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East Coast Conference
East Coast Conference
ECC
East Coast Conference logo
Established1989
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members9 (11 in 2020-21)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
RegionNortheastern United States
HeadquartersCentral Islip, New York
CommissionerRobert Dranoff (since 2008)
Websiteeccsports.org
Locations
East Coast Conference locations

The East Coast Conference (ECC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut and New York, as well as the District of Columbia.

History

The East Coast Conference was founded in 1989 as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference. Its charter members included:

Other members that joined were:

The ECC has become a lacrosse powerhouse, seeing six ECC teams win the Division II Men's Lacrosse championship over the past 10 years. In addition, at least 1 ECC team has competed in 13 the last 14 championship games. Recent ECC champions include Adelphi (1998, 1999, 2001), C.W. Post (1996, 2006 Tri-Champion), Dowling College (2006 Tri-Champion), NYIT (1997, 2003, 2005, 2008), and Mercyhurst College (2006 Tri-Champion, 2007)

Two changes to the conference membership were announced in the fall of 2018. First, it was announced on October 3, 2018 that Long Island University would unite its two athletic programs--the Division II LIU Post program and Division I program at LIU Brooklyn--into a single Division I program under the overall university name effective in 2019-20.[1] Second, it was announced on December 7, 2018 that beginning with the 2020 season (2019-20 school year), Frostburg State University will join the conference as an associate member in men's lacrosse, contingent on being accepted into Division II by the NCAA.[2]

The next change in conference membership was announced in March 2019, when the College of Staten Island (CSI), preparing to begin a transition from NCAA Division III, was accepted as a member effective with the 2020-21 school year.[3] The following August, Tusculum University was announced as a bowling affiliate, effective in 2019-20.[4] In March 2020, current Division III member D'Youville College was announced as a future member effective in 2020-21, contingent on NCAA approval of that school's transition to D-II.[5]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, Connecticut 1927 Private (Nonsectarian) 5,543 Purple Knights           2000
Daemen College Amherst, New York 1947 Private (Nonsectarian) 2,100 Wildcats           2013
University of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C. 1851 Public 5,471 Firebirds           2011
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, New York 1950 Private (Nonsectarian) 10,000 Mavericks           1989
Molloy College Rockville Centre, New York 1955 Private (Catholic) 3,533 Lions           1989
New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, New York 1955 Private (Nonsectarian) 12,755 Bears           1989
Queens College Flushing, New York 1937 Public 17,639 Knights           1989
Roberts Wesleyan College North Chili, New York 1866 Private (Free Methodist) 2,000 Redhawks           2012
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York 1952 Private (Catholic) 2,400 Spartans           2000

Future full member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining
D'Youville College Buffalo, New York 1946 Private (Catholic) 2,900 Spartans           2020
College of Staten Island Staten Island, New York 1956 Public 13,798 Dolphins           2020
  • Reclassifying members in yellow.

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 Private
(Nonsectarian)
8,110 Panthers           2015[a] bowling Northeast-10
Felician University Rutherford, New Jersey 1923 Private
(Catholic)
2,109 Golden Falcons           2015 bowling Central Atlantic
Frostburg State University[b] Frostburg, Maryland 1898 Public 5,215 Bobcats           2019 lacrosse (M) Mountain East
Georgian Court University Lakewood, New Jersey 1908 Private
(Catholic)
3,153 Lions           2012
(indoor-W);
2013
(indoor-M)
track & field indoor (M);
track & field indoor (W)[c]
Central Atlantic
Holy Family University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1954 Private
(Catholic)
2,100 Tigers           2016 track & field indoor (M);
track & field indoor (W)
Central Atlantic
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 Public
(PASSHE)
10,634 Golden Bears           2015 bowling Pennsylvania State
Lincoln University Chester County, Pennsylvania 1854 State-related
(HBCU)
2,376 Lions           2019 baseball; soccer (W) Central Intercollegiate
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee 1897 Private
(Nonsectarian)
2,579 Railsplitters           2016 bowling South Atlantic
Salem University Salem, West Virginia 1888 Private
(For-profit)
835 Tigers           2016 bowling Independent
Tusculum University Tusculum, Tennessee 1794 Private
(Presbyterian)
2,053 Pioneers           2019 bowling South Atlantic
  1. ^ Adelphi was a full ECC member from 1989 to 2009.
  2. ^ Currently reclassifying from NCAA Division III.
  3. ^ Georgian Court was also an affiliate in women's outdoor track & field in the 2012-13 school year.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Concordia College Bronxville, New York 1881 Private (Lutheran LCMS) Clippers 1989 2009 Central Atlantic
Dowling College Oakdale, New York 1963 Private (Nonsectarian) Golden Lions 1989 2016 Closed in 2016
Long Island University-Post Brookville, New York 1954 Private (Nonsectarian) Pioneers 1989 2019 Merged[a]
University of New Haven West Haven, Connecticut 1920 Private (Nonsectarian) Chargers 2002 2008 Northeast-10
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public Highlanders 1997 2000 Atlantic Sun
(NCAA D-I)
Pace University New York City, New York 1906 Private (Nonsectarian) Setters 1989 1997 Northeast-10
Philadelphia University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Private (Nonsectarian) Rams 1991 2005 Central Atlantic
College of Saint Rose Albany, New York 1920 Private (Catholic) Golden Knights 1991 2000 Northeast-10
Southampton College of Long Island University Southampton, New York 1963 Private (Nonsectarian) Colonials 1989 2005 Closed in 2005
  1. ^ Long Island University merged the LIU Post athletic program with the Division I program of its Brooklyn campus after the 2018-19 school year. The new athletic program, competing as the LIU Sharks, inherited Brooklyn's memberships in Division I and the Northeast Conference.

