East Coast Conference

The East Coast Conference (ECC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut and New York, as well as the District of Columbia.

East Coast Conference
DivisionDivision II
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
RegionNortheastern United States
HeadquartersCentral Islip, New York
CommissionerRobert Dranoff (since 2008)


The East Coast Conference was founded in 1989 as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference. Its charter members included:

Other members that joined were:

The ECC has become a lacrosse powerhouse, seeing six ECC teams win the Division II Men's Lacrosse championship over the past 10 years. In addition, at least 1 ECC team has competed in 13 the last 14 championship games. Recent ECC champions include Adelphi (1998, 1999, 2001), C.W. Post (1996, 2006 Tri-Champion), Dowling College (2006 Tri-Champion), NYIT (1997, 2003, 2005, 2008), and Mercyhurst College (2006 Tri-Champion, 2007)

Two changes to the conference membership were announced in the fall of 2018. First, it was announced on October 3, 2018 that Long Island University would unite its two athletic programs—the Division II LIU Post program and Division I program at LIU Brooklyn—into a single Division I program under the overall university name effective in 2019–20.[1] Second, it was announced on December 7, 2018 that beginning with the 2020 season (2019–20 school year), Frostburg State University will join the conference as an associate member in men's lacrosse, contingent on being accepted into Division II by the NCAA.[2]

The next change in conference membership was announced in March 2019, when the College of Staten Island (CSI), preparing to begin a transition from NCAA Division III, was accepted as a member effective with the 2019–20 school year.[3] The following August, Tusculum University was announced as a bowling affiliate, also effective in 2019–20.[4]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, Connecticut 1927 5,543 Purple Knights           2000
Daemen College Amherst, New York 1947 2,100 Wildcats           2013
University of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C. 1851 5,471 Firebirds           2011
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, New York 1950 10,000 Mavericks           1989
Molloy College Rockville Centre, New York 1955 3,533 Lions           1989
New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, New York 1955 12,755 Bears           1989
Queens College Flushing, New York 1937 17,639 Knights           1989
Roberts Wesleyan College North Chili, New York 1866 2,000 Redhawks           2012
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York 1952 2,400 Spartans           2000
College of Staten Island Staten Island, New York 1956 13,798 Dolphins           2019
  • Reclassifying member in yellow.

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Adelphi University Garden City, New York 1896 8,110 Panthers           2015[lower-alpha 1] bowling Northeast-10
Felician University Rutherford, New Jersey 1923 2,109 Golden Falcons           2015 bowling Central Atlantic
Frostburg State University[lower-alpha 2] Frostburg, Maryland 1898 5,215 Bobcats           2019 lacrosse (M) Mountain East
Georgian Court University Lakewood, New Jersey 1908 3,153 Lions           2012
track & field indoor (M);
track & field indoor (W)[lower-alpha 3]
Central Atlantic
Holy Family University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1954 2,100 Tigers           2016 track & field indoor (M);
track & field indoor (W)
Central Atlantic
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1866 10,634 Golden Bears           2015 bowling Pennsylvania State
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee 1897 2,579 Railsplitters           2016 bowling South Atlantic
Salem University Salem, West Virginia 1888 835 Tigers           2016 bowling Independent
Tusculum University Tusculum, Tennessee 1794 2,053 Pioneers           2019 bowling South Atlantic
  1. Adelphi was a full ECC member from 1989 to 2009.
  2. Currently reclassifying from NCAA Division III.
  3. Georgian Court was also an affiliate in women's outdoor track & field in the 2012–13 school year.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Concordia College Bronxville, New York 1881 Clippers 1989 2009 Central Atlantic
Dowling College Oakdale, New York 1963 Golden Lions 1989 2016 Closed in 2016
Long Island University–Post Brookville, New York 1954 Pioneers 1989 2019 Merged[lower-alpha 1]
University of New Haven West Haven, Connecticut 1920 Chargers 2002 2008 Northeast-10
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 Highlanders 1997 2000 Atlantic Sun
Pace University New York City, New York 1906 Setters 1989 1997 Northeast-10
Philadelphia University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Rams 1991 2005 Central Atlantic
College of Saint Rose Albany, New York 1920 Golden Knights 1991 2000 Northeast-10
Southampton College of Long Island University Southampton, New York 1963 Colonials 1989 2005 Closed in 2005
  1. Long Island University merged the LIU Post athletic program with the Division I program of its Brooklyn campus after the 2018–19 school year. The new athletic program, competing as the LIU Sharks, inherited Brooklyn's memberships in Division I and the Northeast Conference.

Former affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Sport Primary
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1924 Griffins 2009 2017 lacrosse (M) Central Atlantic
Dominican College Orangeburg, New York 1952 Chargers 2006 2017 lacrosse (M) Central Atlantic
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 Ravens 2015 2018 bowling Northeast-10
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio 1856 Storm 2009 2012 lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
Great Midwest
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 Lakers 2005 2012 lacrosse (M) Pennsylvania State
Seton Hill University Greensburg, Pennsylvania 1883 Griffins 2009 2012 lacrosse (M);
lacrosse (W)
Pennsylvania State
Wheeling Jesuit University[lower-alpha 1] Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Cardinals 2009 2012 lacrosse (M) Mountain East
  1. Known as Wheeling University since 2019.

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 


The East Coast Conference sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in the following sports:

Conference sports
Cross CountryYY
Track & Field IndoorYY
Track & Field OutdoorYY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
& Field
Bridgeport Y Y Y Y 4
Daemen Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
District of Columbia Y Y Y Y 4
Mercy Y Y Y Y 4
Molloy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
New York Tech Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Queens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Roberts Wesleyan Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
St. Thomas Aquinas Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Staten Island Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Totals 7 10 8 7 10 7 6 6 61
Affiliate Members
Frostburg State Y 1
Georgian Court Y 1
Holy Family Y 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Bowling [lower-alpha 1] Cross
Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
& Field
Volleyball Total
Bridgeport Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Daemen Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
District of Columbia Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Mercy Y Y Y Y Y 5
Molloy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
New York Tech Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Queens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Roberts Wesleyan Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
St. Thomas Aquinas Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Staten Island Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Totals 10 3 9 8 9 7 8 7 7 8 76
Affiliate Members
Adelphi Y 1
Felician Y 1
Georgian Court Y 1
Holy Family Y 1
Kutztown Y 1
Lincoln Memorial Y 1
Salem Y 1
Tusculum Y 1
  1. De facto Division I sport. The NCAA sponsors a single national bowling championship open to members of all three divisions.

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Football Golf Swimming
& Diving
Volleyball [lower-alpha 1] Wrestling Fencing [lower-alpha 1] Field
Golf Gymnastics [lower-alpha 1] Swimming
& Diving
Daemen IND IND
Mercy ECAC
Molloy IND
Roberts Wesleyan IND IND IND
St. Thomas Aquinas CSFL IND IND
Staten Island METS METS
  1. De facto Division I sport. The NCAA conducts a combined Division I/II championship in men's volleyball, and a single championship open to members of all three divisions in fencing and women's gymnastics.


  1. "Long Island University Announces Unification Into One LIU Division I Program" (Press release). LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. "ECC Adds Frostburg State University as Men's Lacrosse Associate Members". Frostburg State University Athletics (Press release). West Babylon, New York: East Coast Conference. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  3. "ECC Accepts College of Staten Island as League's 10th Member" (Press release). East Coast Conference. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  4. "Tusculum Joins ECC as Women's Bowling Associate Member" (Press release). East Coast Conference. August 23, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
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