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Atlantic 10 Conference
(A-10)
Established1976
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members17 (16 full; 1 associate)
Sports fielded21 (men's: 9; women's: 12)
RegionEastern United States
Midwestern United States
Former namesEastern Collegiate Basketball League (1976–77)
Eastern Athletic Association (1977–82)
Eastern 8 (unofficial, 1976–82)
HeadquartersNewport News, Virginia
CommissionerBernadette McGlade
Websiteatlantic10.com
Locations

The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly on the United States' eastern seaboard. It also has several members in the Midwest, including two member schools in Ohio, Dayton and Xavier (located in Dayton and Cincinnati, respectively); Saint Louis (in St. Louis, Missouri); and Butler (located in Indianapolis). Virginia Commonwealth and Butler joined the A-10 on July 1, 2012.[1] Although some of its members are state-funded, more than half of its membership is made up of private, Catholic institutions. Despite the name, there are 17 partial or full-time members: 16 basketball and other sports, and one affiliate member that participate in women's field hockey only.

HistoryEdit

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 Pittsburgh and Villanova leave 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 16 current 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.

The league office headquarters has been located in Newport News, Virginia since the Fall of 2009.[2] Prior to that, the headquarters was in Philadelphia, within a few miles of three member schools (Temple, Saint Joseph's, and La Salle).

Member schoolsEdit

Full membersEdit

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

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment US News Ranking Joined Nickname
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 Private 4,667 2 (Regional-Midwest) 2012 Bulldogs
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 Public 25,144 194 (National) 2005††† 49ers
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 1850 Private 10,920 101 (National) 1995 Flyers
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 Private 10,106 101 (National) 1976,
1993†
Dukes
Fordham University Bronx, New York 1841 Private 14,666 53 (National) 1995 Rams
George Washington University Washington, D.C. 1821 Private 25,116 50 (National) 1976 Colonials
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 Private 6,176 41 (Regional-North) 1995 Explorers
University of Massachusetts* Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 Public 26,359 94 (National) 1976 Minutemen
University of Rhode Island* Kingston, Rhode Island 1892 Public 15,904 147 (National) 1980 Rams
University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia 1830 Private 4,249 27 (National Liberal Arts Colleges) 2001 Spiders
St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, New York 1858 Private 2,406 32 (Regional-North) 1979 Bonnies
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 Private 7,900 8 (Regional-North) 1982 Hawks
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private 16,500 90 (National) 2005 Billikens
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Public 35,490 132 (National) 1982†† Owls
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 1838 Public 32,303 170 (National) 2012 Rams
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 Private 6,584 4 (Regional-Midwest) 1995 Musketeers
Notes

† - Duquesne left the A-10 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now known as the Horizon League) only for the 1992-93 season; but re-joined back in the 1993-94 season.
†† - Temple will be joining the Big East Conference for all sports beginning on July 1, 2013.
††† - Charlotte will be re-joining C-USA for all sports on July 1, 2013.

* - Massachusetts and Rhode Island also played football within the A-10 when the Yankee Conference was absorbed from 1997 to 2006.

Associate membersEdit

Institution Location Conference Type Enrollment Joined Nickname Sport
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania PSAC Public 5,500 2010 Bald Eagles Field Hockey

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Membership Type Years Conference Moved To
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts Terriers Football member 1973–1997† America East, dropped football after 1997 season (to join Patriot League in July 2013)
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut Huskies Football member 1947–1999† Big East
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Football member 1986–2006† CAA
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York Hofstra Pride Football member 2001–2006 CAA (dropped football after 2009 season)
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia Dukes Football member 1993–2006† CAA
University of Maine Orono, Maine Black Bears Football member 1947–2006† America East, CAA (football)
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire Wildcats Football member 1947–2006† America East, CAA (football)
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts Huskies Football member 1993–2006† CAA (dropped football after 2009 season)
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions Full member (excluding football) 1976–1979, 1982–1991 Big Ten
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Panthers Full member (excluding football) 1976–1982 Big East (to join ACC in July 2013)
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey Scarlet Knights Full member (excluding football) 1976–1995 Big East (to join Big Ten in 2014 or 2015)
Towson University Towson, Maryland Tigers Football member 2004–2006 CAA
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania Wildcats Full member (excluding football) 1976–1980 Big East
Football member 1988–2006† CAA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia Hokies Full member (excluding football and wrestling) 1995–2000 Big East (now in ACC)
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia Mountaineers Full member (excluding football) 1976–1995 Big East (now in Big 12)
The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia Tribe Football member 1993–2006† CAA

† - Includes time in the Yankee Conference, which merged with the Atlantic 10 for football in 1997.

