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This Is The GNAC

History

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.


Mission Statement

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

School Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors
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

School Location Nickname Sport Primary Conference
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