North Coast Athletic Conference

North Coast Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
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Established 1983
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 10
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 11; women's: 11)
Region Great Lakes
Headquarters Westlake, Ohio
Commissioner Keri Alexander Luchowski
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The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference composed of schools located in the Midwestern United States. When founded in 1984, the NCAC was a pioneer in gender equality, offering competition in a then-unprecedented ten women's sports. Today, the conference remains true to that legacy, sponsoring 22 sports, 11 each for men and women.

The NCAC is respected for the academic strength of its member institutions—all member institutions have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. In its most recent college rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized all ten members as top-tier liberal arts colleges, and ranked five NCAC institutions among the nation's top 70 such colleges. Additionally, six of the colleges in the conference (Allegheny, Denison, Hiram, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash, and Wooster) are profiled in "Colleges That Change Lives", a collection of 40 small colleges in the United States that author Loren Pope argues have better academic and personal outcomes and are far more student-centric then traditional top colleges and universities.

Former members include Earlham College, which left the conference in 2010 for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.


Member schools

The league currently has ten full members:

Institution Location Team Name Colors Founded Affiliation Enrollment US News ranking [1] Forbes Top Colleges [2]
Allegheny College Meadville, Pennsylvania Gators           1815 Private/Methodist 2,100 #93 #153
Denison University Granville, Ohio Big Red           1831 Private/Non-sectarian 2,100 #29 #109
DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana Tigers           1837 Private/Methodist 2,350 #53 #50
Hiram College Hiram, Ohio Terriers           1850 Private/Disciples of Christ 1,395 #152 #168
Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio Lords, Ladies           1824 Private/Episcopal 1,640 #33 #43
Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio Yeomen, Yeowomen           1833 Private/Non-sectarian 2,850 #24 #72
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio Battling Bishops           1842 Private/Methodist 1,850 #105 #226
Wabash College* Crawfordsville, Indiana Little Giants           1832 Private/Non-sectarian 850 #53 #86
Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio Tigers           1845 Private/Lutheran 2,050 #114 #189
The College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio Fighting Scots           1866 Private/Presbyterian 1,827 #71 #99

* Wabash is an all-male institution, so the NCAC has at most nine teams competing in women's sports.

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