- Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Established 1975 Association NCAA Division Division III Members 13 Sports fielded 22 (men's: 10; women's: 12) Region South Atlantic Former names Virginia College Conference Headquarters Forest, Virginia Commissioner Brad Bankston Website odaconline.com Locations
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Its member schools are located primarily in Virginia, with other members in North Carolina and Washington, DC. Only the American Southwest Conference in Texas is larger in Division III.
The conference was founded in 1975 as the Virginia College Conference. On January 1, 1976, the name was changed to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 1976–77 season was the first in which championships were offered. In 1982–83, women's sports were added. In 1988, Virginia Wesleyan was added as a member, and, in 1990, Guilford became the first member located outside Virginia. In 1999, Catholic was admitted as a football-only member.
The only school that has left the conference is Mary Baldwin College, which left in 1999 to join the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference. Catholic University was a fulls-sport member in the 1980s along with Maryville College (Tenn). Both resigned their memberships in the mid- to late 80s.
In 2010 the ODAC announced the addition of Shenandoah University to its full-time membership, with its first full year of involvement during the 2012-13 academic year, the league office moved its physical location from Salem, Virginia, to Forest, Virginia, just outside of centrally located Lynchburg, and contracted with Jim Ward Design for its new marks
The conference hosts the Division III championships in football and men's basketball, both of which are held in Salem, Virginia. DIII softball has called Salem home along with Division III women's lacrosse and volleyball. Since 1993 - the conference and city have hosted over 50 Division III National Championships.
College Enrollment Nickname Football? Location Bridgewater College 1,690 Eagles Yes Bridgewater, VA Eastern Mennonite University 998 Royals No Harrisonburg, VA Emory and Henry College 981 Wasps Yes Emory, VA Guilford College 2,682 Quakers Yes Greensboro, NC Hampden–Sydney College^ 1,120 Tigers Yes Hampden-Sydney, VA Hollins University† 816 *None* No Roanoke, VA Lynchburg College 2,500 Hornets No Lynchburg, VA Randolph College 522 Wildcats No Lynchburg, VA Randolph–Macon College 1,146 Yellow Jackets Yes Ashland, VA Roanoke College 2,100 Maroons No Salem, VA Sweet Briar College† 724 Vixens No Amherst, VA Virginia Wesleyan College 1,446 Marlins No Virginia Beach, VA Washington and Lee University 2,200 Generals Yes Lexington, VA
† Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports
^ Men's college, therefore not competing in women's sports
College Enrollment Nickname Sport Location Catholic University 3,469 Cardinals Football Washington, DC
The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:
- men's and women's basketball
- men's and women's soccer
- men's and women's lacrosse
- men's and women's indoor track and field
- men's and women's outdoor track and field
- men's and women's tennis
- men's and women's cross country
- field hockey
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