Great Northeast Athletic Conference

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Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Great Northeast Athletic Conference logo
Established 1995
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 13
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
Region New England
Headquarters Winthrop, Massachusetts
Commissioner Joe Walsh (since 2005)
Great Northeast Athletic Conference locations

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. Member institutions are located in New England in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Albertus Magnus College New Haven, Connecticut 1925 1,769 Falcons 1995
Anna Maria College Paxton, Massachusetts 1946 1,444 AMCats 2011
Colby–Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire 1837 1,415 Chargers 2018
Emmanuel College Boston, Massachusetts 1919 2,598 Saints 1995
Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island 1914 16,000 Wildcats 1995
Lasell College Newton, Massachusetts 1851 1,800 Lasers 2007
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont 1819 3,000 Cadets 1998
Regis College Weston, Massachusetts 1927 1,811 Pride 2017
Rivier University Nashua, New Hampshire 1933 2,300 Raiders 1995
University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, Connecticut 1932 2,467 Blue Jays 1995
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Standish, Maine 1912 2,034 Monks 2007
Simmons College Boston, Massachusetts 1899 4,912 Sharks 1995
Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts 1906 16,095 Rams 1995
  • Simmons College — women's institution, does not field men's sports.
  • Suffolk — men's sports joined in 1998.
  • St. Joseph (CT) — added men's sports in 2018.

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Sport Primary
Elms College Chicopee, Massachusetts 1899 1,713 Blazers 2004 swimming & diving (W) New England
Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts 1880 4,290 Lions 2013 volleyball (M) NEWMAC
Husson University Bangor, Maine 1898 3,100 Eagles 2005 swimming & diving (W) North Atlantic
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Dartmouth, Massachusetts 1895 9,432 Corsairs 2007 golf (M) Little East
Ramapo College Mahwah, New Jersey 1969 5,233 Roadrunners 2013 tennis (M) New Jersey
Rhode Island College Providence, Rhode Island 1854 9,000 Anchormen 2007 golf (M) Little East
Rutgers University–Camden Camden, New Jersey 1950 5,450 Scarlet Raptors 2014 tennis (M) New Jersey
Rutgers University–Newark Newark, New Jersey 1945 10,500 Scarlet Raiders 2013 tennis (M) New Jersey
University of Southern Maine Gorham, Maine 1878 10,974 Huskies 2007 golf (M) Little East
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts 1904 3,728 Leopards 2011 volleyball (M) Commonwealth Coast
Worcester State University Worcester, Massachusetts 1874 5,470 Lancers 2012 golf (M) MASCAC
  • Emerson College — was a full member in 1995–2013.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, Connecticut 1876 Bears 1995 1996 NEWMAC
Daniel Webster College Nashua, New Hampshire 1965 Eagles 1995 2008 N/A (ceased operations)
Endicott College Beverly, Massachusetts 1939 Gulls 1995 1999 Commonwealth Coast
Mount Ida College Newton, Massachusetts 1899 Mustangs 2007 2018 N/A (ceased operations)
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1911 Gators 1995 2012 ACAA
Southern Vermont College Bennington, Vermont 1926 Mountaineers 1998 2006 NECC
Western New England University Springfield, Massachusetts 1919 Golden Bears 1998 2007 Commonwealth Coast

Membership timeline

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


The GNAC sponsors championships in 17 intercollegiate athletic sports. The conference also sponsors a men's swimming & diving invitational.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Field Hockey Green tickY
Golf Green tickY
Lacrosse Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Swimming & diving Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY Green tickY


External links

  • Official website
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