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RICHMOND, Va. (November 30, 2012) - The College of Charleston
has accepted an invitation of membership to join the Colonial Athletic
Association beginning July 1, 2013, CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager announced
"Speaking for the entire membership, we are extremely
excited that the College of Charleston will be joining the CAA," CAA Commissioner
Tom Yeager said. "We believe their nationally recognized athletic and academic
programs will be a great institutional fit with other CAA institutions.
Charleston will enhance the competition level in the conference and add to our
group of nationally prominent teams in a number of sports. CAA fans will enjoy
traveling to Charleston to see their team play, as will Cougar fans and alumni
located in CAA cities in many of the major metropolitan areas of the
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast."
are thrilled to welcome the College of Charleston athletic program to the CAA,"
said UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller, who is the chair of the CAA Council of
Presidents. "The Cougars are a terrific fit for the league both athletically
and academically, and we are confident that the entire conference will benefit
from the addition of such a vibrant, competitive program. The College of
Charleston's history of outstanding athletic performance and the enthusiasm of
their dedicated fans will add a great deal of spirit to an already competitive
conference. We're looking forward to our first match-ups next season - and to a
long and lively future of robust match-ups."
The College of Charleston is a
public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic
Charleston, S.C. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top
universities for quality education, student life and affordability. With more
than 11,000 students, the College of Charleston offers the distinctive
combination of a beautiful and historic campus, modern facilities and
"We are very excited about
joining the Colonial Athletic Association," President P. George Benson said.
"It is a great fit for the College, both athletically and academically. This
move is a significant step forward in the College's efforts to become a
Since becoming an NCAA Division I
member in 1991-92, CofC has enjoyed postseason athletics success among its
21-varsity sports teams. Men's basketball has made four NCAA Tournament appearances,
baseball five NCAA regional appearances including a super regional in 2006,
volleyball seven NCAA appearances, men's soccer and women's tennis five NCAA
appearances, women's golf four NCAA regional appearances, men's golf three NCAA
regional appearances including a national championship berth in 2001, men's
tennis two NCAA appearances, and softball an NCAA regional in 2005.
"We are very excited to have the
opportunity to join an outstanding conference, the Colonial," CofC Director of
Athletics Joe Hull said. "The Colonial is a high-quality league in so many
ways. The competition will be tough, but I believe we will be prepared to
compete for conference championships across the board immediately. One of the
interesting benefits to this decision is that we are joining a league that has
a presence in several of the greatest cities in our nation. Adding our great
city of Charleston to that group creates the opportunity to bring tremendous
positive recognition to our teams, our program, the College and our area. This
is an amazing opportunity for the College of Charleston. I am confident we are
up to the challenge."
Colonial Athletic Association has built a reputation as one of the nation's top
collegiate conferences both athletically and academically. The
conference has produced 16 national team champions in five different sports, 33
individual national champions, 12 national players of the year, 12 national
coaches of the year and 12 Honda Award winners. Just as impressive, however,
are the honors accumulated away from competition, which include five Rhodes
Scholars and 22 NCAA post-graduate scholars.
have always enjoyed a spirited rivalry with the College of Charleston," said
UNCW Athletics Director Jimmy Bass, who is the President of the CAA. "The College
of Charleston's success on the national level in many sports will only enhance
the CAA's stance as one of the top conferences in the country."
landscape of the conference stretches along the majority of the East
Coast, and includes five
of the nation's top 25 media markets - New York (1), Philadelphia (4), Boston
(7), Washington, D.C. (9) and Baltimore (25). The addition of Charleston
will add another top 100 market to the conference.
conducts championships in 23 sports. Male athletes compete for championships in
baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming
& diving, tennis, track & field and wrestling. Female athletes battle
for conference titles in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse,
rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and
2011-12, 24 teams earned NCAA Tournament berths and 51 student-athletes
received All-America honors in 16 different sports. The conference has
had two men's basketball teams advance to the NCAA Final Four in the past six
The College of Charleston will join the
University of Delaware, Drexel University, George Mason University, Hofstra
University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina Wilmington,
Northeastern University, Towson University and the College of William and Mary
as members of the CAA in 2013-14.