|Formerly||Trans America Athletic Conference (1978–2001)|
Atlantic Sun Conference (2001–2016)
ASUN Conference (2016–2023)
|Commissioner||Jeff Bacon (since 2023)|
|No. of teams||12|
|Region||Southern United States|
The Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and began sponsoring football at the Division I FCS level in 2022. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978, it was renamed as the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001, and briefly rebranded as the ASUN Conference from 2016 to 2023. The conference still uses "ASUN" as an official abbreviation. The conference headquarters are located in Atlanta.
The conference was first formed on September 19, 1978, as the Trans America Athletic Conference, at the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport Marina Hotel. Its charter members were Oklahoma City University, Pan American University (later renamed University of Texas-Pan American), Northeast Louisiana University (now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe), Houston Baptist University (now Houston Christian University), Hardin-Simmons University, Centenary College of Louisiana, Samford University, and Mercer University, all of whom were previously D-I independents. None of the eight charter members remain in the conference today.
Almost immediately after its formation, the conference experienced a shake-up in its membership. Oklahoma City departed to become a charter member of the Midwestern City Conference (known today as the Horizon League), while UTPA returned to D-I independent status— both had only played a single season in the infant league. The TAAC was quick to replace the outgoing members with Northwestern State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, along with Georgia Southern University in 1980, but this instability would prove to be a trend through the coming years— over the next 20 years, the conference would accept 16 new members, with many of these leaving after only playing a handful of seasons. 1982 saw the departure of another charter member, Northeast Louisiana, to the Southland Conference. Additionally, it saw the arrival of Nicholls State University, who was originally planned to join the TAAC as a full member. However, due to an oversight by the NCAA, adding in a new program who had not competed in Division I for at least 5 years would result in the offending conference forfeiting their automatic bid to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. To get around this, the TAAC announced that Nicholls State would compete as a provisional member, ineligible for the men's basketball tournament until it completed its D-I transition in 1985. However, it, along with Northwestern State, left the conference in 1984 to join the Gulf Star Conference instead.
Expansion, Contraction, and Rebranding
The remainder of the 1980s saw mostly growth for the conference, adding Georgia State University in 1983, Stetson University in 1985, and the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1986. However, near the end of the decade, the conference was hit with 5 departures over 4 consecutive years, beginning with Houston Baptist transitioning to the NAIA in 1989. This was followed by Hardin-Simmons dropping to NCAA Division III in 1990, UTSA and Arkansas-Little Rock leaving for the Southland and Sun Belt conferences in 1991, respectively, and Georgia Southern leaving for the Southern Conference in 1992. In the midst of this, the conference began to relentlessly pursue expansion throughout the 90s to offset these losses, adding Florida International University in 1990, Southeastern Louisiana University and the College of Charleston in 1991, the University of Central Florida in 1992, Florida Atlantic University in 1993, Campbell University in 1994, Jacksonville State University in 1995, Troy State University in 1997, and Jacksonville University in 1998. Of these 9 schools, though, only 2 ended up staying with the conference for longer than 15 years.
The turn of the millennium saw another charter member in Centenary depart in 1999 for the Mid-Continent Conference (now the Summit League); the league was able to offset this with the addition of Belmont University in 2001. Around this same time, the conference sought to rebrand itself, changing its name from the Trans America Athletic Conference to the Atlantic Sun Conference. The newly rebranded A-Sun continued to expand into the 2000s, adding Gardner-Webb University in 2002, Lipscomb University in 2003, East Tennessee State University, Kennesaw State University, and the University of North Florida in 2005, and Florida Gulf Coast University & the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2007. It also lost its fair share of members as well— largely some of the aforementioned members that had been added during the 90s, such as FIU, Florida Atlantic, and Troy to the Sun Belt, Georgia State to the Colonial Athletic Association, and UCF to Conference USA, but it also saw the departure of Samford to the Ohio Valley Conference, leaving Mercer as the only remaining charter member.
