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 thirteen 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.
- For the first time in ASUN Women’s Basketball history, the conference had two teams participate in the WNIT Postseason. Jacksonville became the first ASUN team to earn an at-large bid in the WNIT. It marked the 12th consecutive season the ASUN had multiple postseason teams in Women’s Basketball.
- In the past two seasons, FGCU earned NCAA Postseason victories in both Men's and Women's Soccer. In the 2016 season, the men's team advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Championships with a 3-0 penalty kick decision against South Florida. The women's side earned the ASUN’s first NCAA Postseason victory since 2004 with a 2-1 victory vs. No. 22 South Florida in the First Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
- ASUN SAAC formed a new partnership with Project Life Movement for 2017-18. 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.
WE CAN CONNECT
We are united as a community of students, athletes, coaches, faculty, administrators, staff and fans.
- A record-high 460 contests were broadcast on ESPN3, while for the third season in a row, all Men’s and Women’s Basketball conference games were streamed live on the WatchESPN platform. Championships for nine other sports were produced and broadcast across ASUN campuses as well, including the first Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship Final broadcast.
- The ASUN Conference executed two major partnership agreements, providing student-athletes with more access to NCAA Championships. The ASUN and the Big South entered into an FCS Membership Partnership for Football, while the ASUN and the Southern Conference extended their CCSA Partnership to include Women’s Lacrosse beginning in 2017-18.
- 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.
- The ASUN Conference completed production on the second year of the ASUN Quarterly. The magazine highlights student-athletes’ accomplishments on and off the field. The ASUN Quarterly also features segments on coaches, faculty and administrators from across the Conference.
WE PUT STUDENTS FIRST
In everything we do the student-athlete comes first. We lead by example in embracing a student-first culture.
- The ASUN Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 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.
- The ASUN Conference 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.
- With nearly 69 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, 2016-17 marked the second highest percentage in league history. 173 Student-Athletes graduated with ASUN Honors for having a 3.5 or higher.
- A blog series created to amplify the voice of student-athletes, ASUN Impact gives conference student-athletes a forum to bring insight into the daily world of intercollegiate athletics through their own personal accounts. Utilizing first-person articles, journals and entries, ASUN student-athletes can highlight their community service efforts, on-field success & academic achievements.
WE CAN RISE
We have a history of firsts and remain committed to elevating our student-athletes and bettering our future.
- The Men’s Basketball championship game moved from ESPN2 to the ESPN flagship channel, and experienced 69% growth in WatchESPN viewers as FGCU defeated North Florida, 77-61, to earn a trip to the big dance.
- The ASUN held its first ever Women’s Basketball Virtual Luncheon, prior to the 2017 ASUN 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 the ASUN Headquarters as each site was equipped with broadcasting capabilities allowing for shared viewing from all locations.
- FGCU’s Albert Ruiz became the first ASUN Men’s Soccer student-athlete to be a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the college soccer equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Ruiz led the nation with 22 goals and 49 points in 2016.
- For the first time in ASUN Men’s Golf history, three Men’s Golf teams qualified for the NCAA Championship played at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois. Jacksonville, Kennesaw State and Lipscomb represented the ASUN at this year’s National Championship.