|Eastern College Athletic Conference |
|Division||I, II, III|
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 17; women's: 18)|
|Commissioner||Rudy Keeling (since 2007)|
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is a college athletic conference comprising schools that compete in 21 sports (17 men's and 18 women's). It has 317 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina and west to Illinois. Most or all members belong to at least one other athletic conference.
The ECAC was founded as the Central Office for Eastern Intercollegiate Athletics in 1938, largely thanks to the efforts of James Lynah of Cornell University. In 1983, the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) was consolidated into the ECAC. Most member schools are in other conferences as well, but through the ECAC are able to participate in sports that their other conference does not offer. Its headquarters are located in Centerville, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.
The mission of the ECAC shall be to initiate, stimulate and improve intercollegiate athletics programs for student-athletes, and to promote and develop educational leadership, athletics excellence and athletics participation.
The ECAC shall:
1. Understand, respect and support programs and philosophies of each member;
2. Assist and involve all constituents in developing and maintaining consistent, equitable competitive opportunities;
3. Develop and implement the best possible programs and services (championships, officiating, public relations, etc.) for the membership; and
4. Promote college athletics in general, and specifically, highlight stories about its membership, student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
The ECAC shall be a leader, either as a primary or secondary provider, of services to its member conferences and institutions to achieve the mission.
As of March 2010, there are 88 Division I members.
As of March 2010, there are 17 Division II members.
As of March 2010, there are 186 Division III members.
The ECAC is also affiliated with various single-sport leagues:
- Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
- Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges
- Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League
- Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association
- Intercollegiate Fencing Association
- Intercollegiate Rowing Association
- Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes in America
The ECAC consists of 21 different collegiate sports: cross country (Men's & Women's), field hockey (W), football (M), golf (M&W), soccer (M&W), tennis (M&W), volleyball (M&W), water polo (M&W), basketball (M&W), bowling (W), fencing (M&W), gymnastics (M&W), ice hockey (M&W), swimming and diving (M&W), synchronized swimming (W), indoor track and field (M&W), wrestling (M), baseball (M), lacrosse (M&W), softball (W), and outdoor track and field (M&W).
Swimming and diving
- See footnote
In 2010, the swimming and diving championships included 21 men's teams and 24 women's teams.
- Robbins Scholar-Athletes
- Award of Merit (for student-athletes)
- Award of Valor (for student-athletes)
- ECAC Rowing Trophy
- ECAC Hockey (not affiliated with the ECAC)
- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, a similar Division I conference in the western U.S.
- Membership. Eastern College Athletic Conference official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- About the ECAC: Mission Statement. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Membership: Division I (88 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Membership: Division II (17 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Membership: Division III (186 Members). ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Affiliates. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Men's Swimming & Diving: Past Champions. ECAC Sports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- "Navy and Marist take home 2010 ECAC Open Swimming and Diving Championship Titles". ECAC Sports.com. February 28, 2010. http://www.ecacsports.com/sports/winter/mswimdive/Championships/DivisionI/2009-10/2010_open_swim_and_dive. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- Membership: Awards. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: Robbins Scholar-Athletes. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: Appreciation and Merit Awards. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: Award of Valor. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- ECAC Awards and Honors: ECAC Rowing Trophy. ECAC official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.