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Sunshine State Conference

Sunshine State Conference
Sunshine State Conference logo
Established 1975
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 9
Sports fielded 18 (men's: 8; women's: 10)
Region Florida
Headquarters Melbourne, Florida
Commissioner Ed Pasque (since 2014)
Sunshine State Conference locations

The Sunshine State Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that was originally formed in 1975 as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II men's basketball conference. It has since expanded to sponsor championships in 18 sports, including men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball. SSC institutions have won a total of 94 NCAA national team championships, including seven in the 2014-15 academic year. The conference has also claimed a total of 78 national runner-up trophies, including four in 2014-15.

The conference was preceded by the Florida Intercollegiate Conference,[1] which was disbanded in the mid-1960s. The Sunshine State Conference was founded in 1975 by Saint Leo University (then a college) Basketball Coach & Athletic Director Norm Kaye. Kaye served as Commissioner the first year until Dick Pace was named Commissioner in 1976. Kaye continued as Executive Director of the Conference for an additional 12 years. Pace was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

The six charter Conference members were: Biscayne College (now called St. Thomas University), Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida), Eckerd College, Florida Southern College, Rollins College, and Saint Leo College.

The Conference has had dozens of athletes go on to have successful professional careers. Some examples include: Current PGA Tour players Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate went to Florida Southern. Janzen won golf's U.S. Open in 1993 & 1998; on the baseball side are Tim Wakefield (Florida Tech), Ryan Hanigan (Rollins), Bob Tewksbury (St. Leo), and J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern). Wakefield tied a career high of 17 wins pitching for the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and Tewksbury was third in balloting for the National League Cy Young Award while going 16-5 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992.


  • Membership 1
    • Current members 1.1
    • Former members 1.2
    • Membership timeline 1.3
  • Conference facilities 2
  • National Championships 3
    • Controversy 3.1
  • Mayors' Cup Champions 4
  • Sports 5
    • Men's sponsored sports by school 5.1
    • Women's sponsored sports by school 5.2
    • Other sponsored sports by school 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Current members

Institution Location
Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Barry University Miami Shores 1940 9,300 Buccaneers           1988
Eckerd College St. Petersburg 1958 3,584 Tritons           1975
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach 1926 6,794 Eagles           2017
Florida Southern College Lakeland 1883 2,319 Moccasins           1975
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne 1958 8,985 Panthers           1981
Lynn University Boca Raton 1962 4,660 Fighting Knights           1997
Nova Southeastern University Davie 1964 33,135 Sharks           2002
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach 1968 3,260 Sailfish           2017
Rollins College Winter Park 1885 3,153 Tars           1975
Saint Leo University St. Leo 1889 16,275 Lions           1975
University of Tampa Tampa 1931 10,515 Spartans           1981
  • Provisional member in red.[2] [3]

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
University of Central Florida Orlando 1963 Knights 1975 1984 The American
University of North Florida Jacksonville 1969 Ospreys 1992 1997 Atlantic Sun
St. Thomas University Miami Gardens 1961 Bobcats 1975 1987 The Sun

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Conference facilities

Map indicating locations of member schools
Institution Arena Capacity
Barry Health and Sports Center 1,938
Embry–Riddle Aeronautical ICI Center 1,968
Eckerd College McArthur Center 1,000
Florida Southern College Jenkins Field House 2,500
Florida Tech Clemente Center 1,500
Lynn de Hoernle Center 1,000
Nova Southeastern Don Taft University Center Arena 5,500
Palm Beach Atlantic Rubin Arena 2,000
Rollins College Warden Arena 2,500
Saint Leo Marion Bowman Center 2,000
Tampa Bob Martinez Sports Center 3,432

National Championships

Schools who currently are or have previously been members of the Sunshine State Conference have won 94 NCAA Division II National Championships. The latest national champions include:

2014-15 (7): Barry women's rowing | Tampa baseball | Nova Southeastern men's golf | Barry men's tennis | Florida Southern men's basketball | Lynn men's soccer | Tampa volleyball
2013-14 (3): Barry women's tennis and men's golf | Lynn women's golf
2012-13 (6): Lynn men's soccer and women's golf | Barry men's tennis and men's golf | Tampa baseball | Nova Southeastern rowing
2011-12 (2): Nova Southeastern men's and women's golf
2010-11 (2): Nova Southeastern women's golf | Barry women's tennis
2009-10 (3): Nova Southeastern women's golf | Florida Southern men's golf | and Barry men's tennis (continued below)

Of the current nine members, seven of them have won national championships. The schools include: Barry University, Florida Southern College, Florida Tech, Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, Rollins College, and University of Tampa.

