Atlantic 10 Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference logo.svg
FormerlyEastern Collegiate Basketball League (1976–77)
Eastern Athletic Association (1977–82)
Eastern 8 (unofficial, 1976–82)
AssociationNCAA
Founded1976
CommissionerBernadette McGlade
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
DivisionDivision I
Subdivisionnon-football
No. of teams15 full, 4 associate
HeadquartersNewport News, Virginia
RegionEastern United States
Midwestern United States
Official websitewww.atlantic10.com
Locations
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The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a collegiate athletic conference whose schools compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. The A-10's member schools are located in states mostly on the United States Eastern Seaboard, as well as some in the Midwest: Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri as well as in the District of Columbia. Although some of its members are state-funded, half of its membership is made up of private, Catholic institutions. Despite the name, there are 15 full-time members, and four affiliate members that participate in women's field hockey and men's lacrosse. The current commissioner is Bernadette McGlade, who began her tenure in 2008.

History

See also: 2010–2013 Atlantic 10 Conference realignment and 2021–22 NCAA conference realignment

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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 Association. 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 Villanova and Pittsburgh leave (in 1980 and 1982, respectively) 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 maximum of 16 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 ended when the A-10 football programs all departed to join a new football conference sponsored by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2012, Butler joined the conference after leaving the Horizon League and VCU joined after leaving the CAA.

Conference realignment in 2013 saw the departure of Temple to the American Athletic Conference, Butler and Xavier to the reconfigured Big East, and Charlotte to Conference USA. George Mason joined from the CAA, and Davidson from the Southern Conference announced it would join in 2014.

The league headquarters have been located in Newport News, Virginia since fall 2009.[1] Prior to that, the headquarters was in Philadelphia, within a few miles of member schools Saint Joseph's and La Salle.

The conference currently has media deals with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports, and digital broadcasts with ESPN+.

On November 16, 2021, Loyola University Chicago announced that its athletic program - the Loyola Ramblers - would depart the Missouri Valley Conference and join the A-10 effective July 1, 2022.[2]

The latest change to the A-10 was announced on May 23, 2022 with the addition of men's lacrosse for the 2023 season (2022–23 school year). The four full members that sponsor the sport (Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, UMass) were joined by affiliate members High Point and Hobart.[3]

Member schools

Current members

Full members

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

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1837 2014 Private – Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
1,843 Wildcats    
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 1850 1995 Private – Catholic
(Marianists)
11,241 Flyers    
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 1976;
1993[a]
Private – Catholic
(Spiritans)
9,274 Dukes    
Fordham University New York, New York 1841 1995 Private – Catholic
(Jesuit)
16,515 Rams    
George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia 1957 2013 Public 35,047 Patriots    
George Washington University Washington, D.C. 1821 1976 Private – Non-sectarian 28,172 Colonials    
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 1995 Private – Catholic
(De La Salle Brothers)
5,191 Explorers    
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1870 2022 Private 16,437[4] Ramblers    
University of Massachusetts[b] Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 1976 Public
(University of Massachusetts)
30,593 Minutemen and Minutewomen    
University of Rhode Island[b] Kingston, Rhode Island 1892 1980 Public 16,883 Rams      
University of Richmond[b] Richmond, Virginia 1840 2001 Private – Non-sectarian 4,002 Spiders    
St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, New York 1858 1979 Private – Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,381 Bonnies    
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 1982 Private – Catholic
(Jesuit)
7,589 Hawks    
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 2005 Private – Catholic
(Jesuit)
12,883 Billikens    
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 1838 2012 Public 31,076 Rams    
Notes
  1. ^ Duquesne left the A-10 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now known as the Horizon League) only for the 1992–93 school year, but returned to the A-10 effective the 1993–94 school year.
  2. ^ a b c Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Richmond also played football within the A-10 from the 1997 to the 2006 fall seasons (1997–98 to 2006–07 school years) after the Yankee Conference was absorbed. However, Richmond's primary conference until the 2000-01 school year was the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Associate members

The "joined" column indicates the calendar year in which each school became an A-10 associate, which for spring sports such as lacrosse is the year before the first season of competition.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Primary
conference
A-10
sport
High Point University High Point, North Carolina 1924 2022 Private
(Methodist)
4,545 Panthers Big South Men's lacrosse
Hobart College Geneva, New York 1822 2022 Private – Nonsectarian 2,105 Statesmen Liberty
(NCAA D-III)
Men's lacrosse
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1870 2010 Public
(PASSHE)
3,425 Bald Eagles PSAC
(NCAA D-II)
Field hockey
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 2013 Private - Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,449 Red Flashes NEC Field hockey