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Conference
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1924 Private (Catholic) Griffins 2009 2017 lacrosse (M) Central Atlantic
Dominican College Orangeburg, New York 1952 Private (Catholic) Chargers 2006 2017 lacrosse (M) Central Atlantic
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 Private (Nonsectarian) Ravens 2015 2018 bowling Northeast-10
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio 1856 Private (Nonsectarian) Storm 2009 2012 lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
Great Midwest
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Private (Catholic) Lakers 2005 2012 lacrosse (M) Pennsylvania State
Seton Hill University Greensburg, Pennsylvania 1883 Private (Catholic) Griffins 2009 2012 lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
Pennsylvania State
Wheeling Jesuit University[a] Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Private (Catholic) Cardinals 2009 2012 lacrosse (M) Mountain East
  1. ^ Known as Wheeling University since 2019.

Membership timeline

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

Sports

The East Coast Conference sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in the following sports:

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

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
ECC
Sports
Bridgeport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Daemen Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
District of Columbia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Mercy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Molloy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
New York Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Queens Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Roberts Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
St. Thomas Aquinas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 6 9 7 7 9 6 5 5 54
Affiliate Members
Frostburg State Green tickY 1
Georgian Court Green tickY 1
Holy Family Green tickY 1
Lincoln (PA) Green tickY 1
Future Members
D'Youville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Staten Island Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Bowling [a] Cross
Country
Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
ECC
Sports
Bridgeport Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Daemen Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
District of Columbia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Mercy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Molloy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
New York Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Queens Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Roberts Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
St. Thomas Aquinas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Totals 9 3 8 8 8 6 7 6 6 7 68
Affiliate Members
Adelphi Green tickY 1
Felician Green tickY 1
Georgian Court Green tickY 1
Holy Family Green tickY 1
Kutztown Green tickY 1
Lincoln (PA) Green tickY 1
Lincoln Memorial Green tickY 1
Salem Green tickY 1
Tusculum Green tickY 1
Future Members
D'Youville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Staten Island Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
  1. ^ De facto Division I sport. The NCAA sponsors a single national bowling championship open to members of all three divisions.

Other sponsored sports by school

Future members D'Youville and Staten Island in gray.

School Men Women
Football[a] Golf Swimming
& Diving
Volleyball [b] Wrestling Fencing [b] Field
Hockey
Golf Gymnastics [b] Rowing Swimming
& Diving
Bridgeport METS ECAC METS
Daemen IND IND
D'Youville TBA[c] TBA[c] TBA[c] TBA[c]
Mercy ECAC
Molloy IND
Queens METS NIWFA METS
Roberts Wesleyan IND IND IND
St. Thomas Aquinas CSFL IND IND
Staten Island METS METS
  1. ^ Although football is an official NCAA sport, the only ECC member with a football program, St. Thomas Aquinas, plays sprint football, a weight-restricted variant that is not governed by the NCAA.
  2. ^ a b c De facto Division I sport. The NCAA conducts a combined Division I/II championship in men's volleyball, and a single championship open to members of all three divisions in fencing and women's gymnastics.
  3. ^ a b c d Three of the four sports sponsored by D'Youville but not by the ECC--men's and women's golf and men's volleyball--were housed in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 athletic year.

References

  1. ^ "Long Island University Announces Unification Into One LIU Division I Program" (Press release). LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. October 3, 2018. Retrieved 2018.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "ECC Adds Frostburg State University as Men's Lacrosse Associate Members". Frostburg State University Athletics (Press release). West Babylon, New York: East Coast Conference. December 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "ECC Accepts College of Staten Island as League's 10th Member" (Press release). East Coast Conference. March 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Tusculum Joins ECC as Women's Bowling Associate Member" (Press release). East Coast Conference. August 23, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "ECC to Add D'Youville as Conference's 11th Member" (Press release). East Coast Conference. March 3, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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