American Football Database
North Coast Athletic Conference
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
RegionGreat Lakes
HeadquartersWestlake, Ohio
CommissionerKeri Alexander Luchowski

The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference composed of colleges located in the Midwestern United States. When founded in 1984, the league was a pioneer in gender equality, offering competition in a then-unprecedented 10 women's sports. Today it remains true to that legacy, sponsoring 22 sports, 11 per gender.

The NCAC is respected for the academic strength of its member institutions — all of which have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. In its most recent college rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized all 10 members as top-tier liberal arts colleges, and ranked five NCAC institutions among the nation's top 70 such colleges.


The formation of the NCAC is announced at joint news conferences in Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh on February 1983. Allegheny College, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster were charter members in 1984, the same year that NCAC athletic conference play began.

In 1988, Earlham College and Wittenberg College accepted invitations to join the NCAC, pushing conference membership to nine schools in three states. The two schools would begin play in the fall of 1989. In 1998, Hiram College, and Wabash College accepted invitations to join the NCAC, pushing conference membership to 10 schools in three states, which both schools began play in the fall of 1999. Case Western Reserve, a charter member of the NCAC, announced that it would leave the NCAC following the 1998-99 academic year. The Spartans would compete on a full-time basis in the University Athletic Association (UAA) after more than a decade of joint conference membership affiliation.

Most recently, Earlham announced that it would depart the NCAC for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), beginning with the 2010-11 season. DePauw University would become the 10th member of the NCAC, beginning in the 2011-12 season.

Member schools

Current members

The league currently has 10 full members:

Institution Location Nickname Colors Founded Type Enrollment US News
ranking [1]
Top Colleges [2]
Allegheny College Meadville, Pennsylvania Gators           1815 Private/Methodist 2,100 #86 #153 1984
Denison University Granville, Ohio Big Red           1831 Private/Non-sectarian 2,100 #49 #109 1984
DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana Tigers           1837 Private/Methodist 2,350 #53 #50 2011
Hiram College Hiram, Ohio Terriers           1850 Private/Disciples of Christ 1,395 #156 #168 1999
Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio Lords (men's)
Ladies (women's)
          1824 Private/Episcopal 1,640 #33 #43 1984
Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio Yeomen (men's)
Yeowomen (women's)
          1833 Private/Non-sectarian 2,850 #24 #72 1984
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio Battling Bishops           1842 Private/Methodist 1,850 #102 #226 1984
Wabash College* Crawfordsville, Indiana Little Giants           1832 Private/Non-sectarian 850 #53 #86 1999
Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio Tigers           1845 Private/Lutheran 2,050 #121 #189 1988
The College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio Fighting Scots           1866 Private/Presbyterian 1,827 #71 #99 1984

* Wabash is an all-male institution, so the NCAC has at most nine teams competing in women's sports.

Former members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio Spartans 1826 Private 9,685 1984 1999 UAA
Earlham College Richmond, Indiana Quakers 1847 Private 1,181 1988 2010 HCAC

Membership timeline

DePauw UniversityWabash CollegeHiram CollegeWittenberg CollegeHeartland Collegiate Athletic ConferenceEarlham CollegeCollege of WoosterOhio Wesleyan UniversityOberlin CollegeKenyon CollegeDenison UniversityUniversity Athletic AssociationCase Western Reserve UniversityAllegheny College

See also

  • Five Colleges of Ohio


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