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ETSU officially begins membership in Atlantic Sun Conference
Thursday, June 30, 2005
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (
The Buccaneers, who had been members of the Southern Conference since 1979, enjoyed a successful tenure in the SoCon. ETSU won over 75 conference team championships and had over 60 student-athletes earn Player of the Year honors during their time in that conference. However, the Bucs are eager to begin a new chapter in the storied history of ETSU athletics.
"Our program went through this over two decades ago when we moved from the Ohio Valley Conference to the Southern," said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins. "That move was exciting for our program and we think the same will be true of our move to the Atlantic Sun. We have already taken a leadership role in the A-Sun and we look forward to growing our programs and being part of the long-term success of our new conference."
The Atlantic Sun Conference and its 11 teams stretch from
For the A-Sun, success on the field of play has been important and the conference has a strong tradition of NCAA Tournament success. In baseball, the conference annually places multiple teams in the NCAA Tournament, and in recent years, the conference has done the same in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Today, the schools that comprise the A-Sun include
Buccaneer fans are encouraged to learn more about these schools by visiting ETSUBucs.com or AtlanticSun.org. ETSU will be hosting the A-Sun Men's Basketball Tournament in both 2006 and 2007. The 2006 event will be played from March 2-4.