Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
U.S. college athletic conference
Top 3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference related articles
- 1 History
- 2 Member institutions
- 3 Sports
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Basketball
- 6 Baseball
- 7 Soccer
- 8 Swimming and diving
- 9 Cross country
- 10 Notable sports figures
- 11 References
- 12 External links
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference|
|Region||Northeastern United States|
|Headquarters||Edison, New Jersey|
|Commissioner||Richard J. Ensor (since 1988)|
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC, //) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with NCAA Division I, consisting of eleven schools located in three states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
Members are all relatively small private institutions, a majority Catholic or formerly Catholic, with the only exceptions being three secular institutions: Rider University and the conference's two newest members, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.
The MAAC currently sponsors 23 sports and is also home to 17 associate member institutions.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Intro articles: 6
The conference was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U.S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College, and Saint Peter's College. Competition officially began the next year, in the sports of men’s cross-country and men’s soccer.
Competition in men's and women's basketball began in the 1981–1982 season. In 1982, Saint Peter's was the first women's team to represent the MAAC in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. In 1984, the MAAC received an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where Iona was the first team to represent the MAAC on the men's side.
The conference currently possesses 15 automatic bids to NCAA Championships. In 2012–13, the MAAC became eligible for its 15th NCAA Championship automatic bid when women's rowing fulfilled the qualifying requirements.
The league added football in 1993, but discontinued it following the 2007 season.
From 1997 to 2003, the MAAC sponsored ice hockey. At that time, the hockey league split from the MAAC and changed its name to Atlantic Hockey. Also, Marist College and Rider University moved the majority of their intercollegiate athletic programs to the MAAC in 1997 with the intent that the MAAC would enhance media exposure and competition for their men's and women's Division I basketball programs.
In September 2011, the conference announced the launch of MAAC.TV, the league's first broadband network.
In March 2012, for the first time in 16 years, the MAAC had two teams advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, with Loyola earning the league's automatic bid and Iona garnering an at-large bid.
In July 2013, Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University joined the MAAC to replace Loyola University Maryland, departing to the Patriot League. Also in 2013, the MAAC announced that it would add field hockey with league play set to begin in the 2013–14 academic year. However, field hockey was dropped after the 2018 season with the MAAC field hockey league was effectively taken over by the Northeast Conference, which reinstated the sport the following year. The conference decided to no longer host a conference championship for men's rowing after the 2016 season, which is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
Over the conference's history, MAAC teams have achieved national acclaim in many sports. In the summer of 2002, the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2007, the Marist women's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. The Red Foxes have recorded five NCAA wins since their run in 2007. In the fall of 2011, the Iona men's cross country team finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championship race, extending the Gaels' streak to 10 straight Top 10 national finishes. In basketball, MAAC teams have made a total of 80 NIT appearances and 50 NCAA basketball tournament appearances.
Notable MAAC student athletes include Mary Beth Riley, a 1991 graduate of Canisius, who was the first recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Erin Whalen, a member of the Iona women's rowing team who in the fall of 1998 was awarded one of the nation's 32 Rhodes Scholarships for academic achievement and civic leadership.
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Current member institutions
Full member institutions
The MAAC currently has 11 member institutions.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Joined||Type||Enrollment||Endowment||U.S. News Ranking||Nickname||Colors|
|Canisius College||Buffalo, New York||1870||1989||Private||3,244||$133,900,000||19
|Fairfield University||Fairfield, Connecticut||1942||1981||Private||5,273||$331,900,000||3
|Iona College||New Rochelle, New York||1940||1981||Private||3,926||$143,700,000||56
|Manhattan College||Riverdale, New York||1853||1981||Private||4,132||$100,600,000||13
|Jaspers and Lady Jaspers|
|Marist College||Poughkeepsie, New York||1929||1997||Private||6,624||$297,600,000||10
|Monmouth University||West Long Branch, New Jersey||1933||2013||Private||6,167||$101,000,000||28
|Niagara University||Lewiston, New York||1856||1989||Private||3,765||$102,400,000||32
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, Connecticut||1929||2013||Private||10,207||$526,600,000||153
|Rider University||Lawrenceville, New Jersey||1865||1997||Private||4,825||$64,300,000||38
|Saint Peter's University||Jersey City, New Jersey||1872||1981||Private||3,452||$34,400,000||86
|Siena College||Loudonville, New York||1937||1989||Private||3,224||$135,300,000||16
Associate member institutions
Departing members in red.
- Detroit Mercy men's lacrosse will join the ASUN Conference after the 2021 season.
- The LIU athletic program, created with the 2019 merger of the athletic programs that previously represented the school's Brooklyn and Post campuses, bases some sports at the Brooklyn campus and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York. LIU's current MAAC sport of women's water polo operates from Brooklyn.
