Sun Conference

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Sun Conference
(TSC)
Sun Conference logo
Established 1990
Association NAIA
Members 11
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
Region Southern United States
Region XIV of the NAIA
Former names Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1990–1992)
Florida Sun Conference (1992–2008)
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Commissioner Mark Pope (since 2011)
Website thesunconference.com
Locations
Sun Conference locations

The Sun Conference (TSC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Nine of the eleven full member institutions are located in Florida, with two in Georgia and one in South Carolina. In addition there are two football-only affiliate members, one each in Florida and Georgia. The Sun Conference competes in the NAIA in all sponsored sports.

History[edit]

The conference was created in March 1990 as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (FIAC), and renamed to the Florida Sun Conference in 1992. Charter members consisted of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Flagler College, Florida Memorial University, Nova University of Advanced Technology (now Nova Southeastern University), Palm Beach Atlantic University, Saint Thomas University, Webber International University and Warner Southern College (now Warner University).

The league later grew to nine members with the addition of Northwood University in 1994 (now Keiser University). Between 2002 and 2006, Nova Southeastern (2002), Palm Beach Atlantic (2003) and Flagler (2006) moved to NCAA Division II. But the league was able to recruit new members as Savannah College of Art and Design joined in 2004, followed by Edward Waters College in 2006. It adopted its current name in August 2008 to reflect its expansion to institutions outside of Florida.[1] With the addition of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort in 2007, Johnson and Wales University, Southeastern University and Ave Maria University in 2009, and Thomas University of Georgia in 2012, years, along with Edward Waters’ move to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference after the 2009–10 season, the league membership now stands at 12 schools, as of the 2012–13 season.

In 2014, Point University and former member Edward Waters College joined the conference for football only. Starting with the 2016 season, all six football members moved to the Mid-South Conference for that sport.[2]

Charter member Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University departed the conference on June 30, 2015 and joined the Sunshine State Conference (NCAA II).

Member schools[edit]

There are currently 11 full members.[3]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida 2003 1,200 Gyrenes 2009
Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens, Florida 1879 1,784 Lions 1990
Johnson & Wales University–North Miami North Miami, Florida 1914 2,000 Wildcats 2009
Keiser University West Palm Beach, Florida 1984 484 Seahawks 1994
St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, Florida 1961 1,750 Bobcats 1990
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, Georgia 1978 11,897 Bees 2004
University of South Carolina Beaufort Beaufort, South Carolina 1959 1,386 Sand Sharks 2007
Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida 1935 3,850 Fire 2009
Thomas University Thomasville, Georgia 1950 1,100 Night Hawks 2012
Warner University Lake Wales, Florida 1968 1,037 Royals 1990
Webber International University Babson Park, Florida 1927 616 Warriors 1990

Former affiliate members[edit]

For the 2014 and 2015 football seasons, Edward Waters and Jacksonville joined the conference. All six members moved to the Mid-South Conference for the 2016 season. With the exception of Point, which participates in the Appalachian division, these teams plus Faulkner University now form the Sun Division of the Mid-South Conference.[4]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Edward Waters College Jacksonville, Florida 1866 800 Tigers 2014 football Gulf Coast
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 1450 Skyhawks 2014 football Appalachian
  • Edward Waters College — was a full member from 2006–2010.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Florida 1926 Eagles 1990 2015 Sunshine State
(NCAA D-II)
Flagler College St. Augustine, Florida 1968 Saints 1990 2006 Peach Belt
(NCAA D-II)
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1964 Sharks 1990 2002 Sunshine State
(NCAA D-II)
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, Florida 1968 Sailfish 1990 2003 Sunshine State
(NCAA D-II)

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only) 

Sports[edit]

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Sun Conference". Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Mid-South Conference Creates Largest College Football Conference". 25 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Sun Conference". The Sun Conference. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Michael (25 February 2016). "Local teams officially join Mid-South football conference". The Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 

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