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NE10 Celebrates DII 50th Anniversary

The Northeast-10 Conference, a proud longtime member of NCAA Division II, in collaboration with its member institutions is excited to announce a multimedia campaign to celebrate the Division's 50th Anniversary throughout the remainder of the spring semester. The campaign will have three different components that feature each NE10 institution and its outstanding student-athletes. 

Founded in 1973, Division II provided a home to programs that wanted to keep their athletics budget in good proportion to the total institutional budget. It provided a "partial-scholarship" model for athletics-based financial aid, different from both Division I (fully-funded athletic scholarships) and Division III (no athletic scholarships). The NE10, which was officially formed in June of 1980, has always been a Division II conference - thriving in every aspect of the student-athlete experience: academics, athletics and community service. 

As the Division celebrates this milestone, the NE10 plans to capture this special anniversary in multiple formats:

  • Written History: A brief written journey of each NE10 institution's history as a Division II member. 
  • Q&A Segment: NE10 student-athletes answer questions regarding the 50th anniversary and why they chose Division II. 
  • Instagram Photo Journal: NE10 student-athletes capture their Division II experience through photos and journal reflections. 

Over the next several months, content will be released on a weekly basis - highlighting some of the best moments for each NE10 institution since joining the Division II ranks, as well as getting thoughts from administrators, coaches, student-athletes and alumni on the 50th anniversary.  


Adelphi History


Assumption DII History

DII History - Bentley

Franklin Pierce - DII 50th Anniversary

Division II Anniversary - New Haven

Pace History

Saint Michael's College

DII History - SCSU

SNHU - DII 50th Anniversary


SMC 50th

February 7: Saint Michael's Volleyball - Aaliyah Huihui-Martinez 


February 14: Southern Connecticut Softball - Emily Lange


February 21: Southern New Hampshire Women's Lacrosse - Angelina Graziano

FPU 50th

March 6: Franklin Pierce Softball - Ashley Cangiano

Pace 50th

March 13: Pace Women's Cross Country - Emma Voykhanskaya

UNH 50th post

March 20: New Haven Volleyball - Carleigh Vedder

STA 50th #1

March 27: Saint Anselm Men's Soccer - Samuel Assantha

Adelphi 50th anniversary

April 3: Adelphi Men's Track & Field - Matthew Wenz

Bentley 50th

April 10: Bentley Men's Tennis - Liam Marr


Andy Laska

Barbara Stevens

The NE10 is an association of 12 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.

Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.

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