Former members

Former full members

None of these institutions played football in the A-10 during their tenure as full members.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 Private 4,667 2012 2013 Bulldogs Big East (current)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 Public 26,232 2005 2013 49ers C-USA
(The American in 2023)
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania 1855 Public 45,351 1976;
1982
1979;
1991
Nittany Lions Big Ten
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 Public 28,766 1976 1982 Panthers Big East (original) ACC
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 Public 58,788 1976 1995 Scarlet Knights Big East/The American[a] Big Ten
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Public 38,648 1982 2013 Owls The American
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 Private 10,482 1976 1980 Wildcats Big East (original) Big East (current)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 Public 31,087 1995 2000 Hokies Big East (original) ACC
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public 29,707 1976 1995 Mountaineers Big East (original) Big 12
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 Private 6,650 1995 2013 Musketeers Big East (current)
Notes
  1. ^ Rutgers spent one season in the renamed American Athletic Conference before joining the Big Ten in the 2014–15 school year.

Former associate members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Primary
conference
A-10
sport
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania 1880 Public
(PASSHE)
13,271 (full-time)
2,576 (part-time)
1996–97 2010–11 Golden Rams PSAC
(NCAA D-II)
field hockey

Former football-only members

After expansion in the Colonial Athletic Association brought that conference to 6 football-playing schools, it was agreed that the CAA would take over management of the Atlantic 10's football conference starting in the 2007–08 school year. All the schools on this list (except Boston U. and Connecticut) were in the A-10 football conference when it became CAA Football (technically separate from the all-sports CAA), but Hofstra and Northeastern discontinued their football programs after the 2009–10 school year. Membership dates include time in the Yankee Conference (which was an all-sports conference from the 1947–48 to 1975–76 seasons, and a football-only conference after that) which merged into the A-10 in the 1997–98 school year.

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Primary
conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 1839 Private 29,978 1973–74 1997–98[a] Terriers Independent (1975–76 to 1978–79)
America East (1979–80 to 2012–13)
Patriot League (2013–14 to present)
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881 Public 25,583 1947–48 1999–2000[b] Huskies Independent (1975–76 to 1978–79)
Big East (1979–80 to 2012–13)
The American (2013–14 to 2019–20)
Big East (2020–21 to present)
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 1743 Public 19,391 1986–87 2006–07 Fightin' Blue Hens East Coast (1986–87 to 1990–91)
America East (1991–92 to 2000–01)
CAA (2001–02 to present)
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York 1935 Private 12,400 2001–02 2006–07[c] Pride CAA (2001–02 to present)
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia 1908 Public 19,927 1993–94 2006–07 Dukes CAA (1979–80 to 2021–22)
SBC (from July 2022)
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865 Public 10,901 1947–48 2006–07 Black Bears Independent (1975–76 to 1978–79)
America East (1979–80 to present)
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866 Public 11,942 1947–48 2006–07 Wildcats Independent (1975–76 to 1978–79)
America East (1979–80 to present)
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts 1898 Private 12,913 1993–94 2006–07[d] Huskies America East (1979–80 to 2004–05)
CAA (2005–06 to present)
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 Public 21,950 2004–05 2006–07 Tigers CAA (1979–80 to 1980–81; 2001–02 to present)
Villanova University[e] Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 Private 10,482 1988–89 2006–07 Wildcats Big East (1980–81 to 2012–13)
Big East (2013–14 to present)
The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia 1693 Public 8,258 1993–94 2006–07 Tribe CAA (1979–80 to present)
Notes
  1. ^ Boston University dropped football after the 1997 fall season (1997–98 school year).
  2. ^ UConn moved to FBS after the 1999 fall season (1999–2000 school year), and eventually joined the Big East for that sport in the 2004–05 season.
  3. ^ Hofstra dropped football after the 2009 fall season (2009–10 school year).
  4. ^ Northeastern dropped football after the 2009 fall season (2009–10 school year).
  5. ^ Villanova was originally a charter and full member of the A-10 from 1976–77 to 1979–80 in all sports except football.

Membership timeline

Hobart and William Smith CollegesHigh Point UniversityLoyola University ChicagoDavidson CollegeSaint Francis UniversityGeorge Mason UniversityVirginia Commonwealth UniversityBig East ConferenceButler UniversityLock Haven University of PennsylvaniaSaint Louis UniversityConference USAUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteColonial Athletic AssociationTowson UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationHofstra UniversityUniversity of RichmondColonial Athletic AssociationCollege of William & MaryColonial Athletic AssociationNortheastern UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of New HampshireColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of MaineSun Belt ConferenceColonial Athletic AssociationJames Madison UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of DelawareAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of ConnecticutBoston UniversityLa Salle UniversityFordham UniversityUniversity of DaytonBig East ConferenceXavier UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Virginia TechSaint Joseph's UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceTemple UniversityUniversity of Rhode IslandSt. Bonaventure UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstGeorge Washington UniversityHorizon LeagueDuquesne UniversityBig 12 ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)West Virginia UniversityBig Ten ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Rutgers UniversityBig Ten ConferencePennsylvania State UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of PittsburghBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Villanova University

Full members Full members (non-football) Associate members (football only) Assoc. member (list sports)
Notes
* - Virginia Tech did not participate in wrestling.

