On March 2, 1975, the idea of what is now the Atlantic 10 Conference was conceived. What started as an eight-school, men’s basketball-only affiliation has grown into a 13-university, 21-sport league that is universally hailed as one of the best conferences in the country.
That growth and prominence is a direct result of the ideals and commitments of the member institutions of the Atlantic 10 – The University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. The league will add one more to its ranks in 2014 when Davidson College becomes the 14th institution to join the A-10.
In 2012-13, the Atlantic 10 was continued to be proactive in navigating sweeping conference realignment, adding George Mason University for 2013 and Davidson College in 2014. The additions follow a very successful first year by Virginia Commonwealth University, which began full membership on July 1, 2012. The league continues to draw national praise for its decisions during conference realignment in selecting institutions driven by academics and basketball. The league was deemed the “winner” of conference realignment in 2011-12. The three additions were part of a five-year Strategic Initiative Plan that was adopted during the 2010-11 academic year.
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The 13 member institutions of the A-10 are united and strengthened by their diversity. Each is extraordinary in its educational mission, whether of a Catholic faith, a private university or a land grant institution. The varied pursuits of each member prove that there are many threads that weave the fabric for a great conference.
The Atlantic 10 Conference, with a total population of over 82 million people within its geographic footprint of seven states and the District of Columbia, will crown champions in 21 sports this year: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, women’s lacrosse, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball.
The presidents and chancellors of Atlantic 10 institutions, in conjunction with Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade, have made a strong commitment to making the academic and athletics equation a successful one. Over the years, the league membership has strived to better recognize the academic accomplishments of its student-athletes. The Commissioner's Honor Roll, which cites every Atlantic 10 student-athlete with a 3.5 grade point average or better, recognized a record 3,255 student-athletes in 2012-13.
The league sponsors Academic All-Conference teams in each of its sports and honors two student-athletes as the A-10 Student-Athletes of the Year. Moreover, the Atlantic 10 provides four postgraduate scholarship grants to qualified student-athletes. In 2012-13, nearly 200 student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference recognition, while Saint Louis’ Alejandro (Alex) Aleman, Shane Basen of Charlotte, Nicole Cherok of Duquesne and Sadie Wonders from Dayton were named Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. The Postgraduate Scholarship program has been so successful that the Atlantic 10’s Directors of Athletics recently voted to more than double the number of recipients to 10 individuals and increase the value each recipient receives to $7,000. The program will expand beginning with the 2014 honorees.
The Atlantic 10 Conference once again earned high marks in the latest Academic Progress Rates (APR). This includes ranking fifth among all 32 Division I Conferences with a 984 average, 10 points above the national average. The Atlantic 10 had 49 teams rated with perfect scores, up from 40 last year, and there were 106 teams with a score of 990 or better. In total, there were 184 conference teams with APR scores at or above the national average, representing 76 percent of all A-10 teams. Of the 21 championship sponsored sports in the Atlantic 10, 19 had a sport average at or above the national average. There were 54 A-10 programs that earned national APR public recognition from the for scores ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in APR scores and the league ranked fourth among all Division I conferences in number of teams publically recognized by the NCAA.
The Atlantic 10 boasted a second-place ranking in the single-year Graduation Success Rate (GSR) among all Division I leagues that was released in the Fall of 2012. Measured in a six-year window, 90 percent of freshman enrolling in an A-10 institution in 2005 graduated. Twelve of the league's institutions were above the national four-year GSR average of 8o percent and five of those programs, Dayton, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Xavier are all over 90 percent. The Atlantic 10 also rates in the Top 10 in men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball in the single-year GSR. The league is ninth nationally in men's basketball, graduating at a 74 percent rate, nearly 7 percent above the national average. In women's basketball the league ranks sixth with an incredible 96 percent graduation rate for its 2004 freshman class, 10 percent higher than the national average. In baseball, the A-10 is tied for third nationally with an 87 percent GSR, also 10 percent higher than the national average.
Saint Louis used three home runs to power its way to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship with a 7-4 victory over Charlotte. It is the third A-10 title for Saint Louis (2006, 2010 & 2013) and the Billikens earn the A-10’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. SLU, which dropped its opening game of the championship to Xavier on Thursday, won four games over the course of 24 hours to take the title. Saint Louis becomes the first teams since XU’s 2009 squad to win the championship out of the consolation bracket. SLU’s Alex Kelly was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after setting records for hits with 12 and RBI with 13. The Billikens as a team hit seven homeruns during the week, which ties a championship record, while their 92 hits in seven games is a championship best. Saint Louis played in the Columbia Regional where it lost host South Carolina and were knocked out of the tournament with a loss to Clemson.
