The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is a 13-member NCAA Division III athletic conference sponsoring 20 conference championships and 3,200-plus student-athletes. Current members are: Albertus Magnus College, Anna Maria College, Colby-Sawyer College, Emmanuel College, Johnson & Wales University (R.I.), Lasell College, Norwich University, Regis College, Rivier University, University of Saint Joseph (CT), Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Simmons University, and Suffolk University.
Originally consisting of 11 founding institutions in 1995, there were six programs competing in men's sports (Albertus Magnus College, Daniel Webster College, Emerson College, Endicott College, Johnson & Wales (R.I.), and Rivier University. The six were joined by, at the time all-female institutions, Emmanuel College, Pine Manor College, University of Saint Joseph (CT), Simmons College, and Suffolk University to form the 11-member conference. In 1998, the conference expanded to 14 schools to include Norwich University, Western New England College, Southern Vermont College, while welcoming men's sports at Suffolk University.
The GNAC welcomed Lasell College, Mount Ida College, and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2007, before Anna Maria College joined in fall of 2011. The conference continued its expansion in 2017, bringing in Regis College then Colby-Sawyer College in 2018 to bring it where it stands today with 13 full-time members to go along with 12 associate members.
Phil Rowe of Daniel Webster College was elected the conference’s first commissioner in 1995. He was succeeded by Jim Domoracki of Rivier in the fall of 1996. Dave Morris of Johnson & Wales was elected in June 1997. Donna Ruseckas of Daniel Webster took over for Morris in July 1999. Mike Theulen of Western New England served from August 2000 to August 2001. John Parente of Johnson & Wales served from August 2001 until Joe Walsh became commissioner in August of 2005.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.
Championships Sponsored - 20
Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Soccer, Men's Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Men's Track and Field, Men's Volleyball, Softball, Women's Basketball, Women's Cross Country, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming and Diving, Women's Tennis, Women's Track and Field, and Women's Volleyball.
Full-Time Member Institutions
|Albertus Magnus College||New Haven, Conn.||1925||1,500||Falcons||Royal Blue & White|
|Anna Maria College||Paxton, Mass.||1946||1,500||Amcats||Cardinal & White|
|Colby-Sawyer College||New London, N.H.||1837||1,043||Chargers||Royal Blue & White|
|Emmanuel College||Boston, Mass.||1919||1,850||Saints||Royal Blue & Gold|
|Johnson & Wales University||Providence, R.I.||1914||8,564||Wildcats||Blue & Gold|
|Lasell College||Newton, Mass.||1851||2,200||Lasers||Columbia Blue, Navy & White|
|Norwich University||Northfield, Vt.||1819||2,300||Cadets||Maroon & Gold|
|Regis College||Weston, Mass.||1927||2,748||Pride||Crimson & Gold|
|Rivier University||Nashua, N.H.||1933||2,520||Raiders||Navy, White & Gray|
|University of Saint Joseph (CT)||West Hartford, Conn.||1932||2,405||Blue Jays||Blue & Gold|
|Saint Joseph's College of Maine||Standish, Maine||1912||1,015||Monks||Royal Blue & White|
|Simmons University||Boston, Mass.||1899||1,900||Sharks||Blue & Gold|
|Suffolk University||Boston, Mass.||1906||8,046||Rams||Blue & Gold|
Associate Member Institutions
|Eastern Nazarene College||Quincy, Mass.||Lions||Men's & Women's Tennis||New England Collegiate Conference|
|Elms College||Chicopee, Mass.||Blazers||Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving||New England Collegiate Conference|
|Emerson College||Boston, Mass.||Lions||Men's Volleyball||New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference|
|Husson University||Bangor, Maine||Eagles||Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving||North Atlantic Conference|
|Massachusetts-Dartmouth||N. Dartmouth, Mass.||Corsairs||Men's Golf||Little East Conference|
|Ramapo College of New Jersey||Mahwah, N.J.||Roadrunners||Men's Tennis||New Jersey Athletic Conference|
|Rhode Island College||Providence, R.I.||Anchormen||Men's Golf||Little East Conference|
|Rutgers University - Camden||Camden, N.J.||Scarlet Raptors||Men's Tennis||New Jersey Athletic Conference|
|Rutgers University - Newark||Newark, N.J.||Scarlet Raiders||Men's Tennis||New Jersey Athletic Conference|
|University of Southern Maine||Portland, Maine||Huskies||Men's Golf||Little East Conference|
|Wentworth Institute of Technology||Boston, Mass.||Leopards||Men's Volleyball||Commonwealth Coast Conference|