The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, women’s gymnastics will be the league’s 28th sponsored sport.
A release by Clemson University confirms that it will be adding women’s gymnastics as a varsity program in 2023-24 as well as women’s lacrosse in 2022-23.
“The ACC continues to be committed to maximizing the educational and athletic opportunities for our student-athletes – in the classroom, in competition, and in life,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “The addition of women’s lacrosse and women’s gymnastics at Clemson, combined with adding women’s gymnastics as the league’s 28th sponsored sport, only enhances our incredible collection of athletic programs.”
According to the league’s sports operation code, the Conference can conduct a championship in any NCAA sport in which at least four member institutions have varsity programs. At present, three ACC institutions sponsor women’s gymnastics (North Carolina, NC State and Pitt). The addition of Clemson allows the ACC to host a conference championship.
The sponsorship of gymnastics means that the ACC as a conference will now sponsor 15 women’s sports, the most of any conference.
With the addition of women’s lacrosse at Clemson, the ACC will now have 10 programs in the sport – the most of any conference. They’ll also be joining a particularly difficult conference for lacrosse, as ACC women’s lacrosse teams have combined for 11 national titles since the sport was added in 1997. Boston College is the most recent national champion, having won their first championship in 2021.