In what was a historic season for the Atlantic 10 Conference, Saint Louis won its first A-10 title with a 62-56 win over league newcomer VCU in the first championship played in Barclays Center. The Billikens, who lost former coach Rick Majerus in December, were one of a record nine teams selected for the postseason, including five selections (VCU, Temple, Saint Louis, La Salle and Butler) into the NCAA Tournament. La Salle, which played in the opening round in Dayton beat Boise State to start a 6-0 streak for the A-10 that resulted in every team advancing to the third round. La Salle then picked up one more win and advanced to the Sweet 16, the sixth straight year the Atlantic 10 had a team in the Sweet 16. Charlotte, UMass and Saint Joseph’s all earned NIT bids and Richmond played in the CBI. The historic year saw seven different teams earn poll votes or get ranked, 10 teams in the Top 100 of the RPI and 16 wins over ranked opponents.
Natasha Cloud scored 15 points to help Saint Joseph's rally to beat Fordham, 47-46, and win the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship, earning the Hawks their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2000. This was the first year that the women, along with the men, played at Barclays Center. In the past the women played their tournament on four consecutive days in Philadelphia. Now these two teams had a six-day break to prepare for the final. The game was played in front of an A-10 Women's Basketball Championship record crowd of 4,436 fans. Seven Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball teams earned postseason berths. Dayton and Saint Joseph’s represented the Atlantic 10 in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Butler, Charlotte, Duquesne, Fordham and Richmond were also selected to take part in the 2013 WNIT. UD defeated St. John’s in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. The 96-90 win was the first double overtime game in the NCAA tournament since 2000 when Vanderbilt outlasted Kansas in the opening round. Charlotte and Fordham each advanced to the third round of the WNIT.
Butler University captured both the men’s and women’s titles at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships. The Butler women, led by junior individual winner Katie Clark, captured the championship with 37 points. Clark won the race with a time of 16:55.9. The Bulldog men also captured the league’s championship with 38 points. Temple’s Travis Mahoney was the individual winner with a time of 25:16.5. Butler coach Matt Roe was honored as both the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year.
Massachusetts upset defending A-10 champion Richmond, 5-0, to claim their 13th A-10 Field Hockey title at UMass’ Garber Field. The Minutewomen defeated Temple, 5-2, to advance to the final. Massachusetts earned its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 2-1 overtime victory over Rider in the NCAA Play-in. The Minutewomen fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 4-2, to No. 5 ranked Syracuse.
Charlotte captured its Atlantic 10 record seventh golf championship at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Florida. The 49ers also claimed the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. Menard and his teammates combined to shoot 278-285-281-844 to defeat second-place VCU by eight strokes. Temple finished third with a three day total of 861, while Xavier was fourth with a 291-287-285—863. The 49ers were led by individual medalist Raoul Menard who shot nine under par to win his second consecutive conference crown. Just a sophomore, Menard shot a 67-71-69—207, while becoming the eighth player in A-10 history to win two career league championships. Charlotte represented the A-10 at the NCAA Columbus Regional along with Xavier’s Korey Ward who earned an individual bid. Richmond’s Daniel Walker earned an at-large individual bid and finished second at the Tallahassee Regional that qualified him for the National Championship Tournament in Atlanta where he finished 93rd in a field of 156 players.
Massachusetts had one of the best seasons in Atlantic 10 history, posting a perfect A-10 record (7-0) and earnging rankings as high as eighth in the media poll and 12th in the coaches poll. The Minutewomen defeated Duquesne, 14-7 in the Atlantic 10 Championship game, to clinch their fifth consecutive A-10 title, and sixth overall. UMass, behind the potent offensive attack of two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Katie Ferris, earned the league’s first-ever automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. UMass defeated No. 18/19 UConn, 14-10 for Minutewomen’s first NCAA Tournament win since 1984. No. 7 ranked Penn State eliminated UMass from the NCAA Tournament Second Round with a 12-9 decision at the PSU Lacrosse Field.
Rhode Island rowing won its second straight Atlantic 10 Rowing Championship, scoring 49 total team points at the regatta, which was run Saturday at the Cooper River. The Rams clinch the A-10's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the Varsity 4 race and finishing second in both the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8. Massachusetts finished second with 45 points and George Washington was third with 44 points. George Washington coach Eric Carcich was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for the second straight year. GW won the Varsity 8 final and UMass claimed the Second Varsity 8, creating a close finish in team scoring. Just three points separated fourth through sixth, with Duquesne placing fourth with 32 points, Temple fifth with 31 and Dayton sixth with 30. Saint Joseph's (18), Fordham (12) and La Salle (80 rounded out the finish. Temple claimed the Varsity 8 Petite and Fordham took the Second Varsity 8 Petite. Fordham also captured the Varsity 4 Petite and UMass won the Varsity 4 B. Duquesne took the Novice 8 Final and the Novice 4 Final. The Minutewomen wrapped up the day with a win in the Pair Final.
