East_Coast_Conference_(Division_I)

East Coast Conference (Division I)

The East Coast Conference was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference. It was founded as the Middle Atlantic Conference in 1958. In 1974, the name was changed to the East Coast Conference. In 1994, it was absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference, though Hofstra instead decided to join the North Atlantic Conference. None of the ECC schools which joined the Mid-Con (now The Summit League) are still in the conference today.

According to the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation's web site (http://www.mascac.org/history.html), the East Coast Conference was not a part of the MAC. 11 of the 12 University Division members left to form the original ECC in 1974.

"June 4-6, 1974 - The first major schism to be focused on this study occurs when the MAC University Division, comprised of 12 members, loses 11 members who leave to form their own conference (East Coast Conference). American, Bucknell, Delaware, Drexel, Lafayette, La Salle, Lehigh, Rider, St. Joseph's, Temple and West Chester all leave. Gettysburg, which opts to join the College Division, is the only University Division institution to remain."

Founding Members

Institution First Year Last Year Next Conference Current Conference
Bucknell University 1958-1959 1989-1990 Patriot League Patriot League
University of Delaware 1958-1959 1990-1991 North Atlantic CAA
Drexel University 1958-1959 1990-1991 North Atlantic CAA
Gettysburg College 1958-1959 1973-1974 Division III
Lafayette College 1958-1959 1989-1990 Patriot League Patriot League
Lehigh University 1958-1959 1989-1990 Patriot League Patriot League
Muhlenberg College 1958-1959 1963-1964 Division III
Rutgers University 1958-1959 1961-1962 Big East
Saint Joseph's University 1958-1959 1981-1982 Atlantic Ten Atlantic Ten
Temple University 1958-1959 1981-1982 Atlantic Ten Atlantic Ten

Former Members

Institution First Year Last Year Next Conference Current Conference
American University 1965-1966 1983-1984 CAA Patriot League
Brooklyn College 1991-1992 1991-1992 Division III
University at Buffalo 1991-1992 1993-1994 Mid-Continent MAC
Central Connecticut State University 1990-1991 1993-1994 Mid-Continent Northeast
Chicago State University 1993-1994 1993-1994 Mid-Continent Independent
Hofstra University 1965-1966 1993-1994 North Atlantic CAA
University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1990-1991 1991-1992 Big South America East
Northeastern Illinois University 1993-1994 1993-1994 Mid-Continent Dropped Athletics
Rider University 1966-1967 1991-1992 Northeast MAAC
Towson State University 1982-1983 1991-1992 Big South CAA
Troy State University 1993-1994 1993-1994 Mid-Continent Sun Belt
West Chester University 1969-1970 1981-1982 Division II Division II

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