ABOUT THE ASUN
The identity of the ASUN Conference reflects our position as a premier NCAA Division I conference. Contemporary, but designed to stand the test of time, this identity embraces the future.
The rising sun within the “A” represents hope and optimism for tomorrow. It also represents the brilliance of our student-athletes, who are at the heart of all we do.
As sure as the sun will rise, the ASUN will be leading the way.
WE CAN IMPACT
Our success resides in the impact we make in competition, in the classroom and in the community. Making a difference counts.
A total of 13 teams from ASUN Conference member and affiliate institutions were recognized with Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards. A total of eight ASUN sports are represented this year including Women’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Men’s & Women’s Golf, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Tennis and Volleyball.
Three ASUN Women’s Basketball programs participated in postseason play this season with FGCU (NCAA), Stetson (WNIT) & North Alabama (WBI). The Lions advanced to the WBI Semifinals in their first year as a Division I member. Following the 2019 season, the ASUN has registered 13-straight seasons with multiple postseason teams for Women’s Basketball.
Lipscomb’s soccer programs earned NCAA Tournament victories in both Men’s and Women’s Soccer this year. The women’s team defeated Mississippi State, while the men’s program reached the Sweet 16 advancing vs. #25 Washington & defeating #9 UCF. Over the past four seasons, the league has picked up five NCAA Soccer Tournament wins or advancing ties.
For the second-straight year, ASUN SAAC partnered with Project Life Movement. The non-profit organization, based out of Charlotte, N.C., is focused on creating a national movement to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering college students with a simple cheek swab. This year, the league combined to sign up 679 individuals for the bone marrow registry up from 391 in its first year.
WE CAN CONNECT
We are united as a community of students, athletes, coaches, faculty, administrators, staff and fans.
- The 2018-19 academic year saw a record number of broadcasts with 557, an increase of 25 percent from last year. The ASUN continued its expansion of the ESPN partnership with the entirety of the league’s broadcasts shifting to the Worldwide Leader’s new platform, ESPN .
- ASUN Men’s Basketball teams played in front of 176,099 fans during the 2018-19 season. For the seventh-straight season, the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final was played in front of a sell out crowd.
- ASUN Men’s Basketball teams played in front of 183,972 fans during the 2016-17 season. For the fifth-straight season, the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final was played in front of a sell out crowd.
- For the second-straight year, the league publicized its ASUN Beam Video Series, which takes an in-depth look at two student-athletes from each institution. The emphasis of this year’s video campaign was one of the league’s four Beams, “Students First.” The videos highlighted their academic accomplishments as well as training and internships they have completed while on campus.
WE PUT STUDENTS FIRST
In everything we do the student-athlete comes first. We lead by example in embracing a student-first culture.
With nearly 71 percent of ASUN Student-Athletes earning membership on this past year’s ASUN Honor Roll for posting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, 2018-19 marked the second highest percentage in league history.
The ASUN SAAC formulated a Social Media Campaign to raise awareness for Mental Health among student-athletes across the NCAA. Held in late April, student-athletes from the conference shared their stories and struggles to help break the stigma of mental health.
The league completed its first Career in Sports Program in 2016-17 providing student-athletes the opportunity to learn from industry leaders in the field of intercollegiate athletics. Student-Athletes completed four seminars and 30 hours of volunteer experience in their area of interest. Nine individuals have completed the program since its inception two years ago.
The ASUN Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) increased the student-athlete representation on the league’s standing committees for 2017-18. The approved policy change will ensure the student-athlete voice is utilized throughout the full governance process.
WE CAN RISE
We have a history of firsts and remain committed to elevating our student-athletes and bettering our future.
- The 2018-19 season will go down as the best in ASUN Conference history in terms of postseason success as league teams totaled 19 wins in national postseason tournaments. Of the 19 team wins, nine came in NCAA Tournaments across eight different sports, while Lipscomb became the first-ever ASUN team to reach the NIT Finals.
- The 2019 ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship Final - won by Liberty against Lipscomb - earned a highly-desired slot with the tournament finale on ESPN for the third-straight year. The contest played in front of a sold-out crowd - the seventh-straight ASUN Final to reach attendance capacity - drew 457,952 viewers who tuned in for the Championship Final, an increase from the previous year.
- For the third-straight year, the ASUN held a Women’s Basketball Virtual Luncheon, prior to the Women’s Basketball Championship. Each quarterfinal site celebrated the postseason awards over a banquet style lunch as they were connected via Google Hangouts. Commissioner Gumbart conducted the awards portion of the luncheon from North Alabama’s campus as each site was equipped with broadcasting capabilities allowing for shared viewing from all locations.
- For the second time in ASUN Men’s Golf history, multiple Men’s Golf teams qualified for the NCAA Championship played in Fayetteville, Ark. with Liberty and North Florida earning trips. In league history, 22 teams have earned spots in the NCAA Championship, which includes six in the last three years.