New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference

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New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Members11 full, 6 affiliate
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 11
RegionNew England
Former namesNew England Women's 8
New England Women's 6
HeadquartersWellesley, Massachusetts
CommissionerPatrick B. Summers (since 2011)
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference locations

The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.


The NEWMAC was established in 1998, when the former New England Women's 8 Conference (NEW 8) voted to begin sponsoring conference play and championships for men. At this time, the conference expanded its membership to include Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The NEW 8 began play in 1985-86 as the New England Women's 6 Conference (NEW 6). Charter members were Babson College, Brandeis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith College, Wellesley College and Wheaton College. Mount Holyoke College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) joined in 1988 and the name was changed to the NEW 8 Conference. At the conclusion of the 1994-95 academic year, Brandeis University withdrew from the NEW 8 to join the University Athletic Association (which its men's sports competed at that time) and Clark University accepted membership, keeping the NEW 8's membership at eight institutions.

In March of 2012, the NEWMAC announced the addition of Emerson College as the 11th full member of the league starting in the 2013-14 academic year. With the addition of Emerson the NEWMAC began re-sponsoring the sport of men's lacrosse, adding an affiliate member, Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In July of 2012, the conference welcomed Simmons College as an affiliate member to compete in the sport of rowing.

In April of 2015, the conference office announced it would begin sponsoring football in the 2017 season, with Maine Maritime Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Norwich University as affiliate members.[1] In September 29, 2015, the league announced the addition of The Catholic University of America as another associate member in football effective July 1, 2017.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has 11 full members:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Babson College Wellesley, Massachusetts Beavers 1919 Private/Non-sectarian 3,200 1985
Clark University Worcester, Massachusetts Cougars 1887 Private/Non-sectarian 3,377 1995
Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts Lions 1880 Private/Non-sectarian 4,290 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts Engineers 1861 Private/Non-sectarian 10,253 1985
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts Lyons 1837 Private/Non-sectarian 2,100 1987
Smith College Northampton, Massachusetts Pioneers 1871 Private/Non-sectarian 2,600 1985
Springfield College Springfield, Massachusetts Pride 1885 Private/Non-sectarian 5,062 1998
United States Coast Guard Academy New London, Connecticut Bears 1876 Federal/Military 1,045 1998
Wellesley College Wellesley, Massachusetts Blue 1870 Private/Non-sectarian 2,300 1985
Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts Lyons 1834 Private/Non-sectarian 1,650 1985
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, Massachusetts Engineers 1865 Private/Non-sectarian 5,575 1987

† Women's college, therefore does not compete in men's sports.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Buccaneers 1891 Public 1,400 2013–14 MASCAC men's lacrosse
Simmons College Boston, Massachusetts Sharks 1899 Private 4,933 2013–14 GNAC women's rowing
United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, New York Mariners 1943 US Service Academy 1,011 2017–18 Skyline football
Maine Maritime Academy Castine, Maine Mariners 1941 Public 900 2017–18 NAC football
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont Cadets 1819 Private military college 3,400 2017–18 GNAC football
The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. Cardinals 1887 Private 6,725 2017–18 Landmark football

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts Judges 1948 Private 5,057 1985 1995 UAA

Membership timeline[edit]

Norwich UniversityUnited States Merchant Marine AcademyMaine Maritime AcademyThe Catholic University of AmericaSimmons CollegeMassachusetts Maritime AcademyEmerson CollegeSpringfield College (Massachusetts)United States Coast Guard AcademyClark UniversityWorcester Polytechnic InstituteMount Holyoke CollegeWheaton College (Massachusetts)Wellesley CollegeSmith CollegeMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBrandeis UniversityBabson College


The NEWMAC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in the following sports:

Conference sports
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Field hockey
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  1. ^ "NEWMAC to Sponsor Football Beginning in 2017". Brian Magoffin, Springfield College Director of Sports Communication.
  2. ^ "NEWMAC Adds Eighth Football Member Catholic University". NEWMAC.

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