The start of the 2010s gave the A-Sun a bit of a reprieve from conference realignment, losing only Campbell and Belmont in 2011 and 2012 to the Big South and OVC, respectively, and only adding recent D-I upgrader Northern Kentucky University in 2012. 2014 saw the departure of its final charter member, Mercer, to the Southern Conference in 2014; however, the Bears continued to compete in the ASUN as an affiliate for beach volleyball, and added men's lacrosse to its ASUN membership in 2022. The A-Sun continued to expand and contract slowly through the mid-2010s, losing only Northern Kentucky and East Tennessee State (along with Mercer), and only adding the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2015.
This slow pace didn't stay for long, however. The second half of the decade saw the conference rebranding a second time, to simply the ASUN Conference Two years later, the University of North Alabama arrived from the Division II Gulf South Conference, and Liberty University left the Big South for the ASUN. More recently, Bellarmine University joined from the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference and NJIT left for the America East Conference in 2020–21.
Failed CCSA Merger
On January 22, 2020, it was announced that the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association and the ASUN would merge to create a new Division I multisport conference. The timeline below was released with the announcement of this merger and expansion plan:
- June, 2023 – ASUN Conference expands to 20 members.
- Before July 1, 2023 – ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA.
- July 1, 2023 – ASUN 7 joins the CCSA. The CCSA adopts the ASUN name as a multisport conference. The 13 remaining members would adopt the name United Athletic Conference.
The ASUN had planned on expanding to 20 members and then splitting the conference similar to how the Original Big East Conference was split in 2013 into the American Athletic Conference and the New Big East Conference. The new ASUN Conference governed by the CCSA would have made up of the ASUN 7 including all of the members that would have been in the ASUN Conference for at least 8 years to meet the requirements for a new multisport conference. The members would have included Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Florida, and Stetson University. The United Athletic Conference (not to be confused with the United Athletic Conference, the football merger between the Western Athletic Conference and the ASUN in 2023) governed by the original ASUN Conference would have included Bellarmine University, Liberty University, University of North Alabama, and ten other undisclosed schools that would have joined through expansion.
On November 16, 2020, The ASUN Conference announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the quickly changing landscape in conference realignment, the creation of a new multisport conference would not be possible at the time of the release or with the aforementioned timeline. This comes after the news that NJIT would be leaving the ASUN for the America East Conference in 2021, weakening the ASUN 7 and lowering the chances that a new conference would be created with only six members.
Addition of Football
Arguably its biggest move in recent years was the announcement that the conference would be adding the University of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky University, and former member Jacksonville State University, as incoming members on January 29, 2021, with the intent of sponsoring football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 2022. However, with these three schools joining in 2021, the league partnered with another conference beginning to sponsor football also in 2022, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), to allow the three teams to join the WAC as football affiliates for 2021, branding it interchangeably as the "ASUN–WAC Challenge" and "WAC–ASUN Challenge"; the two leagues will receive a combined bid to the FCS playoffs.
As soon as it was announced, however, the football league was thrown into jeopardy, as Jacksonville State announced it would be leaving once again in 2023 for Conference USA, an FBS conference. Liberty was also invited to C-USA for 2023, but had already competed as an FBS independent for some time and was not included in the ASUN's new football league. With the WAC also losing Sam Houston, another football-sponsoring school, to C-USA, the two conferences announced they would be renewing their alliance for the 2022 season. On September 17, 2021, the ASUN announced Austin Peay State University, a football-sponsoring school, as a new member for the 2022–23 season. In May 2022, local media in Charlotte, North Carolina, also reported that Queens University of Charlotte would start a transition from the Division II South Atlantic Conference as a new ASUN member, also effective on July 1 of that year. The ASUN officially announced this move on May 10.
The ASUN also expanded its associate membership in the 2020s. The conference started the decade with five associate members—Coastal Carolina in both beach volleyball and women's lacrosse, Mercer in beach volleyball only, and Akron, Kent State, and Howard in women's lacrosse. All of the women's lacrosse associates left by the 2021–22 school year. Akron and Kent State left after the 2020 season when their full-time home of the Mid-American Conference began sponsoring the sport. Coastal Carolina also left after the 2020 season for the SoCon. Howard moved several sports not sponsored by its full-time home of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to the Northeast Conference, with women's lacrosse moving after the 2021 season. Coastal Carolina moved beach volleyball to C-USA after the 2020–21 school year.
