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Atlantic 10 Conference From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) Established: 1976 NCAA Division I Members 15 (14 full; 1 associate) Sports fielded 21 (men's: 9; women's: 12) Region Eastern United States Midwestern United States Former names Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (1976–77) Eastern Athletic Association (1977–82) Eastern 8 (unofficial, 1976–82) Headquarters Philadelphia, PA Commissioner Bernadette McGlade Website http://www.atlantic10.org/ Locations 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. 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. Contents [hide] 1 History 2 Members 2.1 Full Members 2.2 Associate Members 2.3 Past members 3 Men's Basketball Champions 3.1 History of the Tournament Finals 3.2 Tournament Championships by School 3.2.1 Televison 4 Women's Basketball Champions 5 Sports sponsored 6 Atlantic 10 Rivalries 7 A-10 football 7.1 Origin 7.2 Demise 8 Conference facilities 9 External links  History The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (ECBL), and began conference play in 1976. At that time, basketball was its only sport. After its first season, it added sports other than basketball and changed its name to the Eastern Athletic Assocation. However, despite its official names, it was popularly known as the Eastern 8, as it then had eight members (Villanova, Duquesne, Penn State, West Virginia, George Washington, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers). After changes in membership that saw charter members Pittsburgh and Villanova leave and new members St. Bonaventure (1979), Rhode Island (1980), Saint Joseph's (1982) and Temple (1982) enter, establishing the league with 10 members, the conference adopted the current Atlantic 10 name in 1982. Further membership changes saw the league expand to its 14 current members. From 1997 through 2006, the league also operated a football conference; during that period, more than 20 schools were participating in A-10 competition in at least one sport. This would end when the A-10 football programs all departed to join a new football conference sponsored by the Colonial Athletic Association.  Members  Full Members Locations of Atlantic 10 conference full member institutions.The following is a list of the full members of the conference and the year they joined: Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Nickname UNC Charlotte Charlotte, NC 1946 Public 22,388 2005 49ers University of Dayton Dayton, OH 1850 Private/Catholic 9,970 1995 Flyers Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA 1878 Private/Catholic 9,617 1976 Dukes Fordham University New York, NY 1841 Private/Catholic 12,932 1995 Rams George Washington University Washington, DC 1821 Private/Non-sectarian 22,710 1976 Colonials La Salle University Philadelphia, PA 1863 Private/Catholic 6,012 1995 Explorers University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 1863 Public 25,873 1976 Minutemen University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 1892 Public 15,650 1980 Rams University of Richmond Richmond, VA 1830 Private/Non-sectarian 2,962 2001 Spiders St. Bonaventure University Olean, NY 1856 Private/Catholic 2,700 1979 Bonnies Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA 1851 Private/Catholic 7,542 1982 Hawks Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO 1818 Private/Catholic 10,633 2005 Billikens Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1884 Public 31,600 1982 Owls Xavier University Cincinnati, OH 1831 Private/Catholic 6,646 1995 Musketeers  Associate Members Institution Location Conference Affiliation Enrollment Joined Nickname Sport West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania PSAC Public 12,800 1996 Golden Rams Field Hockey  Past members Institution Affiliation Years Current Conference(s) University of Connecticut Football member 1947-1999† Big East University of Delaware Football member 1986-2006† CAA Hofstra University Football member 2001-2006 CAA James Madison University Football member 1993-2006† CAA University of Maine Football member 1947-2006† America East, CAA (football) University of New Hampshire Football member 1947-2006† America East, CAA (football) Northeastern University Football member 1993-2006† CAA Pennsylvania State University Full member 1976-1979, 1982-1991 Big Ten University of Pittsburgh Full member 1976-1982 Big East Rutgers University Full member 1976-1995 Big East Towson University Football member 2004-2006 CAA Villanova University Full member 1976-1980 Big East, CAA (football) Football only 1988-2006† Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Full member 1995-2000 ACC West Virginia University Full member 1976-1995 Big East The College of William & Mary Football member 1993-2006† CAA † Includes time in Yankee Conference, which merged with the Atlantic 10 for football in 1997.  