Kingsley Bryce registered his third game-winning goal of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Championship to pace #2 Saint Louis to a 3-0 victory over #4 VCU and claim the program’s second Conference crown, at Charlotte’s Transamerica Field. For his efforts, Bryce was named the event’s Most Outstanding Performer. Saint Louis earned the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while VCU, Charlotte and Xavier garnered at-large bids, marking an A-10 record four teams in the 48 team field. Atlantic 10 men’s soccer teams dominated the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Men All-Mid-Atlantic Region team, claiming 24 of the 33 spots across the three teams. Charlotte had a league-leading five All-Region selections on the three teams, followed by VCU (4), La Salle (3), Saint Louis (3), Xavier (3), Duquesne (2), Temple (2), Fordham (1) and Butler (1). Saint Louis University head men's soccer coach Mike McGinty was tabbed the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year.
In an overtime thriller against A-10 newcomer VCU, top-seed La Salle Explorers found the back of the net off a header from junior Renee Washington to defeat the Rams 2-1 in the Championship finale. The Explorers, who are unbeaten in regular-season conference play dating back to the fall of 2010, earned their second consecutive NCAA appearance under the leadership of two-time A-10 Coach of the Year, Paul Royal. The second-seeded Dayton Flyers, hoping to clinch a fourth conference championship in as many years, fell short against VCU in a double-overtime loss that was decided by penalty kicks. The Explorers season ended with a 4-1 loss to the nationally-ranked Cavaliers of Virginia in the first round.
Fordham needed two games and had to hold off a late rally, but the Rams captured their second Atlantic 10 Softball Championship, defeating Saint Joseph’s, 6-5, in the second championship game at Massachusetts’ Sortino Field. Top-seeded SJU (37-10-1) won the first championship game on Saturday morning, 7-1, to force the second game. Second-seeded Fordham, who also won the title in 2011, earned the league’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Saturday in a slugfest, as home runs propelled both teams to wins. Fordham hit three homers in game two, a solo shot by Elise Fortier in the first, a two-run blast by the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player Paige Ortiz in the second inning and a Kayla Lombaro homer in the third that also plated two runs. Fordham was selected for the Norman Regional and opened the 2013 NCAA Softball Championship against Arkansas. Despite an A-10 single season record-breaking home run from Fortier in the top of the first inning to take an early lead, the Fordham Rams fell to Arkansas, 5-1, in the first game of the Regional. The Rams would then go on to defeat Marist, 5-3, before falling to the Razorbacks for a second time and thus ending their season with a record 36-23 (15-7).
SWIMMING & DIVING
The University of Richmond women captured the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship. The victory marks the third consecutive A-10 championship for the Spiders, and their 11th in the last 12 years. The Spiders finished with a total of 737 points, and were followed by second place finisher Massachusetts with 594 points. Richmond’s Mali Kobelja and Kelley Yang were named the Most Outstanding Performer and the Most Outstanding Rookie, respectively. Richmond’s Matt Barany was also honored as A-10 Coach of the Year.
The St. Bonaventure University men’s squad won the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship and earned its first championship since the 2005-06 season. The Bonnies finished with 688 points. Runner-up and six-time defending champion Massachusetts finished with 613 points. SBU’s Vatslav Lets, Mike Murphy and Viacheslav Shchukin were named the Most Outstanding Performer, Most Outstanding Diver and the Most Outstanding Rookie, respectively. St. Bonaventure’s Sean McNamee and Stephanie O’Callaghan were honored as the Coach of the Year and Diving Coach of the Year, respectively.
The VCU Rams earned their first A-10 conference championship title with a dominant run in the Women’s Tennis Championship, completing a 4-0 sweep of each of their opponents en route to an A-10 title and their 14th NCAA appearance. The Rams, led by Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Cindy Chala, carried a 13-match winning streak into their first round match against Tennessee, when they were handed a 4-0 loss, their first since February 24. On the men’s side, George Washington looked to clinch a third-straight conference crown. In a nearly five-hour marathon finale that was forced indoors by weather, the Colonials faced top-seed VCU for the title. GW, who trailed 3-1 in singles play, battled back to tie the match, forcing the deciding doubles round. The Rams secured the 4-3 victory and the A-10’s automatic berth to the their 20th NCAA appearance under Paul Kostin, who earned his 100th career victory. VCU dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Minnesota in the first round of NCAA play.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The Charlotte men’s track and field team overcame a day one deficit to capture the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship. The 49ers, led by four A-10 record breaking performances, finished with 190.5 points to lead the way. The 49ers finished in first place in eight events, while also taking the top three spots in the 60m dash. Leading the 49ers was senior Cordell Livingston, who was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer. Livingston finished first in the 60m hurdles (7.95) and long jump (7.44m). Runner-up Rhode Island finished with 166 points. Rounding out the standings was Saint Joseph’s (78), Butler (68), La Salle (60), Fordham (58), VCU (52), Temple (34), Massachusetts (28.5), Xavier (21), Saint Louis (15), and Richmond (9). Charlotte’s Chris Tate was voted the Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, while Robert Olesen was named the Coach of the Year.