However, the 2021–22 school year saw the arrival of eight new associates, as well as the return of former women's lacrosse associates Coastal Carolina and Delaware State for that sport. ASUN beach volleyball added Charleston, Stephen F. Austin, and UNC Wilmington. The largest change in associate membership involved the relaunch of ASUN men's lacrosse. Full member Bellarmine was joined by five new associates—Air Force, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Utah.
The ASUN lost five beach volleyball members for 2022–23. The conference's four associates in that sport left for the Sun Belt Conference (SBC), which added that sport. Charleston, Stephen F. Austin, and UNC Wilmington all left the ASUN after a single season and Mercer also moved beach volleyball to the SBC. Also, departing full member Jacksonville State moved beach volleyball to its future home of C-USA a year before its all-sports move to that league.
Also for 2022–23, Mercer moved men's lacrosse into the ASUN after the SoCon shut down its men's lacrosse league, and new D-I member Lindenwood became an associate in both men's and women's lacrosse.
ESPN reported on December 9, 2022, that the ASUN and WAC had agreed to form a new football-only conference that plans to start play in 2024. The initial membership would consist of Austin Peay, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and North Alabama from the ASUN, and Abilene Christian, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton, and Utah Tech from the WAC. UTRGV would become the 10th member upon its planned addition of football in 2025. The new football conference also reportedly plans to move "from what is currently known as FCS football to what is currently known as FBS football at the earliest practicable date." On December 20, the two conferences confirmed the football merger, announcing that the new football league would start play in 2023 under the tentative name of ASUN–WAC Football Conference. This was followed in April 2023 by the new league rebranding itself as the United Athletic Conference (UAC). The UAC is playing a six-game schedule, and initially planned to start full round-robin conference play in 2024, although this is likely to change with two schools joining by 2025.[a] Neither conference's announcement mentioned any plans to move to FBS.
Return of Atlantic Sun
On September 1, 2023, it was announced the ASUN would undergo another rebranding to reinstate the use of the name Atlantic Sun. The conference still uses "ASUN" as its official abbreviation.
Addition of swimming & diving
The ASUN added men's and women's swimming & diving for the 2023–24 season, taking most of its initial membership from the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, which had been founded as a partnership of several all-sports conferences, including the ASUN, as a home for that sport (the CCSA's scope would later expand to include beach volleyball). Two associate members came from the American Athletic Conference, which dropped men's swimming as a sponsored sport after the 2022–23 season. The initial membership for that sport is:
- Two full members, Bellarmine and Queens, compete in both the men's and women's leagues.
- Two other full members, Florida Gulf Coast and North Florida, sponsor only the women's sport.
- The two full men's members were joined by associate members Florida Atlantic, Gardner–Webb, Old Dominion, and SMU. SMU will only compete in the 2023–24 season, after which it will join the Atlantic Coast Conference, which sponsors the sport for both sexes.
- Gardner–Webb is also an associate in women's swimming & diving; it was joined in that status by former full ASUN member Liberty and UNC Asheville.
Current full members
- With FCS programs limited to 11 regular-season games in most seasons, as opposed to the 12-game limit in FBS, a round-robin conference schedule is problematic for any FCS conference with more than 9 members.
- The FGCU campus has a Fort Myers mailing address, but lies in unincorporated Lee County.