Men's Basketball Champions It has been suggested that this section be split into a new article entitled Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament. (Discuss) Season Regular Season Champion(s) Tournament Champion Tournament Location 1977 East - Rutgers, West - West Virginia/Penn State Duquesne The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1978 Rutgers/Villanova Villanova Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1979 Villanova Rutgers First round: Campus sites; All other rounds: Civic Arena 1980 Villanova/Duquesne/Rutgers Villanova First round: Campus sites; All other rounds: Civic Arena 1981 Rhode Island/Duquesne Pittsburgh First round: Campus sites; All other rounds: Civic Arena 1982 West Virginia Pittsburgh First round: Campus sites; All other rounds: Civic Arena 1983 East - Rutgers, West - St. Bonaventure/West Virginia West Virginia First round: Campus sites; West semifinals: Civic Arena; East semifinals, semifinals, and finals: The Spectrum 1984 Temple West Virginia WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia 1985 West Virginia Temple Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey 1986 Saint Joseph's Saint Joseph's First round: Campus sites; All other rounds: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 1987 Temple Temple Campus sites 1988 Temple Temple WVU Coliseum 1989 West Virginia Rutgers First two rounds and semifinals: Palestra, Philadelphia; Finals: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway 1990 Temple Temple First two rounds and semifinals: Palestra; Finals: McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia 1991 Rutgers Penn State First two rounds and semifinals: Palestra; Finals: Rec Hall, University Park, Pennsylvania 1992 Massachusetts Massachusetts First round: McGonigle Hall; Second round and semifinals: Palestra; Finals: Curry Hicks Cage, Amherst, Massachusetts 1993 Massachusetts Massachusetts First round and semifinals: Palestra; Finals: Mullins Center, Amherst 1994 Massachusetts Massachusetts First two rounds and semifinals: Palestra; Finals: Mullins Center, Amherst 1995 Massachusetts Massachusetts First two rounds and semifinals: Palestra; Finals: Mullins Center, Amherst 1996 East - Massachusetts, West - West Virginia/George Washington Massachusetts Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia 1997 East - Saint Joseph's, West - Xavier Saint Joseph's CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia 1998 East - Temple, West - Xavier Xavier CoreStates Spectrum 1999 East - Temple, West - George Washington Rhode Island First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia 2000 East - Temple, West - Dayton Temple First Union Spectrum 2001 Saint Joseph's Temple First Union Spectrum 2002 East - Temple/Saint Joseph's, West - Xavier Xavier First Union Spectrum 2003 East - Saint Joseph's, West - Xavier Dayton First round: Campus sites; All other rounds: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio 2004 East - Saint Joseph's, West - Dayton Xavier University of Dayton Arena 2005 East - Saint Joseph's, West - George Washington George Washington U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio 2006 George Washington Xavier U.S. Bank Arena 2007 Xavier/Massachusetts George Washington Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey 2008 Xavier Temple Boardwalk Hall 2009 Xavier Temple Boardwalk Hall  History of the Tournament Finals Year Winner Score Opponent Most Outstanding Player Venue 1977 Duquesne Dukes 57-54 Villanova Wildcats Norm Nixon, Duquesne The Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 1978 Villanova Wildcats 63-59 West Virginia Mountaineers Alex Bradley, Villanova Civic Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 1979 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 61-57 Pittsburgh Panthers James Bailey, Rutgers Civic Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 1980 Villanova Wildcats 74-62 West Virginia Mountaineers Lowes Moore, West Virginia Civic Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 1981 Pittsburgh Panthers 64-60 Dusquesne Dukes Lenny McMillan, Pittsburgh Civic Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 1982 Pittsburgh Panthers 78-72 West Virginia Mountaineers Clyde Vaughan, Pittsburgh Civic Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 1983 West Virginia Mountaineers 86-78 Temple Owls Terence Stansbury, Temple The Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 1984 West Virginia Mountaineers 59-56 St. Bonaventure Bonnies Lester Rowe, West Virginia WVU Coliseum (Morgantown, WV) 1985 Temple Owls 59-51 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Granger