Remember New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)? You know, the lone independent Division I basketball team that shocked the nation by beating Michigan on the road last season? Well, they are independent no more, as they agreed to become a member of the Atlantic Sun on Friday.
More from NJIT’s athletic website:
The Atlantic Sun Conference and New Jersey Institute of Technology held a news conference Friday on the NJIT campus to announce that the Highlanders will become the eighth full member institution of the Atlantic Sun, effective July 1, 2015.
Ted Gumbart, Commissioner of the Atlantic Sun Conference, was on hand to welcome NJIT to the A-Sun. The current members of the Atlantic Sun are (listed alphabetically): Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers); Jacksonville (FL) University; Kennesaw (GA) State University; Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN); University of North Florida (Jacksonville); University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg); and, Stetson University (DeLand, FL).
NJIT will compete for Atlantic Sun championships in six men’s sports and seven women’s sports in the 2015-16 seasons. The number will grow to seven men’s sports and 14 total in 2016-17, when men’s soccer, which has been in the Sun Belt Conference since 2014, transitions to the A-Sun in the fall of 2016.
NJIT had previously been the last of 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams to be independent. The Highlanders are coming off a solid season. They finished 21-12 and gained a lot of notoriety after beating Michigan. NJIT also beat Yale and Hampton (an NCAA Tournament team) last season.
North Florida are the reigning champs of the Atlantic Sun.