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Atlantic 10 Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference
A-10
Atlantic 10 Conference logo
Established 1976
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision non-football
Members 14 (14 full; 2 associate)
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 12
Region Eastern United States
Midwestern United States
Former names Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (1976-77)
Eastern Athletic Association (1977-82)
Eastern 8 (unofficial, 1976-82)
Headquarters Newport News, Virginia
Commissioner Bernadette McGlade
Website www.atlantic10.com
Locations
Atlantic 10 Conference locations

The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a collegiate athletic conference whose schools compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. The A-10's member schools are located in states mostly on the United States Eastern Seaboard, as well as some in the Midwest - Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri as well as in the District of Columbia. Although some of its members are state-funded, half of its membership is made up of private, Catholic institutions. Despite the name, there are 14 full-time members, and two affiliate members that participate in women's field hockey only.

History

The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (ECBL) and began conference play in 1976. At that time, basketball was its only sport. After its first season, it added sports other than basketball and changed its name to the Eastern Athletic Association. However, despite its official names, it was popularly known as the Eastern 8, as it then had eight members (Villanova, Duquesne, Penn State, West Virginia, George Washington, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers).

After changes in membership that saw charter members Villanova and Pittsburgh leave (in 1980 and 1982, respectively) and new members St. Bonaventure (1979), Rhode Island (1980), Saint Joseph's (1982), and Temple (1982) enter, establishing the league with 10 members, the conference adopted the current Atlantic 10 name in 1982.

Further membership changes saw the league expand to its maximum of 16 members. From 1997 through 2006, the league also operated a football conference; during that period, more than 20 schools were participating in A-10 competition in at least one sport. This ended when the A-10 football programs all departed to join a new football conference sponsored by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2012, Butler joined the conference after leaving the Horizon League and VCU joined after leaving the CAA.

Conference realignment in 2013 saw the departure of Temple to the American Athletic Conference, Butler and Xavier to the reconfigured Big East, and Charlotte to Conference USA. George Mason joined from the CAA, and Davidson from the Southern Conference announced they would join in 2014.

The league office headquarters has been located in Newport News, Virginia since the Fall of 2009.[1] Prior to that, the headquarters was in Philadelphia, within a few miles of member schools Saint Joseph's and La Salle.

The conference currently has media deals with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, and NBCSN.

Member schools

Current members

Full members

The following is a list of the full members of the conference and the year they joined:

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname Colors
Davidson College Davidson, NC 1837 Private - Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
1,756 2014 Wildcats          
University of Dayton Dayton, OH 1850 Private - Catholic
(Marianists)
10,920 1995 Flyers          
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA 1878 Private - Catholic
(Spiritans)
10,106 1976,
1993+
Dukes          
Fordham University Bronx, NY 1841 Private - Catholic
(Jesuit)
14,667 1995 Rams          
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 1957 Public 33,917 2013 Patriots          
George Washington University Washington, D.C. 1821 Private - Non-sectarian 25,116 1976 Colonials          
La Salle University Philadelphia, PA 1863 Private - Catholic
(De La Salle Brothers)
6,176 1995 Explorers          
University of Massachusetts^ Amherst, MA 1863 Public
(University of Massachusetts)
26,359 1976 Minutemen and Minutewomen          
University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 1892 Public 16,243 1980 Rams               
University of Richmond^ Richmond, VA 1830 Private - Non-sectarian 4,249 2001 Spiders          
St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, NY 1858 Private - Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,406 1979 Bonnies          
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA 1851 Private - Catholic
(Jesuit)
7,900 1982 Hawks          
Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO 1818 Private - Catholic
(Jesuit)
16,500 2005 Billikens          
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 1838 Public 32,303 2012 Rams          
Notes

+ - Duquesne left the A-10 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now known as the Horizon League) only for the 1992-93 season, but returned in the 1993-94 season.

^ - Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Richmond also played football within the A-10 from 1997 to 2006 after the Yankee Conference was absorbed (however, Richmond's primary conference until 2001 was the CAA).

