The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly on the United States‘ eastern seaboard. It also has two member schools in Ohio: Dayton and Xavier, located in Dayton and Cincinnati, respectively. Another member, Saint Louis is located in St. Louis, Missouri. Although some of its members are state-funded, more than half of its membership is made up of private, Catholic institutions. The Atlantic 10 Conference was originally known as the Eastern 8 Conference. Despite the name, there are 15 partial or full-time members: 14 basketball and other sports, and one affiliate member participates in women’s field hockey only. 

Full Members 

The following is a list of the full members of the conference and the year they joined: 

Institution

Location

Founded

 

 

 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

1946

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

1850

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1878

Fordham University

New York City, New York

1841

George Washington University

Washington, D.C.

1821

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1863

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, Massachusetts

1863

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

1892

University of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

1830

St. Bonaventure University

Olean, New York

1856

Saint Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1851

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

1818

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1884

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

1831

 
Associate Members 

The following is a list of the associate members and the sport to which they belong to the conference: 

Women’s field hockey only 

    * West Chester (1996) 

Past members 

    * University of Delaware (football only) (1986-2006)†

    * Hofstra University (football only) (2001-2006)

    * James Madison University (football only) (1993-2006)†

    * University of Maine (football only) (1947-2006)†

    * University of New Hampshire (football only) (1947-2006)†

    * Northeastern University (football only) (1993-2006)†

    * Pennsylvania State University (1976-1979; 1982-1991)

    * University of Pittsburgh (1976-1982)

    * Rutgers University (1976-1995)

    * Towson University (football only) (2004-2006)

    * Villanova University (1976-1980; 1988-2006 football only)†

    * Virginia Tech (1995-2000)

    * West Virginia University (1976-1995)

    * The College of William & Mary (football only) (1993-2006)

Sports sponsored 

There are 21 NCAA sports in the conference 

    * baseball

    * men’s basketball

    * women’s basketball

    * men’s cross country

    * women’s cross country

    * field hockey

    * men’s golf

    * women’s lacrosse

    * men’s indoor track & field

    * women’s indoor track & field

    * men’s outdoor track & field

    * women’s outdoor track & field

    * women’s rowing

    * men’s soccer

    * women’s soccer

    * softball

    * men’s swimming & diving

    * women’s swimming & diving

    * men’s tennis

    * women’s tennis

    * women’s volleyball 

A-10 football 

Origin 

The A-10 began sponsoring football in 1997 when it absorbed the Yankee Conference, a Division I-AA (now known as Division I FCS) football-only conference. The move was triggered by a change in NCAA rules that reduced the influence of single-sport conferences over NCAA legislation. The following schools were in the Yankee Conference at the time of its demise: 

    * Boston University

    * Connecticut

    * Delaware

    * James Madison

    * Maine

    * Massachusetts

    * New Hampshire

    * Northeastern

    * Rhode Island

    * Richmond

    * Villanova

    * William & Mary 

Boston University dropped football after the first season of A-10 football. After the 1999 season, UConn started a transition from Division I-AA to Division I-A football (now Division I FBS) that was completed in 2002. In 2004, UConn, already a member of the Big East for other sports, became a football member of that conference. The other schools all remained in the A-10 football conference until its demise after the 2006 season. 

Demise 

The 2005 move of Northeastern University, a football-only member of the A-10, to the Colonial Athletic Association for basketball and Olympic sports began a chain of events that would lead to the demise of the A-10 football conference. 

At that time, the CAA did not sponsor football, but five of its members in the 2004-05 academic year (Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Towson, and William & Mary) were football members of the A-10. The addition of Northeastern gave the CAA six schools with football programs, which under NCAA rules allows a conference to sponsor football. Northeastern agreed to join any future CAA football conference, which meant that the A-10 football conference would drop to six members once CAA football began operation. 

With six football members in place, the CAA decided to start a football conference in 2007. The league then invited Richmond, which left the CAA in 2001, to rejoin for football only, because of UR’s long-standing in-state rivalries with William & Mary and James Madison. UR accepted the invitation, taking the A-10 football conference below the NCAA minimum of six. Shortly after this, the A-10 football conference opted to disband, with all of its members becoming charter members of the CAA football conference.

Conference facilities

School

Basketball arena

Capacity

Charlotte

Dale F. Halton Arena

9,105

Dayton

University of Dayton Arena

13,409

Duquesne

A.J. Palumbo Center

6,200

Fordham

Rose Hill Gym

3,470

George Washington

Smith Center

5,000

La Salle

Tom Gola Arena

4,000

Massachusetts

Mullins Center

9,349

Rhode Island

Ryan Center

7,657

Richmond

Robins Center

9,171

St. Bonaventure

Reilly Center

6,000

Saint Joseph’s

Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse

3,200

Saint Louis

Men: Scottrade Center

 

 

Women: Bauman-Eberhardt Center

20,000

2,200

 

 

Temple

Liacouras Center

10,206

Xavier

Cintas Center

10,250

 


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