Membership timelineEdit

Virginia Commonwealth UniversityButler 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 DelawareBig East ConferenceUniversity of ConnecticutBoston UniversityXavier UniversityLa Salle UniversityFordham UniversityUniversity of DaytonAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East ConferenceVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySaint Joseph's UniversityConferenceTemple UniversityUniversity of Rhode IslandSt. Bonaventure UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstGeorge Washington UniversityDuquesne UniversityBig 12 ConferenceBig East ConferenceWest Virginia UniversityBig Ten ConferenceBig East ConferenceRutgers UniversityBig Ten ConferencePennsylvania State UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East ConferenceUniversity of PittsburghBig East ConferenceVillanova 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 rivalriesEdit

There are a number of intense rivalries within the Atlantic 10.

  1. REDIRECT Template:Under discussion-inline Rivalries that carry over from the Big 5 which includes Saint Joseph's, Temple, and La Salle include those games between La Salle and Saint Joseph's and especially Temple and Saint Joseph's, a rivalry that has intensified in recent years. Like the Big 5, Dayton and Xavier are near one another and have an intense rivalry that began in 1920. URI and UMass also maintain a long-standing rivalry. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne also maintain a rivalry that predates their affiliation with the conference. A fledgling rivalry that has spawned has been one between Temple and Xavier, two of the most consistent schools in the A-10. UMass and Temple also had a basketball rivalry while John Chaney was coaching Temple but it has died down a bit since. 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 already-existing crosstown rivalry between Richmond and VCU, known as the Black & Blue Classic, became a conference rivalry with VCU's arrival in the A10.

Sports Edit

The Atlantic 10 Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

Teams in Atlantic 10 Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
15
-
Basketball
16
16
Cross Country
16
16
Field Hockey
-
8
Golf
13
-
Lacrosse
-
8
Rowing
-
9
Soccer
16
16
Softball
-
12
Swimming & Diving
7
11
Tennis
14
16
Track and Field (Indoor)
12
14
Track and Field (Outdoor)
13
14
Volleyball
-
12

Men's basketball championsEdit

Women's basketball championsEdit

FootballEdit

OriginEdit

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 schools 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 A-10 dropped sponsorship after the 2006 season.

Football championsEdit

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
2008 Richmond

Demise/"Rename"Edit

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. For all intents and purposes, including the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, the A-10 football conference became the CAA football conference.

A-10 schools in I-A/FBSEdit

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, and three A-10 members joined the Big East as football-only members: Rutgers, West Virginia, and Temple.

All but Temple would join the Big East in all sports in 1995, but Virginia Tech joined the A-10 as a result of the merger that created Conference USA; they were already Big East football members, and would join that conference as full members in 2000. Temple remained a football-only member of the Big East until 2004; they would join the MAC for football in 2007-2012, and rejoin the Big East for the 2012 season, with all sports moving in 2013. Massachusetts joined them in FBS football with membership in the MAC beginning in the 2012 season. Charlotte, which will start a football program in 2013, will be leaving for Conference USA that year. It will start as an FCS program and fully transition to FBS in 2015.

FacilitiesEdit

School Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Butler Hinkle Fieldhouse 10,000 Bulldog Park 500 Butler Bowl 7,500
Charlotte Dale F. Halton Arena 9,105 Hayes Stadium 3,000 Transamerica Field 4,000
Dayton University of Dayton Arena 13,435 Woerner Field 500 Baujan Field 2,000
Duquesne A. J. Palumbo Center 4,406 Non-baseball school Rooney Field 2,200
Fordham Rose Hill Gymnasium 3,470 Houlihan Park 1,000 Coffey Field 7,000
George Washington Smith Center 4,338 Barcroft Park 1,000 Mount Vernon Athletic Fields N/A
La Salle Tom Gola Arena 4,000 Hank DeVincent Field 1,000 McCarthy Stadium 7,500
Massachusetts Mullins Center 9,493 Earl Lorden Field N/A Rudd Field N/A
Rhode Island Ryan Center 7,657 Bill Beck Field 1,000 URI Soccer Complex 1,547
Richmond Robins Center 9,071 Malcolm U. Pitt Field 600 E. Claiborne Robins Stadium 8,700
St. Bonaventure Reilly Center 5,480 Fred Handler Park N/A McGraw-Jennings Field N/A
St. Joseph's Hagan Arena 4,200 Smithson Field 400 Finnesey Field 600
St. Louis Chaifetz Arena 10,600 Billiken Sports Center 500 Hermann Stadium 6,050
Temple Owls Liacouras Center 10,206 Skip Wilson Field 1,000 Ambler Soccer Field N/A
Virginia Commonwealth Stuart C. Siegel Center 7,617 The Diamond 9,560 Sports Backers Stadium 3,250
Xavier Cintas Center 10,250 J. Page Hayden Field 500 Xavier University Soccer Complex N/A

The conference does not sponsor football. Members who participate in football do so as affiliate members of other conferences:

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