Sunshine State Conference
Sunshine State Conference logo.svg
AssociationNCAA
Founded1975
CommissionerEd Pasque (since 2014)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
DivisionDivision II
No. of teams11
HeadquartersMelbourne, Florida
RegionFlorida
Official websitesunshinestateconference.com
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

The Sunshine State Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. All of its member institutions are located in the state of Florida, which is popularly known as the Sunshine State.

The conference was originally formed in 1975 as a men's basketball conference. It has since expanded to sponsor championships in 18 sports, including men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball.

SSC institutions have won a total of 111 NCAA national team championships, including a conference record seven in the 2014–15 and 2018–19 academic years.[1] The conference has also claimed a total of 90 national runner-up trophies.[2]

History

See also: Sunshine State Conference men's basketball tournament

The conference was preceded by the Florida Intercollegiate Conference,[citation needed] which was disbanded in the mid-1960s. The Sunshine State Conference was founded in 1975 by Saint Leo University (then Saint Leo College) basketball coach & athletic director Norm Kaye. Kaye served as Commissioner the first year until Dick Pace was named Commissioner in 1976. Kaye continued as Executive Director of the Conference for an additional 12 years. Pace was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

The six charter Conference members were: Biscayne College (now St. Thomas University), Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida), Eckerd College, Florida Southern College, Rollins College, and Saint Leo College.

The Conference has seen dozens of athletes go on to have successful professional careers. Some examples include: Current PGA Tour players Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate went to Florida Southern. Janzen won golf's U.S. Open in 1993 & 1998; on the baseball side are Tino Martinez (Tampa), Tim Wakefield (Florida Tech), Ryan Hanigan (Rollins), Bob Tewksbury (Saint Leo), and J. D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern). Wakefield tied a career high of 17 wins pitching for the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and Tewksbury was third in balloting for the National League Cy Young Award while going 16–5 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992.

Chronological timeline

Sunshine State Conference
Location of members:
Location dot orange.svg

Member schools

Current members

The SSC currently has 11 full members, all are private schools:

Institution Location[a] Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Colors
Barry University Miami Shores 1940 Catholic 9,030 Buccaneers 1988      
Eckerd College St. Petersburg 1958 Presbyterian 1,850 Tritons 1975    
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach 1926 Nonsectarian 6,794 Eagles 2015[b]    
Florida Southern College Lakeland 1883 United Methodist 2,185 Moccasins 1975    
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne 1958 Nonsectarian 6,451 Panthers 1981    
Lynn University Boca Raton 1962 Nonsectarian 2,297 Fighting Knights 1997[c]    
Nova Southeastern University Davie 1964 Nonsectarian 24,148 Sharks 2002[d]    
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach 1968 Christian 3,764 Sailfish 2015[e]    
Rollins College Winter Park 1885 Nonsectarian 2,946 Tars 1975    
Saint Leo University St. Leo 1889 Catholic 2,235 Lions 1975    
University of Tampa Tampa 1931 Nonsectarian 7,600 Spartans 1981      
Notes
  1. ^ All cities are located in the State of Florida.
  2. ^ The Embry–Riddle men's and women's basketball teams joined the SSC two years after becoming a full member for other sports (2017–18).
  3. ^ The Lynn men's and women's basketball teams joined the SSC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (1998–99).
  4. ^ The Nova Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams joined the SSC two years after becoming a full member for other sports (2004–05).
  5. ^ The Palm Beach Atlantic men's and women's basketball teams joined the SSC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (2016–17).

Former members

The SSC had three former full members, all but one were public schools:

Institution Location[a] Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
University of Central Florida Orlando 1963 Public 68,571 Knights 1975 1984 The American[b]
(Big 12[b] in 2023)
University of North Florida Jacksonville 1969 Public 16,309 Ospreys 1992[c] 1997 Atlantic Sun (ASUN)[b]
St. Thomas University Miami Gardens 1961 Catholic 1,750 Bobcats 1975 1987 The Sun[d]
Notes
  1. ^ All cities were located in the State of Iowa.
  2. ^ a b c Currently an NCAA Division I athletic conference.
  3. ^ The North Florida men's and women's basketball teams joined the SSC a year after becoming a full member for other sports (1993–94).
  4. ^ Currently an NAIA athletic conference.

Membership timeline

Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityEmbry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona BeachNova Southeastern UniversityLynn UniversityUniversity of North FloridaBarry UniversityUniversity of TampaFlorida Institute of TechnologySt. Thomas University (Florida)University of Central FloridaSaint Leo UniversityRollins CollegeFlorida Southern CollegeEckerd College

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Conference facilities

Institution Arena Capacity
Barry Health and Sports Center 1,938
Embry–Riddle ICI Center 1,968
Eckerd McArthur Center 1,000
Florida Southern Jenkins Field House 2,500
Florida Tech Clemente Center 1,500
Lynn de Hoernle Center 1,000
Nova Southeastern Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center 5,500
Palm Beach Atlantic Rubin Arena 2,000
Rollins Warden Arena 2,500
Saint Leo Marion Bowman Activities Center 2,000
Tampa Bob Martinez Sports Center 3,432

National Championships

Sunshine State Conference schools have won 114 NCAA Division II National Championships.

