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Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference
Established2016
AssociationNAIA & USCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members5
Sports fielded13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
HeadquartersDelhi, New York
CommissionerMeg Schebler (since 2017)
Websitewww<wbr/>.niacsports<wbr/>.com

The Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference is a college athletic conference which holds dual affiliation with the NAIA and USCAA. Member institutions are located in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont in the United States.

HistoryEdit

The NIAC's earlier ancestor was the Sunrise Athletic Conference (SAC), which was formed in 2002 when the Maine Athletic Conference and the Mayflower Conference disbanded in the spring of 2002. Both of these conferences were NAIA conferences of long standing.[1] The conference membership held steady with nine members until Paul Smith's College and Lyndon State College left in 2010, dropping SAC membership to seven. The conference disbanded in 2011 when the College of St. Joseph, Vermont Technical College and University of Maine at Machias left the conference and NAIA for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Yankee Small College Conference.[2][3] The University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and SUNY-Canton then left with no regional NAIA competition to become independents in the USCAA.[3] In addition, UM-Presque Isle transitioned to being an independent member of NCAA Division III, while SUNY Canton was accepted into the transition process to move from NAIA to NCAA D-III.[4] Fisher College joined the American Mideast Conference but that conference disbanded in 2012 when many of the members left for NCAA Division II.[3][5]

The Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference was announced in 2016 with a start date set for the 2017-18 academic year. The NIAC due to the lack of conference homes for several independent members of the NAIA as well as USCAA in the New York and New England region.[6] In October 2016 it was announced that five charter members would form the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.[6]

The NIAC's charter members include College of St. Joseph, Fisher College, State University of New York at Delhi, University of Maine–Fort Kent, and Villa Maria College. St. Joseph, Maine-Fort Kent, and Villa Maria are all members of the USCAA, while Fisher College is a member of the NAIA.[6][7] SUNY-Delhi held dual membership in both the NAIA and USCAA until 2017 when it left the NIAC and joined the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association in NCAA D-III.[8] St. Joseph left in 2018 to stay exclusively in the USCAA.

Green Mountain College, which joined the NIAC in 2018, will leave the conference after the 2019 semester when the college announced its closure that year following financial difficulties.[9][10]

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Fisher College Boston, Massachusetts 1903 2,560 Falcons 2016
Green Mountain College Poultney, Vermont 1834 710 Eagles 2018
University of Maine–Fort Kent Fort Kent, Maine 1878 1,557 Bengals 2016
Penn State Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 1934 940 Nittany Lions 2018
Washington Adventist University Takoma Park, Maryland 1904 1,493 Shock 2018

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
College of St. Joseph Rutland, Vermont 1956 Fighting Saints 2016 2018 Yankee (USCAA)
SUNY-Delhi Delhi, New York 1913 Broncos 2016 2017 ACAA
(NCAA D-III)
Villa Maria College Buffalo, New York 1961 Vikings 2016 2018 USCAA

SportsEdit

Conference sports
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 13pxY
Basketball 13pxY 13pxY
Cross Country 13pxY 13pxY
Golf 13pxY 13pxY
Soccer 13pxY 13pxY
Softball 13pxY
Tennis 13pxY 13pxY
Volleyball 13pxY

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://naia.cstv.com/member-services/conferences/profiles/NAIA_ConferenceProfile_Sunrise.pdf
  2. Hawkins, Gary (June 30, 2011). "COLLEGE: UMA adds 3 sports". Kennebec Journal. http://www.kjonline.com/sports/uma-adds-3-sports_2011-06-29.html. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mahoney, Larry (June 17, 2011). "UMFK, UMPI, UMM leave NAIA for new association". Bangor Daily News. http://bangordailynews.com/2011/06/17/sports/umfk-umpi-umm-leave-naia-for-new-association/. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  4. Brown, Gary (June 30, 2011). "DIII Membership Committee recommends four new active members". NCAA. https://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2011/june/diii+membership+committee+recommends+four+new+active+members. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  5. "UMFK adds new sports and joins NAIA". Sun Community News. Apr 18, 2017. http://www.wagmtv.com/content/sports/UMFK-adds-new-sports-and-joins-NAIA-419768034.html. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Unique Dual-Association Athletics Conference Established". NAIA. November 9, 2016. http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=211284129. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  7. "College joins new athletic conference". Sun Community News. November 21, 2016. http://www.suncommunitynews.com/sports/college-joins-new-athletic-conference/. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  8. "SUNY Delhi Accepted Into ACAA". ACAA.org. July 10, 2017. http://www.goacaa.org/general/2017-18/releases/Delhi.
  9. "Green Mountain College to close by end of semester". Rutland Herald. January 23, 2019. https://www.rutlandherald.com/news/local/green-mountain-college-to-close-by-end-of-semester/article_fa2e0e3c-e7c7-5edf-9f34-0f0b233bbc90.html.
  10. Fleishman, Scott (January 23, 2019). "Green Mountain College to close in spring". https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Green-Mountain-College-to-close-in-spring-504766532.html.

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