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East Coast Conference

Conference logo.

The East Coast Conference, not to be confused with the current NCAA Division II conference of the same name, was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference. It was founded as the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) in 1958. MAC had both a University Division and a College Division. In 1974, the larger schools in MAC formed the East Coast Conference. In 1994, it was absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference, though Hofstra instead decided to join the North Atlantic Conference (now known as the America East Conference). None of the ECC schools which joined the Mid-Continent Conference (now The Summit League) are still in the conference today.

According to the Middle Atlantic Conferences' web site,[1] the East Coast Conference was not a successor to the MAC. 11 of the 12 University Division members left to form the original ECC in 1974, but the organization continued as an NCAA Division III conference when the NCAA adopted a division structure.

"June 4–6, 1974 - The first major schism to be focused on this study occurs when the MAC University Division, with 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."

Current 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 Centennial (NCAA D-III)
La Salle University 1958–1959 1991–1992 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Atlantic 10
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 Centennial (NCAA D-III)
Rutgers University–New Brunswick 1958–1959 1961–1962 Big Ten
Saint Joseph's University 1958–1959 1981–1982 Atlantic 10 Atlantic 10
Temple University 1958–1959 1981–1982 Atlantic 10 The American

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 CUNYAC (NCAA D-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 WAC
Hofstra University 1965–1966 1993–1994 America East 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 of Pennsylvania 1969–1970 1981–1982 PSAC (NCAA D-II) PSAC

Two former members have changed their names since leaving the ECC:

  • Towson State is now Towson University.
  • Troy State is now Troy University.

Champions

Men's basketball

Regular season

  • 1959 St. Joseph’s
  • 1960 St. Joseph’s
  • 1961 St. Joseph’s
  • 1962 St. Joseph’s
  • 1963 St. Joseph’s
  • 1964 Temple
  • 1965 St. Joseph’s
  • 1966 St. Joseph’s
  • 1967 Temple
  • 1968 La Salle
  • 1969 Temple
  • 1970 St. Joseph’s (East)/Rider (West)/Lehigh (West)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1971 St. Joseph’s (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1972 Temple (East)/Rider (West)
  • 1973 St. Joseph’s (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1974 St. Joseph’s (East)/La Salle (East)/Rider (West)
  • 1975 American (East)/La Salle (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1976 St. Joseph’s (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1977 Temple (East)/Hofstra (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1978 La Salle (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1979 Temple (East)/Bucknell (West)
  • 1980 St. Joseph’s (East)/Lafayette (West)
  • 1981 American (East)/Lafayette (West)/Rider (West)
  • 1982 Temple (East)/West Chester (West)
  • 1983 American (East)/La Salle (East)/Hofstra (East)/Rider (West)
  • 1984 Bucknell
  • 1985 Bucknell
  • 1986 Drexel
  • 1987 Bucknell
  • 1988 Lafayette
  • 1989 Bucknell
  • 1990 Towson/Hofstra/Lehigh
  • 1991 Towson
  • 1992 Hofstra
  • 1993 DNP
  • 1994 Troy

Conference tournament

  • 1975 La Salle
  • 1976 Hofstra
  • 1977 Hofstra
  • 1978 La Salle
  • 1979 Temple
  • 1980 La Salle
  • 1981 St. Joseph’s
  • 1982 St. Joseph’s
  • 1983 La Salle
  • 1984 Rider
  • 1985 Lehigh
  • 1986 Drexel
  • 1987 Bucknell
  • 1988 Lehigh
  • 1989 Bucknell
  • 1990 Towson
  • 1991 Towson
  • 1992 Towson
  • 1993 DNP
  • 1994 Hofstra

References

  1. "History". http://www.gomacsports.com/documents/2009/12/11/MAC%20History.pdf?tab=history. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
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