Institution # of NCAA Titles Most Recent
Florida Southern 28 2015-Men's Basketball
Rollins 14 2008-Women's Golf
Tampa 15 2015-Baseball
Barry 15 2015-Women's Rowing
Lynn 12* 2014-Men's Soccer
Nova Southeastern 7 2015-Men's Golf
Florida Tech 2 1991-Men's Soccer



  • On July 17, 2007, NCAA vacated Lynn's 2005 Women's Division II Softball Championship due to extra benefits given to two players. The NCAA found that former coach Thomas Macera gave two Lynn softball players cash payments totaling more than $3,000. Lynn was also placed on probation for two years.[5] Lynn University originally won 12 National Championships at the Division II level, but now the NCAA only recognizes 11 of them because of the unsanctioned actions.

Mayors' Cup Champions

The Mayors' Cup was originally presented following the 1986–87 academic year to recognize the annual SSC all-sports champion. The men's division recognizes competition in eight sports: cross country, soccer, basketball, swimming, baseball, golf, lacrosse, and tennis. The women's division recognizes competition in nine sports: cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, rowing, softball, and tennis.

Year Men's Division Women's Division
1987 Tampa Florida Southern
1988 Florida Southern Florida Southern
1989 Florida Southern Florida Southern
1990 Tampa Florida Southern
1991 Tampa Barry
1992 Florida Tech Tampa
1993 Tampa Tampa
1994 North Florida North Florida
1995 North Florida Florida Southern
1996 Florida Southern North Florida
1997 Florida Southern Barry
1998 Florida Southern Florida Southern
1999 Florida Southern Florida Southern
2000 Florida Southern Barry
2001 Florida Southern Florida Southern
2002 Florida Southern Barry
2003 Rollins Rollins
2004 Rollins Rollins
2005 Lynn Florida Southern
2006 Lynn Barry
2007 Barry Florida Southern
2008 Florida Southern Nova Southeastern
2009 Barry Rollins
2010 Rollins Rollins
2011 Barry Florida Southern
2012 Florida Tech Rollins
2013 Saint Leo &
Florida Southern
2014 Saint Leo Tampa
2015 Lynn Rollins


Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Y
Basketball Y Y
Cross Country Y Y
Golf Y Y
Lacrosse Y Y
Rowing Y
Soccer Y Y
Softball Y
Swimming Y Y
Tennis Y Y
Volleyball Y

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Total
Barry Y Y Y Y Y 5
Eckerd College Y Y Y Y Y 5
Florida Southern College Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Florida Tech Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Lynn Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Nova Southeastern Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Palm Beach Atlantic Y Y (2017) Y (2017) Y Y 5
Rollins College Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Saint Leo Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Tampa Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Totals 10 10 6 10 6 10 6 8 -

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Golf Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Volleyball Total
Barry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Eckerd College Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Florida Southern College Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Florida Tech Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Lynn Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Nova Southeastern Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Palm Beach Atlantic Y Y Y (2017) Y Y Y Y 7
Rollins College Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Saint Leo Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Tampa Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Totals 10 8 10 5 5 10 10 7 10 10 -

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Football Track
& Field
& Field
Equestrian Track
& Field
& Field
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical IND IND IND IND
Florida Southern College IND IND
Florida Tech GSC PBC PBC
Nova Southeastern PBC PBC


  1. ^ Florida Southern Mocs
  2. ^ "Embry-Riddle Accepts Invitation to Join SSC". Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Palm Beach Atlantic Agrees to Provisional Membership with Sunshine State Conference". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "SSC National Champions". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "NCAA vacates Lynn's 2005 softball title", Palm Beach Post Staff, Palm Beach Post, July 17, 2007

External links

  • Official website
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