New England Collegiate Conference

The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) is an NCAA Division III college athletic conference based in the Northeastern United States.

New England Collegiate Conference
NECC
Established2007
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members10 (9 main members + 1 provisional member)
Sports fielded
  • 16
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 8
RegionNew England
HeadquartersMansfield, Massachusetts
CommissionerJacob VanRyn (since 2019)
Websiteneccathletics.com
Locations

History

In June 2007, nine colleges from New England announced the creation of a new athletic conference under the same NECC name.

The league, which began operations July 1, 2008, as a Division III conference, currently includes Bay Path College (Longmeadow, Mass.), Becker College (Leicester, Mass.), Dean College (Franklin, Mass.), Elms College (Chicopee, Mass.), Lesley University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Mitchell College (New London, Conn.), Newbury College (Brookline, Mass.), Southern Vermont College (Bennington, Vt.), Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, Mass.) and New England College (Henniker, N.H.) as members.

Southern Vermont College and Newbury College both announced they would cease operations after the 2018-19 academic year.[1][2]

Sports

Conference sports
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
Y
Basketball
Y
Y
Cross Country
Y
Y
Field hockey
Y
Golf
Y
Lacrosse
Y
Y
Soccer
Y
Y
Softball
Y
Volleyball
Y
Y

Member schools

Full members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Bay Path University Longmeadow, Massachusetts Wildcats 1897 Private 3,225 2008
Becker College Worcester, Massachusetts Hawks 1784 Private 2,079 2008
Dean College± Franklin, Massachusetts Bulldogs 1865 Private 1,055 2017
Elms College Chicopee, Massachusetts Blazers 1899 Catholic 1,713 2008
Lesley University Cambridge, Massachusetts Lynx 1909 Private 9,625 2008
Mitchell College New London, Connecticut Mariners 1938 Private 1,000 2008
Eastern Nazarene College Quincy, Massachusetts Lions 1900 Private (Nazarene) 1,063 2018
New England College Henniker, New Hampshire Pilgrims 1946 Private 2,000 2018

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports
± - Started four-year provisional NCAA membership in 2017–18
Dean College will leave after the 2019-2020 academic year for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference[3]

Associate members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference NECC Sport
Babson College Wellesley, Massachusetts Beavers 1919 Private 3,200 2009–10 NEWMAC Men's golf
Endicott College Beverly, Massachusetts Gulls 1939 Private 4,600 2011–12 CCC Men's volleyball
Nichols College Dudley, Massachusetts Bison 1815 Private 1,915 2018–19 CCC Men's volleyball
Northern Vermont University–Johnson Johnson, Vermont Badgers 1828[lower-alpha 1] Public 1,333 2019–20 NAC Men's volleyball
Springfield College Springfield, Massachusetts Pride 1885 Private 5,062 2008–09 NEWMAC Men's golf
  1. Northern Vermont University was founded in 2018 by the merger of Johnson State College, founded in 1828, and Lyndon State College, founded in 1911. The two campuses continue to operate separate athletic programs.

Former members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Joined Left Current
Conference
Daniel Webster College Nashua, New Hampshire Eagles 1965 Private 2008 2017 N/A (ceased operations)
Newbury College Brookline, Massachusetts Nighthawks 1962 Private 2008 2019 N/A (ceased operations)
Regis College1 Weston, Massachusetts Pride 1927 Catholic 2011 2017 GNAC
Southern Vermont College Bennington, Vermont Mountaineers 1926 Private 2008 2019 N/A (ceased operations)
Wheelock College Boston, Massachusetts Wildcats 1888 Private 2008 2018 N/A (merged with Boston University)

Membership timeline

References

  1. Therrien, Jim (March 4, 2019). "Shock as Southern Vermont College announces closing". Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  2. Krantz, Laura; Fernandes, Deirdre (December 14, 2018). "Newbury College to shut down in the spring". Boston Globe.
  3. https://www.thegnac.com/general/2019-20/releases/20190709m6sfsz
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