- The KSU campus has a Kennesaw mailing address, but lies in unincorporated Cobb County.
|University of West Georgia||Carrollton, Georgia||1906||2024||Public||12,769||$27.9||Wolves||Gulf South (D-II)|
Departing members highlighted in red.
|United States Air Force Academy
|USAF Academy, Colorado[a]||1954||Military||4,304||2021–22||Falcons||Mountain West||Men's lacrosse|
|Cleveland State University||Cleveland, Ohio||1964||Public||15,648||2021–22||Vikings[b]||Horizon||Men's lacrosse|
|Coastal Carolina University||Conway, South Carolina||1954||Public||10,484||2021–22[c]||Chanticleers||Sun Belt||Women's lacrosse|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan||1877||Private||5,080||2021–22||Titans[b]||Horizon||Men's lacrosse|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, Florida||1961||Public||30,171||2023–24||Owls||American||Men's swimming & diving|
|Gardner–Webb University||Boiling Springs, North Carolina||1905||Private||3,594||2023–24||Runnin' Bulldogs||Big South||Men's and women's swimming & diving|
|Liberty University||Lynchburg, Virginia||1971||Private||16,000[d]||2023–24[e]||Lady Flames||C-USA||Women's lacrosse|
|Women's swimming & diving|
|Lindenwood University||St. Charles, Missouri||1827||Private||7,374||2022–23||Lions||OVC||Men's and women's lacrosse|
|Mercer University||Macon, Georgia||1833||Private||8,740||2022–23||Bears||SoCon||Men's lacrosse|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||Public||24,286||2023–24||Monarchs||Sun Belt||Men's swimming & diving|
|Robert Morris University||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||1921||Private||4,895||2021–22||Colonials[b]||Horizon||Men's lacrosse|
|Southern Methodist University
(ACC in 2024)
|Men's swimming & diving|
|University of North Carolina at Asheville
|Asheville, North Carolina||1927||Public||3,762||2023–24||Buldogs||Big South||Women's swimming & diving|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah||1850||Public||32,818||2021–22||Utes||Pac-12
(Big 12 in 2024)
- Virtually all of the Air Force Academy grounds, including the cadet area and all athletic facilities, lie outside the city limits of Colorado Springs. The US Census Bureau and US Postal Service consider the Academy to be its own entity, respectively as "Air Force Academy" and "USAF Academy".
- Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, and Robert Morris men's lacrosse will join the reestablished men's lacrosse league of the Northeast Conference after the 2024 season (2023–24 school year).
- Coastal Carolina had previously been a member of the ASUN for women's lacrosse from the 2017 to 2020 spring seasons (2016–17 to 2019–20 school years).
- Approximate on-campus enrollment. Liberty claims an enrollment of over 130,000 including online students.
- Measured from Liberty's departure from full ASUN membership.
- Virtually all of the SMU campus lies in University Park, a separate city contained within the Dallas city limits. The US Postal Service considers all locations in University Park to have a Dallas address.
Former full members
School names and nicknames listed here reflect those used during the schools' time in the TAAC/ASUN. One school has changed both its name and nickname, and three others have changed only their nicknames.
Four former full members are now associates:
- Florida Atlantic, which left the ASUN in 2006, rejoined for women's swimming & diving in 2023.
- Gardner–Webb, which left in 2008, rejoined for men's and women's swimming & diving in 2023.
- Mercer, which left in 2014, has been a men's lacrosse associate since 2022. It was also an associate in women's lacrosse from 2014 to 2017 and beach volleyball from 2014 to 2022.
- Liberty, which left in 2023, remains an associate in women's lacrosse, and became an associate in women's swimming & diving when the ASUN added that sport in 2023–24.
- Oklahoma City adopted its current nickname of Stars in 1999.
- Pan American adopted its final name of the University of Texas–Pan American in 1989. In 2015, it merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
- UTRGV inherited UTPA's athletic program, with the nickname being changed from Broncs to Vaqueros. UTRGV also inherited UTPA's membership in the Western Athletic Conference.
- Northeast Louisiana adopted its current name of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999. The school adopted its current nickname of Warhawks in 2006, when it joined the Sun Belt Conference.
- The school changed its name to Houston Christian University in September 2022.
- The school changed its athletic brand to "Little Rock" in 2015.
- Although the Ohio Valley Conference competes in football also at the Division I FCS level, Little Rock does not sponsor the sport.
- Nicholls State was a provisional member, and as such was never a full member of the TAAC. The school changed its athletic brand to "Nicholls" in 2017.
- FIU dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2010, becoming simply the Panthers.
