“Davidson is thrilled to join the Atlantic 10 Conference to compete alongside some of the most dynamic Division I student-athletes in the country,” President Carol Quillen said at a press conference announcing the decision.
“Our athletic teams—from men’s basketball to women’s lacrosse, to men’s swimming, to women’s tennis—are ready for this new opportunity, and we have the greatest confidence they will succeed.”
According to the most recent NCAA graduation rates, the A-10 ranked second among all Division I conferences, with 90 percent of their student-athletes graduating.
“The Atlantic 10 is a conference that gives Davidson the opportunity to be associated with and compete against institutions with significant profiles, both academically and athletically, while we continue to establish our national brand.
This is a great opportunity to use athletics to further the goals and objectives of the college as we enhance the experience of our students,” said Director of Athletics Jim Murphy.
The geographic footprint of the Atlantic 10 Conference covers eight different states and the District of Columbia for a total population of 75.3 million people (2010 Census).
The move will allow 19 of Davidson’s 21 sports to compete in the A-10, with the exception of football and wrestling. Football will remain in the Pioneer Football League, which hosts non-scholarship programs, while wrestling will seek to continue its affiliation with the Southern Conference.
“Davidson is an ideal fit for the Atlantic 10, as a nationally recognized academic institution complemented by excellence in a broad-based athletic program. The Wildcats will be competitive immediately. Their success in men’s basketball is important, bringing another nationally recognized brand into the league,” said A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.
View Davidson’s video press release.