- Includes enrollment at both the Brooklyn and Post campuses. All LIU sports are open to undergraduates at both campuses who meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
Former member institutions
Former full member institutions
|United States Military Academy
|West Point, New York||1802||1981||1990||Federal||4,491||Black Knights||Patriot|
|Fordham University||Bronx, New York||1841||1981||1990||Private||16,515||Rams||Atlantic 10|
|College of the Holy Cross||Worcester, Massachusetts||1843||1983||1990||Private||3,128||Crusaders||Patriot|
|La Salle University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1863||1983||1992||Private||5,191||Explorers||Atlantic 10|
|Loyola University Maryland||Baltimore, Maryland||1852||1989||2013||Private||5,670||Greyhounds||Patriot|
Former associate member institutions
- For former associates in men's ice hockey, see Atlantic Hockey
|Institution||Location||Founded||Joined||Left||Type||Enrollment||Nickname||Current Conference||MAAC Sport(s)|
|Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts||1839||2009–10||2012–13||Private||34,657||Terriers||Patriot League||women's golf|
|Bryant University[a]||Smithfield, Rhode Island||1863||2013–14||2018–19||Private||3,788||Bulldogs||Northeast||field hockey|
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||2012–13||2012–13||Private||5,506||Bulldogs||Big East||women's golf|
|Colgate University||Hamilton, New York||1819||1989–90||1989–90||Private||2,969||Raiders||Patriot||baseball|
|Duquesne University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||1878||1994–95fb.
|Private||9,274||Dukes||Atlantic 10 (Northeast for football)||football, women's lacrosse|
|Georgetown University||Washington, D.C.||1789||1993–94||1999–2000||Private||19,204||Hoyas||Big East (Patriot for football)||football|
|Jacksonville University[b]||Jacksonville, Florida||1934||2010–11||2012–13||Private||4,213||Dolphins||ASUN (SoCon for men's lacrosse)||men's lacrosse|
|La Salle University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1863||1999-2000||2007-08||Private||5,191||Explorers||Atlantic 10 (discontinued)||football|
|Le Moyne College||Syracuse, New York||1946||1989–90bs.
(NCAA Division II)
|LIU Brooklyn[c]||Brooklyn, New York||1926||2016–17||2018–19||Private||15,197||Blackbirds[d]||Northeast||field hockey|
|Marist College[e]||Poughkeepsie, New York||1929||1995–96m.lax.
|Private||6,624||Red Foxes||MAAC||men's lacrosse,|
men's swimming & diving,
women's swimming & diving
|Mount St. Mary's University||Emmitsburg, Maryland||1808||1995–96m.lax,
|Providence College||Providence, Rhode Island||1917||1995–96||2008–09||Private||4,922||Friars||Big East||men's lacrosse|
|Quinnipiac University[e]||Hamden, Connecticut||1929||1998–99||2000–01||Private||10,207||Bobcats||MAAC||men's lacrosse|
|Rider University[e]||Lawrenceville, New Jersey||1865||1996–97m.gf
men's swimming & diving,
women's swimming & diving
|Robert Morris University[f]||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||1921||2013–14||2013–14||Private||4,895||Colonials||Horizon (discontinued)||field hockey|
|Sacred Heart University||Fairfield, Connecticut||1963||1999–2000m.lax.
|Saint Joseph's University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1851||1996–97||2009–10||Private||7,589||Hawks||Atlantic 10 (Northeast for men's lacrosse)||men's lacrosse|
|St. John's University||Queens, New York||1870||1993–94||1998–99||Private||21,643||Red Storm||Big East (discontinued)||football|
|Virginia Military Institute[g]||Lexington, Virginia||1839||2002–03||2012–13||Public||1,685||Keydets||SoCon||men's lacrosse|
|Wagner College||Staten Island, New York||1883||1999–2000m.lax,
- Bryant remains an affiliate in men's swimming & diving.
- Jacksonville remains an affiliate in men's and women's rowing.
- After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University merged the athletic programs of its Brooklyn and Post campuses into a single Division I program that now competes as the LIU Sharks. The unified program inherited all of LIU Brooklyn's memberships.
- Replaced by the LIU Sharks.
- Marist, Rider, and Quinnipiac are now full MAAC members.
- Robert Morris remains an affiliate in women's rowing.
- VMI remains an affiliate in women's water polo.
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The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 13 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track and Field (Indoor)|
|Track and Field (Outdoor)|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|School||Baseball||Basketball||Cross Country||Golf||Lacrosse||Rowing[a]||Soccer||Swimming||Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
|Total MAAC Sports|
- Men's rowing is not sanctioned by the NCAA, instead being governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
- Fairfield's men's lacrosse team does not participate in the MAAC; it currently plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.
- Affiliate members Detroit Mercy and St. Bonaventure, with Detroit Mercy leaving for the ASUN Conference after the 2021 season.
- Affiliate member Jacksonville.
- Affiliate member Bryant.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools:
|School||Football||Ice Hockey||Sailing||Water Polo||Wrestling|
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Golf||Lacrosse||Rowing||Soccer||Softball||Swimming||Tennis||Track & Field
|Track & Field
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which are played by MAAC schools:
|Bowling||Field Hockey||Ice Hockey||Rugby[d]||Sailing[e]|
- Affiliate members Albany, Dayton, Hartford, and La Salle.
- Affiliate members Drake, Jacksonville, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, and Stetson.
- Affiliate members La Salle, LIU, St. Francis Brooklyn, Villanova, VMI, and Wagner.
- Currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
- Not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.