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Throwback Thursday: History of the SUNYAC

Throwback Thursday: History of the SUNYAC

Currently with ten member institutions, the eight original schools included Albany, Brockport, Buffalo State, Cortland, New Paltz, Oneonta, Plattsburgh and Potsdam when they originally formed in 1958 as the New York State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NYSIAC). Geneseo and Fredonia joined the NYSIAC in 1959 and the conference changed its name to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) in 1963. Former member schools include Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and SUNYIT.

The conference members compete in a total of twenty sports, nine men's and eleven women's which include: both men's and women's basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, swimming and diving and soccer along with baseball, ice hockey, softball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball. SUNYAC teams have won numerous National Titles in twelve of those twenty sports as shown below.

SUNYAC National Title History

Sport School(s) Year(s)
Men's Soccer Brockport 1955, 1974
Men's Lacrosse Cortland 1973, 1975, 2006, 2009
Men's Basketball Potsdam 1981, 1986
Ice Hockey


1992, 2001
Women's Outdoor Track Cortland 1985
Women's Cross Country Cortland
Women's Indoor Track Cortland 1991
Women's Soccer Cortland 1992
Field Hockey Cortland
1993, 1994, 2001
Men's Cross Country Cortland 2008
Baseball Cortland 2015
Women's Lacrosse Cortland 2015
2017 Fall SUNYAC SAAC Retreat
September 19, 2017 2017 Fall SUNYAC SAAC Retreat