Atlantic 10 rivalries

There are a number of intense rivalries within the Atlantic 10,[under discussion] with rivalries that carry over from the Big 5 which includes Saint Joseph's, La Salle, and Temple (now in the American Athletic Conference). URI and UMass also have a long-standing rivalry. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne also maintain a rivalry that predates their affiliation with the conference. UMass and Temple also had a basketball rivalry while John Chaney was coaching Temple but it has died down a bit since, and even more so now that Temple has left the conference. Due to both teams sharing the Ram mascot, the Fordham - URI rivalry has increased in recent years as the competitions are heralded as "The Battle of the Rams." The long-standing crosstown rivalry between Richmond and VCU, now known as the Capital City Classic, became a conference rivalry with VCU's arrival in the A10. Rivals St. Louis and Dayton play each year in basketball for the Arch-Baron Cup. George Washington and George Mason compete annually in the Revolutionary Rivalry across all sports.

Sports

In the 2021–22 academic year, the Atlantic 10 Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with lacrosse becoming the 10th sponsored men's sport in 2022–23.[5] In addition to the 15 full members, two Pennsylvania schools, Lock Haven and Saint Francis, are affiliate members in field hockey. High Point and Hobart became men's lacrosse affiliates in July 2022.

A-10 Conference teams
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
12
Basketball
15
15
Cross Country
15
15
Field Hockey
9
Golf
11
Lacrosse
4
10
Rowing
9
Soccer
14
15
Softball
10
Swimming & Diving
8
11
Tennis
10
13
Track and Field (Indoor)
10
14
Track and Field (Outdoor)
13
15
Volleyball
10

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total
A-10 Sports
Davidson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Dayton Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Duquesne Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 5
Fordham Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
George Mason Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
George Washington Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY 7
La Salle Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Loyola Chicago Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Massachusetts Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
Rhode Island Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Richmond Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
St. Bonaventure Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY[a] 9
Saint Joseph's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Saint Louis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
VCU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Associate Members
High Point Green tickY 1
Hobart Green tickY 1
Totals 12 15 15 11 4+2 14 8 10 10 12.5[a] 113+2
Notes
  1. ^ a b St. Bonaventure sponsors an outdoor distance track program but does not participate in short distance or field events.[6]
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic 10 Conference which are played by A-10 schools
School Football Ice hockey Rowing[a] Sailing[b] Squash[c] Volleyball Water polo Wrestling
Davidson Pioneer No No No No No No SoCon
Dayton Pioneer No No No No No No No
Duquesne Northeast No No No No No No No
Fordham Patriot No No IRA MAISA CSA CWPA N No
George Mason No No No No No EIVA No MAC
George Washington No No No No No No CWPA SE No
La Salle No No IRA No No No No No
Loyola Chicago No No No No No MIVA No No
Massachusetts FBS Independent Hockey East No No No No No No
Rhode Island CAA No No NEISA No No No No
Richmond CAA No No No No No No No
St. Bonaventure No No No No No No No
Saint Joseph's No No IRA No No No No No
Notes
  1. ^ Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA.
  2. ^ Intercollegiate sailing is sanctioned by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA.
  3. ^ Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total
A-10 Sports
Davidson Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Dayton Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Duquesne Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Fordham Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
George Mason Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
George Washington Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
La Salle Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 9
Loyola Chicago Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Massachusetts Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 11
Rhode Island Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN[a] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Richmond Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 9
St. Bonaventure Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY[b] Red XN 8
Saint Joseph's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 10
Saint Louis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
VCU Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Associate Members
Lock Haven Green tickY 1
St. Francis (PA) Green tickY 1
Totals 15 15 7+2 10 9 15 10 11 13 14 14.5[b] 10 143+2
Notes
  1. ^ Rhode Island will add women's lacrosse in 2024 (2025 season).[7]
  2. ^ a b St. Bonaventure sponsors an outdoor distance track program but does not participate in short distance or field events.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic 10 Conference which are played by A-10 schools
School Bowling Golf Gymnastics Sailing[a] Squash[b] Water polo
Dayton No MAAC No No No No
Duquesne Northeast No No No No No
Fordham No No No MAISA No No
George Washington No No EAGL MAISA CSA No
La Salle No MAAC No No No MAAC
Loyola Chicago No MVC No No No No
Richmond No Patriot League No No No No
Notes
  1. ^ Intercollegiate sailing is sanctioned by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA.
  2. ^ Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.