Hall, Temple Rutgers Athletic Center (Piscataway, NJ) 1986 St. Joseph’s Hawks 70-66 Penn State Nittany Lions Greg Mullee, St. Joseph’s Brendan Byrne Arena (East Rutherford, NJ) 1987 Temple Owls 70-57 George Washington Colonials Nate Blackwell, Temple McGonigle Hall (Philadelphia, PA) 1988 Temple Owls 68-63 Rhode Island Rams Tom Garrick, Rhode Island WVU Coliseum (Morgantown, WV) 1989 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 70-66 Penn State Nittany Lions Tom Savage, Rutgers Louis Brown Athletic Center (Piscataway, NJ) 1990 Temple Owls 53-51 Massachusetts Minutemen Mark Macon, Temple McGonigle Hall (Philadelphia, PA) 1991 Penn State Nittany Lions 81-75 George Washington Colonials Freddie Barnes, Penn State Rec Hall (University Park, PA) 1992 Massachusetts Minutemen 97-91 West Virginia Mountaineers Harper Williams, Massachusetts Curry Hicks Cage (Amherst, MA) 1993 Massachusetts Minutemen 69-61 Temple Owls Harper Williams, Massachusetts Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 1994 Massachusetts Minutemen 70-59 Temple Owls Mike Williams, Massachusetts Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 1995 Massachusetts Minutemen 63-44 Temple Owls Lou Roe, Massachusetts Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 1996 Massachusetts Minutemen 76-61 Temple Owls Carmelo Travieso, Massachusetts Philadelphia Civic Center (Philadelphia, PA) 1997 St. Joseph’s Hawks 61-56 Rhode Island Rams Rashid Bey, St. Joseph’s CoreStates Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 1998 Xavier Musketeers 77-63 George Washington Colonials James Posey, Xavier CoreStates Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 1999 Rhode Island Rams 62-59 Temple Owls Lamar Odom, Rhode Island Rams First Union Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 2000 Temple Owls 65-44 St. Bonaventure Bonnies Quincy Wadley, Temple First Union Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 2001 Temple Owls 76-65 Massachusetts Minutemen Lynn Greer, Temple First Union Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 2002 Xavier Musketeers 73-60 Richmond Spiders David West, Xavier First Union Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA) 2003 Dayton Flyers 79-72 Temple Owls Ramod Marshall, Dayton University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, OH) 2004 Xavier Musketeers 58-49 Dayton Flyers Lionel Chalmers, Xavier University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, OH) 2005 George Washington Colonials 76-67 St. Joseph’s Hawks Pat Carroll, St. Joseph’s U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH) 2006 Xavier Musketeers 62-61 St. Joseph’s Hawks Justin Cage, Xavier U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH) 2007 George Washington Colonials 78-69 Rhode Island Rams Maureece Rice, George Washington Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ) 2008 Temple Owls 69-64 St. Joseph’s Hawks Dionte Christmas, Temple Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ) 2009 Temple Owls 69-64 Duquesne Dukes Dionte Christmas, Temple Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ)  Tournament Championships by School School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship Temple 8 2009 Massachusetts 5 1996 Xavier 4 2006 Villanova† 2 1980 Rutgers† 2 1989 Pittsburgh† 2 1982 West Virginia† 2 1984 Saint Joseph's 2 1997 George Washington 2 2007 Duquesne 1 1977 Penn State† 1 1991 Rhode Island 1 1999 Dayton 1 2003 †Former member of the Atlantic 10  Televison Main article: Atlantic 10 Tournament Finals broadcasters  Women's Basketball Champions Season Regular Season Champion(s) Tournament Champion Tournament Location 1983 Penn State Penn State Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey 1984 Rutgers Penn State Rec Hall, University Park, Pennsylvania 1985 Penn State/Saint Joseph's Penn State Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1986 Rutgers Penn State WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia 1987 Rutgers Rutgers First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Louis Brown Athletic Center 1988 Rutgers Rutgers First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Louis Brown Athletic Center 1989 Rutgers/Saint Joseph's West Virginia First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Louis Brown Athletic Center 1990 Rutgers/Saint Joseph's Penn State First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Rec Hall 1991 Penn State Penn State First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 1992 West Virginia George Washington Louis Brown Athletic Center 1993 Rutgers Rutgers Charles E. Smith Athletic Center, Washington, D.C. 1994 George Washington/Rutgers Rutgers Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 1995 George Washington George