Associate members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname Primary
Conference
A-10 Sport
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1870 Public
(PASSHE)
5,500 2010 Bald Eagles PSAC (D-II) field hockey
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 Private - Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,449 2013 Red Flash NEC field hockey

Former members

Former full members

None of these institutions played football in the A-10 during their tenure as full members.

Former associate members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Primary
Conference
A-10 Sport
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania 1880 Public
(PASSHE)
13,271 (full-time)
2,576 (part-time)
1996-97 2010-11 Golden Rams PSAC field hockey

Former football-only members

After expansion in the Colonial Athletic Association brought that conference to 6 football-playing schools, it was agreed that the CAA would take over management of the Atlantic 10's football conference starting in 2007. All the schools on this list (except Boston U. and Connecticut) were in the A-10 football conference when it became the CAA football conference, but Hofstra and Northeastern discontinued their football programs after the 2009-10 season. Membership dates include time in the Yankee Conference (which was an all-sports conference from 1947 to 1975 and a football-only conference after that) which merged into the A-10 in 1997.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Primary Conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 1839 Private 29,978 1973 19971 Terriers Independent (1975-79)
America East (1979-2013)
Patriot League (2013-present)
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 Public 25,583 1947 19992 Huskies Independent (1975-79)
Big East (1979-2013)
The American (2013-present)
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 1743 Private/Public 19,391 1986 2006 Fightin' Blue Hens East Coast (1986-91)
America East (1991-2001)
CAA (2001-present)
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York 1935 Private 12,400 2001 20063 Pride CAA
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia 1908 Public 19,927 1993 2006 Dukes CAA
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865 Public 10,901 1947 2006 Black Bears Independent (1975-79)
America East (1979-present)
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866 Public 11,942 1947 2006 Wildcats Independent (1975-79)
America East (1979-present)
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts 1898 Private 12,913 1993 20064 Huskies America East (1993-2005)
CAA (2005-present)
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 Public 21,950 2004 2006 Tigers CAA
Villanova University5 Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 Private 10,482 1988 2006 Wildcats Big East (1979-2013)
Big East (2013-present)
The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia 1693 Public 8,258 1993 2006 Tribe CAA
Notes
  1. Boston University dropped football after the 1997-98 season.
  2. Connecticut moved to FBS after the 1999-2000 season, which eventually joined the Big East for that sport in the 2004-05 season.
  3. Hofstra dropped football after the 2009-10 season.
  4. Northeastern dropped football after the 2009-10 season.
  5. Villanova was originally a charter and full member of the A-10 during the 1976-77 through the 1979-80 seasons in all sports except football.

Membership timeline

Davidson CollegeSaint Francis UniversityGeorge Mason UniversityVirginia Commonwealth UniversityBig East ConferenceButler UniversityLock Haven University of PennsylvaniaSaint Louis UniversityConference USAUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteColonial Athletic AssociationTowson UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationHofstra UniversityUniversity of RichmondColonial Athletic AssociationCollege of William & MaryColonial Athletic AssociationNortheastern UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of New HampshireColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of MaineColonial Athletic AssociationJames Madison UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of DelawareAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)University of ConnecticutBoston UniversityLa Salle UniversityFordham UniversityUniversity of DaytonBig East ConferenceXavier UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)Virginia TechSaint Joseph's UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceTemple UniversityUniversity of Rhode IslandSt. Bonaventure UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstGeorge Washington UniversityHorizon LeagueDuquesne UniversityBig 12 ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)West Virginia UniversityBig Ten ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)Rutgers UniversityBig Ten ConferencePennsylvania State UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)University of PittsburghBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979-2013)Villanova University

Full members Full members (non-football) Associate members (football only) Assoc. member (list sports)
Notes
* - Virginia Tech did not participate in wrestling.