- Although the SoCon competes in football at the Division I FCS level, and the CAA operates the legally separate FCS league of CAA Football, Charleston has never sponsored the sport.
- UCF dropped the word "Golden" from its nickname in 2007, becoming simply the Knights.
- Troy became a member of the Sun Belt for football member during the 2004 fall season (2004–05 school year), a year before it became an all-sports member.
Former associate members
|University of Akron||Akron, Ohio||1870||Public||18,730||2019–20||2019–20[a]||Zips||Women's lacrosse||MAC|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||Public||27,693||2015–16||2016–17||Chippewas||Women's lacrosse||MAC|
|College of Charleston
|Charleston, South Carolina||1770||Public||10,468||2021–22||2022–23||Cougars||Beach volleyball||CAA||Sun Belt|
|Coastal Carolina University||Conway, South Carolina||1954||Public||10,484||2015–16||2020–21||Chanticleers||Beach volleyball||Sun Belt||C-USA|
|Delaware State University||Dover, Delaware||1891||Public
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan||1877||Private||5,700||2012–13||2016–17||Titans||Women's lacrosse||Horizon||MAC|
|Elon University||Elon, North Carolina||1889||Private||6,305||2013–14||2013–14||Phoenix||Women's lacrosse||CAA|
|Furman University||Greenville, South Carolina||1826||Private||2,668||2014–15||2016–17||Paladins||Women's lacrosse||SoCon|
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||1867||Private||9,139||2012–13||2020–21||Lady Bison||Women's lacrosse||MEAC||NEC|
|Kent State University||Kent, Ohio||1910||Public||28,122||2018–19||2019–20[a]||Golden Flashes||Women's lacrosse||MAC|
|Mercer University[c]||Macon, Georgia||1833||Private||8,603||2014–15||2016–17||Bears||Women's lacrosse||SoCon|
|2022–23||Beach volleyball||SoCon||Sun Belt|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||Public||24,932||2014–15||2017–18||Monarchs||Women's lacrosse||Sun Belt||American|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||Nacogdoches, Texas||1923||Public||11,946||2021–22||2022–23||Beach volleyball||Ladyjacks||WAC||Sun Belt|
|University of North Carolina Wilmington
|Wilmington, North Carolina||1947||Public||14,765||2021–22||2022–23||Beach volleyball||Seahawks||CAA||Sun Belt|
- Akron and Kent State left ASUN women's lacrosse after the 2020 spring season (2019–20 school year) to join the newly formed women's lacrosse league of their full-time home of the Mid-American Conference.
- Delaware State had previously been a member of the ASUN for women's lacrosse during the 2017 spring season (2016–17 school year).
- Mercer became an ASUN associate in men's lacrosse in 2022.
Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. members (Other sports) Other Conference Other Conference
- Northeast Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Louisiana–Monroe) in 1999.
- Pan American, later known as Texas–Pan American or UTPA, merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2015 to create the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The new school inherited UTPA's athletic program.
As of the 2023–24 school year, the ASUN sponsors championship competition in 10 men's and 12 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.
In 2008, the ASUN, in an agreement with the Southern Conference (SoCon), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Big South Conference, formed the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) for schools sponsoring men's and women's swimming and diving within the associated conferences. For the past several years, the ASUN's Commissioner has served as the president of what was initially a swimming & diving-only conference. In 2014 the CCSA expanded to include several other schools from other conferences, and the following year the conference added beach volleyball (women-only at the NCAA level) as a sponsored sport, changing its name to the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association. Currently the conference has 17 member schools, with five men's swimming and diving teams, nine women's swimming & diving teams, and six beach volleyball teams.
A more recent change to the roster of ASUN sports took place after the 2013–14 school year. Under a cooperative agreement between the ASUN and SoCon, the two leagues agreed to split lacrosse sponsorship. The SoCon took over the ASUN men's lacrosse league, while women's lacrosse sponsorship remained with the ASUN. The full alliance in women's lacrosse amicably ended after the 2017 season, with the SoCon sponsoring that sport from the 2018 season forward, but the two leagues continued in a cross-scheduling agreement until the SoCon dropped women's lacrosse after the 2021 season.
