The Liberty League is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. Member schools are top institutions that are all located in the state of New York.
|Region||Upstate New York|
|Former names||Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association|
|Headquarters||Troy, New York|
It was founded in 1995 as the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association. The conference was renamed during the summer of 2004 to the current name.
The league includes founding members Clarkson University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College. Vassar College became a full member of the league during the 2000–01 academic year, Bard College and Rochester Institute of Technology joined for the 2011–12 academic year, and Ithaca College officially joined for the 2017–18 academic year. Founding member Hamilton College departed following the 2010–11 academic year in order to fully integrate its athletic programs within the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
At the beginning of the 2012–13 season, New York University became an associate member in both men's and women's golf, while Wellesley College and Mount Holyoke College became associate members in women's golf.
Offensive linesman Ali Marpet of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, drafted in the 2nd round, 61st overall, of the 2015 NFL draft, is the highest-drafted pick in the history of Division III football. He was three-time All-Liberty League first team (2012, 2013, 2014), and 2014 Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Year—the first offensive lineman in league history to be so honored.
Full member institutions include:
- Rochester holds both dual conference membership with the Liberty and with the University Athletic Association (UAA).
|Mount Holyoke College||Lyons||South Hadley, Massachusetts||1837||Private||2,100||2012–13||NEWMAC||women's golf|
|New York University||Violets||New York City||1832||Private||22,280||2012–13||UAA||men's golf|
|St. John Fisher College||Cardinals||Rochester, New York||1948||Private||4,000||2013–14||Empire 8||men's rowing|
|Wellesley College||Blue||Wellesley, Massachusetts||1870||Private/Non-sectarian||2,300||2012–13||NEWMAC||women's golf|
|Buffalo State College||Bengals||Buffalo, New York||1871||Public||10,000||2019||SUNYAC||football|
|Hamilton College*||Continentals||Clinton, New York||1793||Private||1,864||1995||2011||NESCAC|
- Hamilton left the Liberty League after the 2010-11 academic year in order to fully align with the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), of which it has been a charter member since 1971. The school previously held dual membership in the Liberty and NESCAC conferences.
Former associate membersEdit
in Former Liberty Sport
|United States Coast Guard Academy (Coast Guard)||Bears||New London, Connecticut||1876||Federal||1,045||2004–05||2005–06||NEWMAC[a]||NEWMAC||football|
|United States Merchant Marine Academy (Merchant Marine)||Mariners||Kings Point, New York||1942||Federal||910||2004–05 (football)
|Springfield College||Pride||Springfield, Massachusetts||1885||Private||5,062||2012–13||2016–17||NEWMAC||NEWMAC||football|
|Susquehanna University||River Hawks||Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania||1858||Private||2,200||2007-08||2009-10||Centennial[b]||Landmark||football|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Engineers||Worcester, Massachusetts||1865||Private||5,071||2004–05||2016–17||NEWMAC||NEWMAC||football|
- Coast Guard was a football-only associate member in the 2004 and 2005 seasons after its previous conference, the Freedom Football Conference, disbanded (it competed in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in most other sports, where it remains). After two seasons it moved to the New England Football Conference (since rebranded as Commonwealth Coast Football), where it remained through the 2016 season. Coast Guard football joined its other sports in the NEWMAC in 2017, when that league began sponsoring football.
- Susquehanna was a football-only associate member in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons after leaving its previous football conference, the Middle Atlantic Conferences (it then competed in the Landmark Conference in most other sports, where it remains). After three seasons it moved to the Centennial Conference.
The Liberty League sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's football, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women’s soccer, women's softball, men's and women's squash, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.
- Kevin McGuire (May 2, 2015). "Ali Marpet puts D3 Hobart on the NFL Draft scoreboard – College Football Talk". NBC Sports.
- "Liberty League Athletics – Liberty League announces 2014 Football Award Recipients". Liberty League.
- "Press Release: News: Senior Bowl". seniorbowl.com.
- "AFCA Announces 2014 Division III Coaches All-America Team". afca.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-27.
- Hobart (men) and William Smith (women) are together the Colleges of the Seneca and usually grouped together, but they participate separately in athletics.
- Liberty League Archived 2006-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)