Atlantic 10 rivalries

There are a number of intense rivalries within the Atlantic 10,[under discussion] with rivalries that carry over from the Big 5 which includes Saint Joseph's, La Salle, and Temple (now in the American Athletic Conference). URI and UMass also have a long-standing rivalry. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne also maintain a rivalry that predates their affiliation with the conference. UMass and Temple also had a basketball rivalry while John Chaney was coaching Temple but it has died down a bit since, and even more so now that Temple has left the conference. Due to both teams sharing the Ram mascot, the Fordham - URI rivalry has increased in recent years as the competitions are heralded as "The Battle of the Rams." The long-standing crosstown rivalry between Richmond and VCU, now known as the Capital City Classic, became a conference rivalry with VCU's arrival in the A10.

Sports

In the 2014-15 academic year, the Atlantic 10 Conference will sponsor championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3] In addition to the 14 full members, two Pennsylvania schools, Lock Haven and Saint Francis, are affiliate members in field hockey.

A-10 Conference teams
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
13
-
Basketball
14
14
Cross Country
14
14
Field Hockey
-
9
Golf
12
-
Lacrosse
-
9
Rowing
-
9
Soccer
13
14
Softball
-
10
Swimming & Diving
8
11
Tennis
11
14
Track and Field (Indoor)
10
13
Track and Field (Outdoor)
11
13
Volleyball
-
11

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total
A-10 Sports
Davidson
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Dayton
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
6
Duquesne
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
5
Fordham
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
George Mason
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
George Washington
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
La Salle
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Massachusetts
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Rhode Island
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
Richmond
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
5
St. Bonaventure
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickYRed XN**
8
St. Joseph's
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
St. Louis
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Virginia Commonwealth
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Totals
13
14
14
11
13
8
11
10
11.5**
105

** = St. Bonaventure University sponsors an outdoor distance track program but does not participate in short distance or field events.[4]

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic 10 Conference which are played by A-10 schools:

School Football Ice hockey Lacrosse Rowing? Sailing# Squash+ Volleyball Water polo Wrestling
Davidson Pioneer No No No No No No No SoCon
Dayton Pioneer No No No No No No No No
Duquesne Northeast No No No No No No No No
Fordham Patriot No No No No CSA No CWPA N No
George Mason No No No No No No EIVA No EWL
George Washington No No No IRA & SIRA MAISA CSA No CWPA SE No
La Salle No No No IRA No No No CWPA SW No
Massachusetts FBS Independent Hockey East CAA No No No No No No
Rhode Island CAA No No No No No No No No
Richmond CAA No SoCon No No No No No No
St. Joseph's No No Northeast IRA No No No No No

? = Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA.

# = Intercollegiate sailing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA.

+ = Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
A-10 Sports
Davidson
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Dayton
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Duquesne
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Fordham
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
George Mason
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
George Washington
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
La Salle
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Massachusetts
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
11
Rhode Island
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Richmond
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
10
St. Bonaventure
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickYRed XN**
Red XN
8
St. Joseph's
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
10
St. Louis
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Virginia Commonwealth
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Totals
14
14
7+2+
10
9
14
10
11
14
13
13.5**
10
139+2

+ = Affiliate members Lock Haven and Saint Francis (PA).

** = St. Bonaventure University sponsors an outdoor distance track program but does not participate in short distance or field events.

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic 10 Conference which are played by A-10 schools:

School Bowling Golf Gymnastics Sailing[wn 1] Squash[wn 2] Water polo
Dayton No MAAC No No No No
George Washington No No EAGL MAISA CSA CWPA SE
La Salle No MAAC No No No MAAC
Richmond No Patriot League No No No No
Duquesne Northeast No No No No No
Notes
  1. ^ Intercollegiate sailing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA.
  2. ^ Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.