Still more recently, on September 13, 2016, the ASUN and Big South announced a football partnership that allows any ASUN members with scholarship football programs to become Big South football members, provided they are located within the general geographic footprint of the two conferences. At the time of announcement, the only ASUN member with a scholarship football program, Kennesaw State, was already a Big South football member. Should any ASUN member add scholarship football, or any non-scholarship football program of an ASUN school (at the time of announcement, Jacksonville and Stetson) upgrade to scholarship football, that team will automatically join Big South football. North Alabama joined Big South football under the terms of this agreement; although the school's home state of Alabama had no schools in either conference at the time it was announced as a future ASUN member, three of its neighboring states were home to six of the ASUN's eight members at that time.
When the ASUN announced the July 2021 entry of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State, it also stated that it would launch a scholarship FCS football league, but did not specify when football competition will begin. No current member is required to add football or change its current football standing. At a press conference on February 23, 2021, the ASUN announced that it had entered into a separate football partnership with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), which had previously announced the relaunch of its football league at the FCS level in fall 2021 with the arrival of four new FCS member schools. The three incoming ASUN members joined the four incoming WAC members in a round-robin schedule branded as the "ASUN–WAC Challenge". Both conferences proposed an amendment to NCAA bylaws that would allow the alliance to receive an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The alliance had seven members, one more than the six normally required for an automatic bid, but were not in the same league for an adequate period to meet the current NCAA "continuity" requirement. The two leagues' proposal was successful, resulting in an automatic qualifier from the seven-team Challenge, colloquially dubbed "AQ7". With the 2022 arrival of Austin Peay providing the ASUN its sixth scholarship FCS program, the ASUN will start its football league in the 2022 season. However, because the ASUN and WAC were each left with only five playoff-eligible football members for 2022 after Jacksonville State (ASUN) and Sam Houston (WAC) started FBS transitions in that season, both leagues renewed their football partnership for 2022. As noted earlier, the two conferences fully merged their football leagues in 2023 as the United Athletic Conference.
Shortly after the addition of football was announced, the ASUN announced that it would reinstate men's lacrosse in the 2022 season, with the lacrosse partnership with the SoCon retained for the time being. The two full ASUN members with men's lacrosse programs, Bellarmine and Jacksonville, separated for that sport, with Bellarmine joining the new ASUN lacrosse league and Jacksonville remaining in SoCon men's lacrosse. Air Force moved from SoCon men's lacrosse; men's lacrosse independent Utah joined; and all three Horizon League members with men's lacrosse programs also joined, with Detroit Mercy moving from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Cleveland State and Robert Morris moving from independent status. The SoCon maintained its automatic NCAA tournament berth by adding another lacrosse independent, Hampton. The ASUN men's lacrosse league was initially to be administered through the CCSA while operating under the ASUN name as part of the ASUN's intended plan to split into two conferences. This arrangement was scrapped along with the planned conference split once NJIT left for the America East; the men's lacrosse league is now directly administered by the ASUN.
The ASUN added two new beach volleyball members, Charleston and UNCW, in July 2021. At the same time, Coastal Carolina left ASUN beach volleyball for the newly formed Conference USA beach volleyball league. With the demise of SoCon women's lacrosse after the 2021 season, Coastal Carolina and Delaware State returned to the ASUN in that sport after respectively spending one and four seasons in the SoCon.
The SoCon dropped men's lacrosse after the 2022 season due to further conference realignment. Jacksonville returned men's lacrosse to the ASUN, and full SoCon member Mercer became an ASUN men's lacrosse affiliate. Lindenwood, which started a transition from D-II to D-I in 2022 as a new member of the Ohio Valley Conference, became an affiliate in both men's and women's lacrosse (neither of which is sponsored by the OVC). Also in 2022–23, the ASUN lost all four of its beach volleyball affiliates (Charleston, Mercer, Stephen F. Austin, UNCW) to the new beach volleyball league of the Sun Belt Conference.
