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Northeast Conference
Established: 1981
Northeast Conference logo

NCAA Division I FCS
Members 12
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 9; women's: 13)
Region Northeast
Headquarters Somerset, New Jersey
Commissioner Vacant
Northeast Conference locations

The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a college athletic conference whose schools are members of the NCAA. The NCAA designates the Northeast Conference to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision for Division I Men's Football (formerly Division I-AA) and to Division I Sports for all other sports.

Founded in 1981 as the ECAC-Metro Conference, member schools changed the conference name beginning in 1989. Participating schools come from the northeastern United States.

The Northeast Conference has expanded seven times since 1981. The expansions were in 1985, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2008. The additions from the original charter members were Monmouth, Mount Saint Mary's, Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Bryant.

The Northeast Conference has a total of twelve members in 22 championship sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. Men's lacrosse will become the league’s 23rd sport by the 2011 season.[1] There are also nine affiliate members that compete in football, field hockey, and women's bowling. The Northeast Conference's ranks increased to 12 in 2008 with the addition of Bryant University. Although Bryant is already in the conference it will not be a core member, a member with voting rights, until the 2012 season.[2]



There are a total of twenty institutions that compete in the Northeast Conference twelve full-time member schools and nine affiliate member schools:


Full members

Locations of current Northeast Conference full member institutions.
Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Nickname
Bryant University Smithfield, RI 1863 Private 5,082 2008 Bulldogs
Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT 1849 Public 12,233 1997 Blue Devils
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ 1942 Private 12,158 1981 Knights
Long Island University Brooklyn, NY 1926 Private 24,170 1981 Blackbirds
Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ 1933 Private 7,440 1985 Hawks
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, MD 1808 Catholic 2,373 1989 Mountaineers
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1929 Private 8,520 1998 Bobcats
Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA 1921 Private 5,464 1981 Colonials
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT 1963 Catholic 6,938 1999 Pioneers
St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY 1858 Catholic 2,953 1981 Terriers
Saint Francis University Loretto, PA 1847 Catholic 2,618 1981 Red Flash
Wagner College Staten Island, NY 1883 Lutheran 2,275 1981 Seahawks

† - Bryant University becomes a core-member in 2012. They were granted voting rights in 2009, and began eligibility for certain conference championships in 2009.


Institution Mascot Location Conference Affiliation Enrollment Sport
Adelphi University Panthers Garden City, New York Northeast 10 Private 8,530 Women's Bowling
University at Albany Great Danes Albany, New York America East Public 17,040 Football
Duquesne University Dukes Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Atlantic 10 Catholic 10,184 Football
Lock Haven University Bald Eagles Lock Haven, Pennsylvania PSAC Public 5,500 Field Hockey
Kutztown University Golden Bears Kutztown, Pennsylvania PSAC Public 10,193 Women's Bowling
New Jersey City University Gothic Knights Jersey City, New Jersey NJAC Public 8,300 Women's Bowling
Rider University Broncs Lawrenceville, New Jersey MAAC Private 5,039 Field Hockey
Saint Peter's College Peacocks Jersey City, New Jersey MAAC Catholic 3,700 Women's Bowling
Siena College Saints Loudonville, New York MAAC Catholic 3,705 Field Hockey

Former members

Institution Affiliation Years New Conference Classification
Towson University Charter Member 1981–1982 CAA NCAA Division I
Siena College Charter Member 1981–1984 MAAC NCAA Division I
Loyola College Charter Member 1981–1989 MAAC NCAA Division I
Marist College Charter Member 1981–1997 MAAC NCAA Division I
Rider University Full Member 1992–1997 MAAC NCAA Division I
UMBC Full Member 1998–2003 America East NCAA Division I

Memership timeline

Men's basketball champions

Season Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion
1982 Fairleigh Dickinson (12–3) Robert Morris
1983 Robert Morris (12–2) Robert Morris
1984 Long Island (11–5) Long Island
1985 Marist (11–3) Fairleigh Dickinson
1986 Fairleigh Dickinson (13–3) Marist
1987 Marist (15–1) Marist
1988 Fairleigh Dickinson (13–3) Fairleigh Dickinson
1989 Robert Morris (12–4) Robert Morris
1990 Robert Morris (12–4) Robert Morris
1991 St. Francis (PA) (13–3) St. Francis (PA)
1992 Robert Morris (12–4) Robert Morris
1993 Rider (14–4) Rider
1994 Rider (14–4) Rider
1995 Rider (13–5) Mount Saint Mary's
1996 Mount Saint Mary's (16–2) Monmouth
1997 Long Island (15–3) Long Island
1998 Long Island (14–2) Fairleigh Dickinson
1999 UMBC (17–3) Mount Saint Mary's
2000 Central Connecticut St. (15–3) Central Connecticut St.
2001 St. Francis (NY) (16–4) Monmouth
2002 Central Connecticut St. (19–1) Central Connecticut St.
2003 Wagner (14–4) Wagner
2004 Monmouth (12–6) Monmouth
2005 Monmouth (14–4) Fairleigh Dickinson
2006 Fairleigh Dickinson (14–4) Monmouth
2007 Central Connecticut St. (16–2) Central Connecticut St.
2008 Robert Morris (16–2) Mount Saint Mary's
2009 Robert Morris (15-3) Robert Morris
2010 Quinnipiac (15-3) Robert Morris

Tournament championships by school

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
Robert Morris 7 2010
Fairleigh Dickinson 4 2005
Monmouth 4 2006
Mount St. Mary's 3 2008
Central Connecticut St. 3 2007
Long Island 2 1997
Marist 2 1987
Rider 2 1994
St. Francis (PA) 1 1991
Wagner 1 2003
  • Former member of NEC

Football champions

Football Champions

  • 1996 — Robert Morris
  • 1997 — Robert Morris
  • 1998 — Monmouth
  • 1999 — Robert Morris
  • 2000 — Robert Morris
  • 2001 — Sacred Heart
  • 2002 — Albany
  • 2003 — Monmouth
  • 2004 — Monmouth
  • 2005 — Central Connecticut State
  • 2006 — Monmouth
  • 2007 — Albany
  • 2008 — Albany
  • 2009 — Central Connecticut State

Most conference championships

4 — Monmouth
4 — Robert Morris
3 — Albany
2 — Central Connecticut State
1 — Sacred Heart
0 — Bryant
0 — Duquesne
0 — Saint Francis (PA)
0 — Wagner

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
Albany University Field 10,000 Does not sponsor basketball in the NEC
Bryant Bulldog Stadium 5,500 Chace Athletic Center 2,700
Central Connecticut Arute Field 3,500 William H. Detrick Gymnasium 3,200
Duquesne Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field 4,500 Does not sponsor basketball in the NEC
Fairleigh Dickinson Does not sponsor football Rothman Center 5,000
LIU Does not sponsor football Athletic, Recreation & Wellness Center 3,000
Monmouth Kessler Field 4,600 Monmouth Univesity Athletic Center (MAC) 4100
Mount St. Mary's Does not sponsor football Knott Arena 3,121
Quinnipiac Does not sponsor football TD Bank Sports Center 3,570
Robert Morris Joe Walton Stadium 3,000 Charles L. Sewall Center 3,056
Sacred Heart Campus Field 4,000 William H. Pitt Center 2,100
St. Francis (NY) Does not sponsor football Pope Physical Education Center 1,200
St. Francis (PA) DeGol Field 3,450 DeGol Arena 3,500
Wagner Wagner College Stadium 4,000 Spiro Sports Center 2,500


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