For 35 years, the Atlantic Sun Conference has supported its member institutions in providing intercollegiate athletics programs committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets it mission by maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement, creating a balance between student and athlete. Adding an emphasis on sportsmanship in the competitive arena and fostering leadership opportunities through community service, the A-Sun, its member institutions and its student-athletes aim for an overall educational experience that is successful in Building Winners for Life.
The student-athletes of the A-Sun consistently achieve academic accolades on a national level...
- As a whole, 64 percent of all student-athletes earned All-Academic status after achieving at least a 3.0 GPA last year. Each of the totals for Presidential Scholar (3.8+ GPA), Commissioner Scholar (3.6-3.79 GPA) and Conference Scholar (3.4-3.59 GPA)were above those for 2011-12. The A-Sun recognized 1,500 student-athletes as All-Academic selections, a total also up from last year by 84.
- For the fourth consecutive year, the A-Sun had at least 90 percent of its teams earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or better.
- The Atlantic Sun Conference set a new high with seven teams receiving the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season by their maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. The A-Sun’s total ranks it in a tie for second among the 31 NCAA Division I conferences.
... while performing at a high level in the competitive arena ...
- The A-Sun placed a conference record of four women’s basketball teams in postseason play (Stetson - NCAA, FGCU - WNIT, Mercer and Northern Kentucky - WBI).
- The Jacksonville women’s track and field team won a conference record seventh consecutive indoor and outdoor track and field titles.
- FGCU men’s basketball’s historic postseason run includes its first A-Sun title, becoming the first 15-seed to make the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and the first A-Sun team to advance to the Sweet 16.
- Softball continued its pursuit of becoming a multi-bid sport in 2013 as the league posted the eighth-best RPI in the NCAA, its fifth straight season being ranked in the top-12 and boasted seven top-100 teams including conference champion USC Upstate (41).
- Men’s Golf continues to grow into one of the conference’s strongest national sports. North Florida became the first A-Sun team to claim a NCAA Regional title in Tallahassee, while Kennesaw State also returned to the NCAA Regionals for the third straight year. Representatives of four schools also participated in NCAA Regional play in 2013. Additionally, North Florida’s appearance in the NCAA Championship ups the A-Sun’s total to at least one team in the final round in nine of the last 10 years.
- The A-Sun conducted its inaugural season of women’s lacrosse, the second of three sports the A-Sun has added since 2011. Men’s lacrosse begins its inaugural season in 2013-14. The A-Sun also became the first Division I conference to receive an automatic bid to the AVCA Sand Volleyball National Championship.
...and preparing themselves to become valuable members of their community .
- A total of 84 A-Sun teams met or exceeded the most recent four-year Division I APR of 974. While all exceeded the standard APR multi-year average of 900, even when using the projected future APR multi-year standard of 930, 98 percent of the 155 A-Sun teams in the 2011-12 measure posted above the average.
- The ninth annual Atlantic Sun Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) fundraising competition raised more than $56,000 to benefit charities selected by the SAAC at each of the 10 A-Sun institutions. The total shatters the previous high mark of 22,209.68, set just last year.
- Six Atlantic Sun Conference member institutions were named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, two with distinction. That number also places the A-Sun among the top half of Division I conferences, as only 12 of 31 conferences had six or more schools recognized.
- The A-Sun has successfully placed 17 individuals on NCAA committees. The conference is the only one in the nation to post Faculty Athletics Representatives on both the Leadership and Legislative Councils.
- Since opening in 1997, Florida Gulf Coast University has amassed more than 1 million service-learning hours and earned national recognition for its program.
Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.