Current tournament champions

The Atlantic 10 Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[5]

Season Sport Men's
champion
Women's
champion
Fall 2016 Cross Country Dayton Richmond
Field Hockey   Massachusetts
Soccer Saint Louis Fordham
Volleyball   Dayton
Winter 2016-17 Basketball Rhode Island Dayton
Swimming & Diving George Washington Richmond
Track & Field (Indoor) George Mason VCU
Spring 2017 Golf Richmond  
Tennis VCU Massachusetts
Women's Lacrosse   Massachusetts
Baseball Davidson  
Softball   Fordham
Rowing   Massachusetts
Track & Field (Outdoor) Rhode Island George Mason

Football (1997-2006)

Origin

The A-10 began sponsoring football in 1997 when it absorbed the Yankee Conference, a Division I-AA (now known as Division I FCS) football-only conference. The move was triggered by a change in NCAA rules that reduced the influence of single-sport conferences over NCAA legislation. The following teams were in the Yankee Conference at the time of its demise:

Boston University dropped football after the first season of A-10 football. After the 1999 season, UConn started a transition from Division I-AA to Division I-A football (now Division I FBS) that was completed in 2002. In 2004, UConn, already a member of the Big East for other sports, became a football member of that conference. The other schools all remained in the A-10 football conference until the management change after the 2006 season.

Football champions

Season Regular Season Champion
1997 Villanova
1998 Richmond
1999 James Madison, Massachusetts
2000 Delaware, Richmond
2001 Hofstra, Maine, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 Maine, Northeastern
2003 Delaware, Massachusetts
2004 Delaware, James Madison, William & Mary
2005 New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 Massachusetts

Demise/"Rename"

The 2005 move of Northeastern University, a football-only member of the A-10, to the Colonial Athletic Association for basketball and Olympic sports began a chain of events that would lead to the demise of the A-10 football conference, at least under the A-10 banner.

At that time, the CAA did not sponsor football, but five of its members in the 2004-05 academic year (Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Towson, and William & Mary) were football members of the A-10. The addition of Northeastern gave the CAA six schools with football programs, which under NCAA rules allows a conference to sponsor football. Northeastern agreed to join any future CAA football conference, which meant that the A-10 football conference would drop to six members once CAA football began operation.

With six football members in place, the CAA decided to start a football conference in 2007. The league then invited Richmond, a member of the CAA from 1983 to 2001, to rejoin for football only, because of UR's long-standing in-state rivalries with William & Mary and James Madison. UR accepted the invitation, taking the A-10 football conference below the NCAA minimum of six. Shortly after this, the A-10 football conference opted to disband, with all of its members becoming charter members of the CAA football conference.

A-10 schools in DI-A/FBS

A-10 charter members Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Villanova played I-A football as independents while members of the A-10 in other sports. Villanova became a member of the Big East in 1980 with Pittsburgh following in 1982. Temple joined the A-10 that year. Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991 (effectively in 1993), and three A-10 members joined the Big East as football-only members: Rutgers, West Virginia, and Temple (only Rutgers and West Virginia would later join the Big East as full members in 1995).

Virginia Tech joined the A-10 in 1995 as a result of the merger that created Conference USA. They would then join the Big East as full members in 2000, following the football program which was already a member of the league. Temple remained a football-only member of the Big East until 2004; they would join the MAC for football in 2007 until 2012, and re-joined the Big East in football for the 2012 season. Temple planned to move the rest of its sports into the Big East in 2013, but the conference realigned into the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference and a new non-football Big East. Temple joined The American. Massachusetts joined them in FBS football with membership in the MAC beginning in the 2012 season and as an FBS independent beginning in 2016. Charlotte, which started a football program in 2013, left for Conference USA.

A-10 schools in DI-A/FBS
Schools Currently in the A-10 Schools formerly in the A-10
Massachusetts Penn State
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
West Virginia
Temple
Virginia Tech
Charlotte

Facilities

1 - Duquesne occasionally uses PPG Paints Arena for larger home games, including three during the 2012-2013 season. For these games, the upper bowl is blocked off by curtains, so the number of 19,100 is inaccurate.

References

  1. ^ [1] Archived February 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Rutgers spent one year in the renamed American Athletic Conference before joining the Big Ten in 2014.
  3. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference Official Athletic Site. Atlantic10.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-21.
  4. ^ http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/st-bonaventure/bona-adds-track-program-20150615
  5. ^ http://www.themwc.com/

External links


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