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Old Dominion Athletic Conference
ODAC
""Old Dominion Athletic Conference logo
Established 1975
Association "NCAA
Division "Division III
Members 14 (4 associate members)
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 13
Region "South Atlantic
Former names Virginia College Conference
Headquarters "Forest, Virginia
Commissioner Brad Bankston
Website odaconline.com
Locations
""Old Dominion Athletic Conference locations

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is an "NCAA "Division III athletic conference. Of its 14 member schools, all but one are located in "Virginia; the other full member is in "North Carolina. The conference also has four associate members in "Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and "Washington, D.C..

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History[edit]

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ODAC logo from 1976 to 2010

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 1981, "Catholic University joined the conference after leaving "Division I's "Colonial Athletic Association. In 1988, Virginia Wesleyan was added as a member, and, in 1990, Guilford became the first member located outside D.C. and Virginia. "Maryville College was an all-sports member in the 1980s. In 1989 Catholic left the conference to become a charter member of the "Capital Athletic Conference, returning in 1999 as a football-only member.[1] The next school to leave the conference was "Mary Baldwin College, which left in 1999 to join the "Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference.

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.[2]

The league office moved its physical location from "Salem, Virginia, to "Forest, Virginia, just outside centrally located Lynchburg, and contracted with Jim Ward Design for its new marks.[3]

On March 3, 2015, Sweet Briar College announced it was to close (cease operations) at the end of the 2015 summer session.[4] However, on June 20, 2015, the Virginia Attorney General announced a mediation agreement that will keep Sweet Briar College open for the 2015–16 academic year.[5] Sweet Briar reactivated its sports teams in the 2015-16 season and remained a full member of the ODAC.

On September 29, 2015, it was announced that Catholic University would withdraw in 2017 as associate member to join the new football league at the "New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.[6]

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.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Football? Joined
"Bridgewater College "Bridgewater, Virginia "Eagles 1880 Private 1,690 Yes 1976
"Eastern Mennonite University "Harrisonburg, Virginia "Royals 1917 Private 998 No 1976
"Emory & Henry College "Emory, Virginia "Wasps 1836 Private 1,000 Yes 1976
"Guilford College "Greensboro, North Carolina "Quakers 1837 Private 2,682 Yes 1991
"Hampden–Sydney College^ "Hampden Sydney, Virginia "Tigers 1775 Private 1,120 Yes 1976
"Hollins University†% "Roanoke, Virginia "*None* 1842 Private 816 No 1982
"Lynchburg College "Lynchburg, Virginia "Hornets 1903 Private 2,500 No 1976
"Randolph College* "Lynchburg, Virginia "WildCats 1891 Private 522 No 1982
"Randolph–Macon College "Ashland, Virginia "Yellow Jackets 1830 Private 1,146 Yes 1976
"Roanoke College "Salem, Virginia "Maroons 1842 Private 2,100 No 1976
"Shenandoah University "Winchester, Virginia "Hornets 1875 Private 2800 Yes 2012
"Sweet Briar College "Sweet Briar, Virginia "Vixens 1901 Private 530 No 1982
"Virginia Wesleyan University "Virginia Beach, Virginia "Marlins 1961 Private 1,446 No 1989
"Washington and Lee University "Lexington, Virginia "Generals 1749 Private 2,200 Yes 1976
Notes

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.
^ - Men's college, therefore not competing in women's sports.
% - Hollins University does not have an athletic nickname.
* - Formerly Randolph-Macon Woman's College prior to 2008, now co-educational.

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary conference ODAC sport(s)
"Ferrum College[a] "Ferrum, Virginia "Panthers 1913 Private 1,100 2015-16 "USA South men's swimming
women's swimming
"Greensboro College "Greensboro, North Carolina "Pride 1838 Private 1,250 2011-12 "USA South women's swimming
"Notre Dame of Maryland University "Baltimore, Maryland "Gators 1873 Private 4,878 2011-12 "CSAC women's swimming
"Southern Virginia University "Buena Vista, Virginia "Knights 1867 Private 928 2019-20 "CAC football
  1. ^ Will become a full ODAC member in the 2018–19 school year.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current conference
"Catholic University "Washington, D.C. "Cardinals 1887 Private 3,469 1981 1989 "Landmark
"Maryville College "Maryville, Tennessee "Scots 1819 Private 1,176 1980 1988 "USA South
"Mary Baldwin College "Staunton, Virginia "Fighting Squirrels 1842 Private 2,542 1984 1992 "USA South

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left ODAC sport(s) Current conference
in former ODAC sport(s)
"Catholic University "Washington, D.C. "Cardinals 1887 Private 3,469 1999 2017 Football "NEWMAC

Membership timeline[edit]

Southern Virginia University Ferrum College Shenandoah University Notre Dame of Maryland University Greensboro College Guilford College Virginia Wesleyan College Mary Baldwin College Sweet Briar College Randolph College Hollins University The Catholic University of America Maryville College Washington and Lee University Roanoke College Randolph–Macon College Lynchburg College Hampden–Sydney College Emory and Henry College Eastern Mennonite University Bridgewater College

Purple denotes football playing member.
Green denotes non-football playing member.
Red denotes associate member (football-only).
Blue denotes associate member (swimming only).

Sports[edit]

The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
"Baseball
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"Basketball
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"Cross Country
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"Equestrian
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"Field Hockey
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"Football
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"Golf
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"Lacrosse
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"Soccer
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"Softball
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"Swimming
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"Tennis
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"Track and field (indoor)
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"Track and field (outdoor)
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"Volleyball
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