As noted previously, the ASUN added men's and women's swimming & diving in 2023–24.
|Swimming & diving||
|Track and field (indoor)||
|Track and field (outdoor)||
|Golf||Lacrosse||Soccer||Swimming & diving||Tennis||Track &
|Florida Gulf Coast||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||6|
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the league which are played by ASUN schools:
Future member West Georgia in gray.
- West Georgia will add men's indoor and outdoor track & field when it joins the conference in 2024–25.
- While non-football by NCAA criteria, Bellarmine fields a varsity team in the weight-restricted and non-NCAA variant of sprint football.
- Currently in the Division II Gulf South Conference; will join the UAC upon joining the ASUN.
In addition to the aforementioned sports:
- Queens sponsors men's rugby and triathlon, neither of which has NCAA recognition of any type. It also considers its male cheerleaders to be varsity athletes.
|Golf||Lacrosse||Soccer||Softball||Swimming & diving||Tennis||Track & field
|Track & field
|Florida Gulf Coast||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||9|
- West Georgia will add beach volleyball in 2025–26.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the league which are played by ASUN schools:
Future member West Georgia in gray.
|Florida Gulf Coast||No||No||No||No||No|
- Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
- West Georgia, which currently fields a club-level stunt team, has announced it will elevate the sport to varsity status in the near future, though has not set a timeline.
In addition to the aforementioned sports:
- Bellarmine considers the members of its all-female dance team to be varsity athletes.
- Queens considers its cheerleaders and dance team (the latter all-female, though listed on its athletic website as coeducational) to be varsity athletes.
Departing members in red. Incoming members in gray.
All Sports Championships
The Jesse C. Fletcher and Sherman Day Trophies are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference. The Bill Bibb Trophy, combining the men's and women's results for the best overall program, was first awarded in 2006–07. East Tennessee State won this overall trophy seven of the nine years it has been awarded; Florida Gulf Coast won in 2012–13, 2014–15 and 2015–16.
Men's All Sports: Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy
|2005–06||East Tennessee State|
|2006–07||East Tennessee State|
|2007–08||East Tennessee State|
|2008–09||East Tennessee State|
|2009–10||East Tennessee State|
|2010–11||East Tennessee State|
|2011–12||East Tennessee State|
|2012–13||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2013–14||East Tennessee State|
Women's All Sports: Sherman Day Trophy
|1985–86||Stetson, Georgia State|
|2006–07||East Tennessee State|
|2012–13||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2014–15||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2015–16||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2016–17||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2017–18||Florida Gulf Coast|
Combined All Sports: Bill Bibb Trophy
|Season||Regular Season Champion(s)||Tournament Champion|
|2013–14||Florida Gulf Coast
|2014–15||North Florida||North Florida|
|2015–16||North Florida||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2016–17||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2017–18||Florida Gulf Coast||Lipscomb|
Jacksonville State (West)
- Because Bellarmine was in the second season of its four-year transition from Division II, it was ineligible for the NCAA tournament. Under ASUN rules, Jacksonville State received the ASUN's automatic bid by virtue of the best regular-season conference record.
|Season||Regular Season Champion(s)||Tournament Champion|
|2013–14||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2014–15||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2015–16||Florida Gulf Coast||Jacksonville|
|2016–17||Stetson||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2017–18||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2018–19||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2019–20||Florida Gulf Coast||None (COVID-19)|
|2020–21||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2021–22||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
|2022–23||Florida Gulf Coast||Florida Gulf Coast|
Notes and references
- "Atlantic Coast Conference". Archived from the original on February 6, 2006. Retrieved March 1, 2006.
- "Conference Student-Athletes Unveil New ASUN Brand Identity" (Press release). ASUN Conference. April 28, 2016.
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The league serves up its second season with opening matches this weekend featuring (16) FIU, (12) Florida Atlantic and UAB, along with new members Jacksonville State and (ARV) Tulane.
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Stephen F. Austin begins its first season in the league and is set to open its 2022 campaign at the Kingsville Tournament where they face Ottawa, Texas A&M Kingsville, Missouri Baptist and Colorado Mesa.
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