Current tournament champions

Main articles: Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament and Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament

The Atlantic 10 Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with a tenth men's sport to be added in July 2022.[8]

Regular-season champions are indicated with "(RS)" and tournament champions with "(T)".

Season Sport Men's
champion
Women's
champion
Fall 2021 Cross Country La Salle George Washington
Field Hockey   Saint Joseph's (RS & T)
Soccer VCU (RS)
Saint Louis (T)
Saint Louis (RS & T)
Volleyball   Dayton (RS & T)
Winter 2021–22 Basketball Davidson (RS)
Richmond (T)
Dayton (RS)
UMass (T)
Swimming & Diving George Washington George Washington
Track & Field (Indoor) Rhode Island VCU
Spring 2022 Golf Davidson  
Tennis VCU VCU
Lacrosse Play starts in spring 2023 UMass (RS)
Saint Joseph's (T)
Baseball Davidson (RS)
VCU (T)
 
Softball   George Washington (RS)
Fordham (T)
Rowing   Rhode Island
Track & Field (Outdoor) Rhode Island UMass

Football (1997–2006)

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 teams were in the Yankee Conference at the time of its demise:

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 the management change after the 2006 season.

Football champions

Season Regular Season Champion
1997 Villanova
1998 Richmond
1999 James Madison, Massachusetts
2000 Delaware, Richmond
2001 Hofstra, Maine, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 Maine, Northeastern
2003 Delaware, Massachusetts
2004 Delaware, James Madison, William & Mary
2005 New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 Massachusetts

Demise/"Rename"

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, a member of the CAA from 1983 to 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.

A-10 schools in DI-A/FBS

A-10 charter members Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Villanova played I-A football as independents while members of the A-10 in other sports. Villanova became a member of the Big East in 1980 with Pittsburgh following in 1982. Temple joined the A-10 that year. Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991 (effectively in 1993), and three A-10 members joined the Big East as football-only members: Rutgers, West Virginia, and Temple (only Rutgers and West Virginia would later join the Big East as full members in 1995).

Virginia Tech joined the A-10 in 1995 as a result of the merger that created Conference USA. They would then join the Big East as full members in 2000, following the football program which was already a member of the league. Temple remained a football-only member of the Big East until 2004; they would join the MAC for football in 2007 until 2012, and re-joined the Big East in football for the 2012 season. Temple planned to move the rest of its sports into the Big East in 2013, but the conference realigned into the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference and a new non-football Big East. Temple joined The American. Massachusetts joined them in FBS football with membership in the MAC beginning in the 2012 season and as an FBS independent beginning in 2016. Charlotte, which started a football program in 2013, left for Conference USA.

A-10 schools in DI-A/FBS
Schools Currently in the A-10 Schools formerly in the A-10
Massachusetts Penn State
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
Temple
Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Charlotte

Facilities

Future member in gray.

School Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Davidson John M. Belk Arena 5,223 T. Henry Wilson, Jr. Field 700 1992 Team Field at Alumni Stadium 2,000
Dayton University of Dayton Arena 13,435 Woerner Field 500 Baujan Field 2,000
Duquesne UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse 3,500 Non-baseball school Rooney Field 2,200
Fordham Rose Hill Gymnasium 3,200 Houlihan Park 500 Coffey Field 7,000
George Mason EagleBank Arena 10,000 Spuhler Field 900 George Mason Stadium 5,000
George Washington Smith Center 4,338 Barcroft Park 1,000 Mount Vernon Athletic Fields
La Salle Tom Gola Arena 3,400 Non-baseball school McCarthy Stadium 7,500
Loyola Chicago Joseph J. Gentile Arena 4,963 Non-baseball school Loyola Soccer Park 1,000
Massachusetts Mullins Center 9,493 Earl Lorden Field Rudd Field 2,000
Rhode Island Ryan Center 8,000 Bill Beck Field 1,000 URI Soccer Complex 1,547
Richmond Robins Center 7,201 Malcolm U. Pitt Field 600 Presidents Field 500
St. Bonaventure Reilly Center 5,480 Fred Handler Park McGraw-Jennings Field
Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena 4,200 Smithson Field 400 Sweeney Field 3,000
Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena 10,600 Billiken Sports Center 500 Hermann Stadium 6,050
VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center 7,617 The Diamond 9,560 Sports Backers Stadium 3,250

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