The Charlotte women's track and field team successfully defended its title as it claimed the 2013 A-10 Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship. Charlotte finished with 142.5 points, placing first in five events. Leading the 49ers was sophomore Joann Blakney, who was also named Most Outstanding Performer of the championship. Blakney placed first in the 60m (7.47) and 200m (24.35), as well as the long jump (5.98m). Second-place Rhode Island finished with 89 points, followed by VCU in third with 86.5 points. Rounding out the standings was Dayton (76), Richmond (72), Duquesne (60), Saint Louis (55), Temple (52), Butler (39), Fordham (32), La Salle (24), Massachusetts (22.5), Saint Joseph’s (15), and Xavier (12.5). Charlotte’s Alvonna Blakney was named the Most Outstanding Rookie and Robert Olesen was honored as the Coach of the Year.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The University of Rhode Island men’s track & field team captured the 2013 A-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The victory marks the Rams’ second championship in the last three years and ninth overall. The Rams finished with 198 points and were led by strong performances on day two by first-place finishes from Mark Castilletti, Tyler Oliveira and Trent Baltzell. Castilletti won both the 110-meter hurdles (14.15) and the 400-meter hurdles (53.44). Crossing the line in 21.08, Oliveira was victorious in the 200-meters, while Baltzell won the Decathlon with 7,015 points. Defending champion Charlotte finished in second with 175 points. Charlotte’s Anthony Campbell was named the Most Outstanding Male Rookie Performer. Campbell set a new meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 49’09.25. Senior Jake Deaton was named the Most Outstanding Male Performer following his wins in the shot put (57’08.25) and discus (181’03). Rhode Island and Charlotte were followed by Butler (70), Temple (67), VCU (63), Saint Joseph’s (62), La Salle (51), Fordham (51), Massachusetts (37), Duquesne (34), Xavier (31), Saint Louis (9) and Richmond (6). La Salle’s Alfredo Santana was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer following individual victories in both the 5,000 meters (14:25.19) and the 10,000 meters (29:58.69). Rhode Island head coach John Copeland was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. Copeland has won the award seven times in Outdoor Track.
The Charlotte women's track and field team successfully defended their title and earned their seventh Atlantic 10 Outdoor title at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The women's team finished with a team score of 120.5. Charlotte picked up individual victories in the 100-meter Hurdles by Juanita Leto (13.93) and the 800-meters by Maraya Slatter (2:09.90) along with second-place finishes in the 100-meter Hurdles and the 400-meters. In second was Rhode Island with a team score of 98. Rounding out the standings were Duquesne and VCU with 97 points, followed by Dayton (88), Temple (68), Massachusetts (67), Saint Louis (64.5), Richmond (50), Butler (45), La Salle (30), Fordham (13), Xavier (10) and Saint Joseph's (10). VCU's Kiara Porter was named the A-10's Most Outstanding Track Performer after recording first-place finishes in the 200-meters (24.07) and the 400-meters (53.61). Porter was also a member of the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay teams that recorded victories. Brittney Edwards of Duquesne was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer after placing first in the Long Jump (5.95 meters) and second in the Triple Jump (12.44 meters). Olivia Pratt of Butler earned Rookie of the Year with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000 meters (17:04.14) and a first-place finish in the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:32.20. Charlotte's Robert Olesen picked up Coach of the Year honors.
Dayton cruised through the volleyball regular season with a perfect 14-0 conference record. The top-seeded Flyers beat No. 2 Xavier 3-2 (26-28, 19-25, 25-16, 25-14, 15-7) in the Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship finals at Duquesne. Xavier took a 2-0 lead early in the thrilling match before Dayton took sets three and four to force the decisive fifth set. The Flyers captured their fourth consecutive A-10 title, and eighth overall. This was the third straight year and fifth time overall that Dayton and Xavier met in the A-10 Championship finals. UD again overcame a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 win over Pepperdine in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships (15-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-9). The Flyers then came up just short in their second round match with Oregon Saturday falling to the No.5-seeded Ducks, 3-0 (15-25, 20-25, 21-25). Dayton senior Rachel Krabacher was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year while her teammate, senior Samantha Selsky was named Setter of the Year. Dayton Coach Kelly Sheffield was named Coach of the Year. All three award winners are repeats, as each won their respective awards in 2011 as well. Temple's Chelsea Tupuola was named Libero of the Year and Martina Samadan of VCU took home Rookie of the Year honors.