Washington Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 1996 East - Rhode Island, West - George Washington George Washington Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia 1997 East - Saint Joseph's, West - George Washington Saint Joseph's First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Charles E. Smith Athletic Center 1998 East - Massachusetts, West - George Washington Virginia Tech First two rounds: Campus sites; Semifinals and finals: Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts 1999 East - Saint Joseph's, West - Virginia Tech Saint Joseph's The Apollo of Temple, Philadelphia 2000 East - Saint Joseph's, West - George Washington Xavier Liacouras Center, Philadelphia 2001 Xavier Xavier Liacouras Center 2002 East - Temple, West - George Washington Temple Liacouras Center 2003 East - Saint Joseph's, West - George Washington George Washington First three rounds: Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island; Finals: Charles E. Smith Athletic Center 2004 East - Temple, West - George Washington Temple Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 2005 East - Temple, West - George Washington Temple Charles E. Smith Athletic Center 2006 Charlotte/George Washington Temple Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 2007 George Washington Xavier Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 2008 George Washington/Temple Xavier Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 2009 Xavier Charlotte Dale F. Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina  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  Atlantic 10 Rivalries There are a number of intense rivalries within the Atlantic 10. Rivalries that carry over from the Big 5 which includes Saint Joseph's, Temple, and La Salle include those games between La Salle and Saint Joseph's and especially Temple and Saint Joseph's, a rivalry that has intensified in recent years. Like the Big 5, Dayton and Xavier are near one another which has led to a rivalry between these two schools. Another fledgling rivalry that has spawned has been one between Saint Joseph's and Xavier, two of the most consistent schools in the A-10. UMass and Temple also had a rivalry while John Chaney was coaching Temple but it has died down a bit since.  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 least under the A-10 banner. 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 — in effect, this meant that the A-10 football conference was under new management.  Conference facilities School Basketball arena Capacity Charlotte Dale F. Halton Arena 9,500 Dayton University of Dayton Arena 13,409 Duquesne A. J. Palumbo Center 6,200 Fordham Rose Hill Gymnasium 3,470 George Washington Smith Center 5,000 La Salle Tom Gola Arena 4,000 Massachusetts Mullins Center 9,493 Rhode Island Ryan Center 7,657 Richmond Robins Center 9,171 St. Bonaventure Reilly Center 6,000 Saint Joseph's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse 4,200† Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena 10,600 Temple Liacouras Center 10,206 Xavier Cintas Center 10,250 †Saint Joseph's facility is currently being renovated and will hold at least 4,200 people when finished. Their men's team will play its home games at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania during the 2008-2009 season, while the women's team will split its home games between the Palestra and facilities at Philadelphia University.  External links Atlantic 10 Conference [show]v · d · eAtlantic 10 Conference (A-10) Charlotte 49ers • Dayton Flyers • Duquesne Dukes • Fordham Rams • George Washington Colonials • La Salle Explorers • UMass Minutemen & Minutewomen • Rhode Island Rams • Richmond Spiders • St. Bonaventure Bonnies • Saint Joseph's Hawks • Saint Louis Billikens • Temple Owls • Xavier Musketeers [show]v · d · eCurrent Basketball Arenas in the Atlantic 10 Conference A.J. Palumbo Center (Duquesne) • Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (Saint Joseph's) • Chaifetz Arena (Saint Louis) • Cintas Center (Xavier) • Dale F. Halton Arena (Charlotte) • Liacouras Center (Temple) • Mullins Center (Massachusetts) • Reilly Center (St. Bonaventure) • Robins Center (Richmond) • Rose Hill Gymnasium (Fordham) • Ryan Center (Rhode Island) • Smith Center (George Washington) • Tom Gola Arena (La Salle) • UD Arena (Dayton) [show]v · d · eAtlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournaments 1970s 1977, 1978, 1979 1980s 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 1990s 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 2000s 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Other Broadcasters http://www.collegechalktalk.com Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_10_Conference" Categories: Atlantic 10 Conference | College athletics conferences