Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
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Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference logo
Established 2006
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 12 (13 in 2018)
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 9
Region Upper Midwest
Former names Northern Athletics Conference
Headquarters Waukesha, Wisconsin
Commissioner G. Steven Larson (since 2006)
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The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), formerly the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC), is a college athletic conference. It participates in the NCAA's Division III and began its first season in the fall of 2006.

The NACC sponsors 19 sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and volleyball. Women's squads are fielded in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and volleyball. The newest NACC sport is men's volleyball, added in the 2017-18 school year.[1]

The NACC became eligible for automatic NCAA postseason berths in 2008-09.


The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference began its first season of competition in the fall of 2006 as the Northern Athletics Conference. The name change took place at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. The NACC consists of 12 colleges and universities from the shared-border states of Illinois and Wisconsin. Many have shared traditional rivalries dating back to the NACC's predecessor conferences: the Lake Michigan Conference and the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference.

Charter members include: Alverno College, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Concordia University Chicago, Concordia University Wisconsin, Dominican University, Edgewood College, Lakeland College, Maranatha Baptist University, Marian University, Rockford College and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Just three changes to the league's core membership have occurred, as the Milwaukee School of Engineering joined the NAC in the fall of 2007, and Maranatha withdrew from the league in the summer of 2013.[2] In 2017, the Illinois Institute of Technology announced that they would be joining the NACC for the 2018 athletic season, coinciding with their acceptance as a full NCAA Division III member.[3]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Nickname Colors Founded Type Undergraduate
Alverno College+ Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Inferno Red, White, & Black 1887 Private/Catholic 1,664 2006
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, Wisconsin
Falcons Blue & White 1880 Private/Lutheran Missouri Synod 2,473 2006
Edgewood College Madison, Wisconsin
Eagles Black, White, & Red 1927 Private/Catholic 1,570 2006
Lakeland University Plymouth, Wisconsin
Muskies Navy Blue & Gold 1862 Private/United Church of Christ 1,023 2006
Marian University Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sabres Royal Blue, Scarlet, & White 1936 Private/Catholic 1,497 2006
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Warriors Forest Green & White 1973 Private/Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 917 2006
Aurora University Aurora, Illinois
Spartans Royal Blue & White 1893 Private/Non-sectarian 2,309 2006
Benedictine University Lisle, Illinois
Eagles Cardinal & White 1887 Private/Catholic 2,740 2006
Concordia University Chicago River Forest, Illinois
Cougars Maroon & Gold 1864 Private/Lutheran Missouri Synod 1,361 2006
Dominican University River Forest, Illinois
Stars Royal Blue, Black, & White 1901 Private/Catholic 1,697 2006
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Raiders Cardinal & White 1903 Private/Non-sectarian 2,122 2007
Rockford University Rockford, Illinois
Regents Purple & White 1847 Private/Non-sectarian 765 2006
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois
(2.72 million)
Scarlet Hawks Red & Black 1890 Private/Non-sectarian 2,977 2018

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

Associate members

Institution Location Nickname Colors Founded Type Undergraduate
Joined Primary Conference NACC Sport
Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, Minnesota
Vikings Red & White 1927 Private/Lutheran (ELS) 550 2011 UMAC women's golf
Martin Luther College New Ulm, Minnesota
Knights Red, Black, & White 1995 Private/Lutheran (WELS) 800 2011 UMAC women's golf
University of Minnesota Morris Morris, Minnesota
Cougars Maroon & Gold 1960 Public 1,900 2011 UMAC women's golf
Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin
LumberJacks (men's)
LumberJills (women's)
Orange & Blue 1906 Private/United
Church of Christ
700 2011 UMAC women's golf
University of Northwestern - St. Paul Roseville, Minnesota
Eagles Purple & Gold 1902 Private/
2,944 2011 UMAC women's golf

Former member

Institution Location Nickname Colors Founded Type Undergraduate
Joined Left New Conference
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown, Wisconsin
Sabercats Navy Blue, Gold, & Crimson 1968 Private/Baptist 765 2006 2013 NCAA D-III Independent

Membership timeline

Milwaukee School of EngineeringWisconsin Lutheran CollegeRockford UniversityMarian University (Wisconsin)Maranatha Baptist UniversityLakeland College (Wisconsin)Edgewood CollegeDominican University (Illinois)Concordia University WisconsinConcordia University ChicagoBenedictine UniversityAurora UniversityAlverno College






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