swimming||Dropped swimming|
This timeline is expressed with color bars.
Purple denotes football playing member.
Green denotes non-football playing member.
Red denotes associate member (football-only).
Blue denotes associate member (swimming only).
The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|
- "Virginia Colleges form Conference; 1976 Action Set". The Bee (Danville, Virginia). May 20, 1975. p. 8.
- "D3 football Catholic returns to ODAC". D3Football.com. July 7, 1999. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- "Shenandoah University to Join the ODAC". ODAC. September 29, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- "ODAC Unveils New Set of Logos". ODAC. October 13, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga (March 3, 2015). "Sweet Briar College to close because of financial challenges". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- Karin Kapsidelis (June 20, 2015). "Agreement reached to keep Sweet Briar open - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia News And Politics". Richmond.com. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "NEWMAC Adds Eighth Football Member Catholic University". NEWMAC (published April 8, 2015). September 19, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- "Southern Virginia Set to Join USA South" (Press release). Southern Virginia University Athletics. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
- "Emory & Henry College to Join South Atlantic Conference; Will Begin Competition in 2022-23" (Press release). South Atlantic Conference. November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
- "Averett University to Join the ODAC as a Full-Time Member". ODAC. March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.