Championships by year

Year Titles Team
2009–10 3 Florida Southern golf (M) • Nova Southeastern golf (W) • Barry tennis (M)
2010–11 2 Nova Southeastern golf (W) • Barry tennis (W)
2011–12 2 Nova Southeastern golf (M) • Nova Southeastern golf (W)
2012–13 6 Tampa baseball • Barry golf (M) • Lynn golf (W) • Nova Southeastern rowing • Lynn soccer (M) • Barry tennis (M)
2013–14 3 Barry golf (M) • Lynn golf (W) • Barry tennis (W)
2014–15 7 Tampa baseball • Florida Southern basketball (M) • Nova Southeastern golf (M) • Barry rowing • Lynn soccer (M) • Barry tennis (M) • Tampa volleyball
2015–16 5 Nova Southeastern baseball • Saint Leo golf (M) • Rollins golf (W) • Florida Southern lacrosse (W) • Barry rowing
2016–17 3 Barry tennis (W)[4] • Barry golf (W) • Florida Southern golf (M)
2017–18 2 Barry tennis (W)[5] • Lynn golf (M)[6]
2018–19 7 Barry soccer (M)[7] • Tampa volleyball[8] • Florida Tech golf (W)[9] • Lynn golf (M)[10] • Barry tennis (M)[11] • Barry tennis (W)[12] • Tampa baseball[13]

Championships by school

School NCAA
Titles
Most Recent
Florida Southern 30 2017 — Men's Golf
Barry 24 2021 — Women's Tennis/Men's Tennis
Tampa 18 2021 — Volleyball
Rollins 15 2016 — Women's Golf
Lynn 14* 2019 — Men's Golf
Nova Southeastern 8 2016 — Baseball
Florida Tech 3 2019 — Women's Golf
Saint Leo 1 2016 — Men's Golf
North Florida 1 1994 — Women's Tennis

Controversy

On July 17, 2007, NCAA vacated Lynn's 2005 Women's Division II Softball Championship due to extra benefits given to two players. The NCAA found that former coach Thomas Macera gave two Lynn softball players cash payments totaling more than $3,000. Lynn was also placed on probation for two years.[14] As of 2019-20 Lynn University has won 15 national championships at the Division II level, but now the NCAA recognizes only 14 of them because of the unsanctioned actions.

Mayors' Cup Champions

The Mayors' Cup was originally presented following the 1986-1987 academic year to recognize the annual SSC all-sports champion. The men's division recognizes competition in eight sports: soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, lacrosse and baseball. The Women's Mayors' Cup recognizes competition in nine sports: volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, softball and rowing.[15]

Sports

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY Green tickY
Rowing Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & Diving Green tickY Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
country
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& diving
Tennis Total
SSC
sports
Barry Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY* Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY* Green tickY 7*
Eckerd Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Embry–Riddle Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Florida Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Florida Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lynn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Nova Southeastern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Palm Beach Atlantic Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Rollins Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Saint Leo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Tampa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 11 11 8 10 8 11 8 8 77

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
country
Golf Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming
& diving
Tennis Volleyball Total
SSC
sports
Barry Green tickY Green tickY* Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY* Green tickY Green tickY 9*
Eckerd Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Embry–Riddle Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Florida Southern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Florida Tech Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Lynn Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Nova Southeastern Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Palm Beach Atlantic Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Rollins Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Saint Leo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Tampa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Totals 11 8 10 8 4 11 11 8 10 11 94

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Track
& field
indoor
Track
& field
outdoor
Beach
volleyball
Track
& field
indoor
Track
& field
outdoor
Barry IND
Eckerd IND
Embry–Riddle IND PBC IND PBC
Florida Southern IND IND IND IND IND
Lynn IND IND
Nova Southeastern PBC PBC
Palm Beach Atlantic IND IND IND
Saint Leo IND IND IND
Tampa IND IND IND

References

  1. ^ "SSC Collects NCAA Division II Best Seven National Titles in 2018-19". July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sunshine State Conference National Champions". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "About The SSC". July 29, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "Barry Women's Tennis Defeats Lynn to Win NCAA Championship". Sunshine State Conference. May 13, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "Barry Women's Tennis Claims Fourth National Title in Eight Years". May 12, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lynn Wins 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Title". May 25, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Barry Men's Soccer Rallies For First National Championship". December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tampa Defeats Western Washington to Capture Third Volleyball Title". December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Florida Tech Women's Golf Wins 2019 National Championship". May 18, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Lynn Men's Golf Tops Lincoln Memorial for NCAA Title". May 25, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Barry Men's Tennis Rallies For Fourth National Championship". May 25, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Barry Men's Tennis Rallies For Fourth National Championship". May 25, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tampa Baseball Wins the 2019 NCAA D2 National Championship". June 8, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "NCAA vacates Lynn's 2005 softball title", Palm Beach Post Staff, Palm Beach Post, July 17, 2007
  15. ^ "Sunshine State Conference Mayors' Cup". Retrieved July 1, 2018.