NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference officially welcomed Davidson College as its 14th member July 1. The Wildcats’ athletic program will compete in 19 of the Atlantic 10’s 21 championship sports.

Davidson has made 11 appearances in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, including five since 2002. Additionally, 10 Olympic sports in the A-10 have automatic qualifying status for the NCAA Championships.

“Davidson is an ideal fit for the Atlantic 10 as a nationally recognized academic institution complimented by excellence in a broad-based athletic program,” A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade said. “The Wildcats will be competitive immediately. Their success in men's basketball is important, bringing another nationally recognized brand into the league. It is my pleasure to welcome Davidson's administration, their student-athletes, staff, alumni and fans to the Atlantic 10 Conference. They will maintain our presence in the Charlotte market, one of the top 25 media markets in the country, and reinforce our commitment to national prominence in men’s basketball.”

Davidson left the Southern Conference, where it was a member for nearly 80 years.