The Northern Athletics Conference has unveiled its new logo and will officially make the league the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on July 1, 2013.
For its entire existence, the league has had the same acronym as the North Atlantic Conference, which often causes confusion at the national level. The North Atlantic Conference became a NCAA member league in 2002, four years before the NATHC began competition.
D3sports.com has referenced the Northern Athletics Conference as
the NATHC on its sites from day one.
"We were looking to add some color and uniqueness to the logo from the current colorless one, and thought we would concurrently make the name change to help alleviate the mix-ups with the North Atlantic Conference," commissioner Steve Larson said.
The league, which began its first season of competition the '06-07 academic year, is comprised of schools from Illinois and Wisconsin. This year will mark just the second change in membership, and first since Milwaukee School of Engineering joined the 12 charter schools in '07-08, as Maranatha Baptist officially withdraws from the conference on June 30, to become a Division III independent.