Appalachian Athletic Conference
|Appalachian Athletic Conference|
|Region||Southeastern United States|
Region XII of the NAIA
|Headquarters||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Commissioner||Col. John Sullivan|
The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) is a college athletic conference that competes in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II competition. Members of the conference are located in the Southeastern United States in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. The conference is the successor to the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC), which began in the 1940s; and later the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference (TVAC) that operated during the 1980s and 1990s. The Appalachian Athletic Conference was formed in 2001 with the additions of members from Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. In 2019 the conference added Kentucky Christian University as a full member and Savannah College of Art and Design as an associate member in Men's and Women's lacrosse.
Bluefield College was a member of the AAC from 2001 until 2012 when it left to join the Mid-South Conference. On March 3, 2014, Bluefield College announced that it would return to the AAC effective Fall 2014.
- Brenau University and Columbia College — women's institutions which do not field men's sports.
|Asbury University||Wilmore, Kentucky||1890||1,300||Eagles||2015||lacrosse (M);
|Savannah College of Art and Design||Savannah, Georgia||1978||10, 584||Bees||2019||lacrosse (M);
|University of the Cumberlands||Williamsburg, Kentucky||1887||1,743||Patriots||2015||lacrosse (M);
|West Virginia University Institute of Technology||Beckley, West Virginia||1895||2,252||Golden Bears||2016||swimming (M);
|Alice Lloyd College||Pippa Passes, Kentucky||1925||Eagles||2001||2005||River States|
|King College||Bristol, Tennessee||1867||Tornado||1990||2010||Carolinas|
|Virginia Intermont College||Bristol, Virginia||1884||Cobras||2001||2014||Closed in 2014|
|Brevard College||Brevard, North Carolina||1853||Tornados||2001||2006||USA South Athletic Conference|
|Covenant College||Lookout Mountain, Georgia||1955||Scots||2001||2011||USA South Athletic Conference|
Full member (non-football) Associate member (sport)
The Appalachian Athletic Conference currently fields 20 sports (10 men's and 10 women's):
|Track & Field Outdoor|
|Track & Field Indoor|
- "NAIA Conference Profile: Appalachian Athletic Conference" (PDF). NAIA. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "AAC OFFICIALLY WELCOMES KCU TO LEAGUE, BECOMES LARGEST CONFERENCE IN NAIA". Appalachian Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
- "Bluefield College returns to Appalachian Athletic Conference". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 5, 2014.