- East Coast Conference (Division I)
The East Coast Conference was an NCAA
Division I college athletic conference. It was founded as the Middle Atlantic Conference in 1958. In 1974, the name was changed to the East Coast Conference. [http://hoopstuff.uri.udayton.edu/] In 1994, it was absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference, though Hofstra instead decided to join the North Atlantic Conference. None of the ECC schools which joined the Mid-Con (now The Summit League) are still in the conference today.
According to the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation's web site (http://www.mascac.org/history.html), the East Coast Conference was not a part of the MAC. 11 of the 12 University Division members left to form the original ECC in 1974.
"June 4-6, 1974 - The first major schism to be focused on this study occurs when the MAC University Division, comprised of 12 members, loses 11 members who leave to form their own conference (East Coast Conference). American, Bucknell, Delaware, Drexel, Lafayette, La Salle, Lehigh, Rider, St. Joseph's, Temple and West Chester all leave. Gettysburg, which opts to join the College Division, is the only University Division institution to remain."
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