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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association logo
Established1912
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members13 (12 in 2019-20)
Sports fielded
  • 16
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 8
RegionMiddle Atlantic States,
South Atlantic States
Former namesColored Intercollegiate Athletic Association
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
CommissionerJacqie McWilliams (since 2012)
Websitetheciaa.com
Locations
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association locations

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a collegiate athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. CIAA institutions are affiliated at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Conference members are primarily located in North Carolina (eight) and Virginia (two). There is one school in Maryland, Pennsylvania and South Carolina respectively. Because a majority of the members are in North Carolina, the CIAA moved its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina from Hampton, Virginia in August 2015.[1]

The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into Northern and Southern divisions for some sports. The most notable CIAA sponsored championship is the CIAA Basketball Tournament held annually in Charlotte, North Carolina which has become one of the largest college basketball events in the nation.

History

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Location of CIAA members: Blue pog.svg current and Black pog.svg departing

The CIAA, founded on the campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1912, is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the United States. It was originally known as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and adopted its current name in December 1950. The conference is composed predominantly of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to South Carolina.

Founding leaders were Allen Washington and C.H. Williams of Hampton Institute; Ernest J. Marshall of Howard University; George Johnson of Lincoln University (PA); W.E. Atkins, Charles Frazier, and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University.[2]

Football is experiencing a major resurgence after going through a period of decline at several member universities. Football was absent from the campus of Saint Augustine's University for nearly three decades, before getting reinstated by the administration in 2002. Shaw University then brought back its football program in 2003, following a hiatus of 24 years.

Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was readmitted to the CIAA after nearly three decades in Division III. Chowan University joined the CIAA in 2008 for football only. On October 14, 2008, the CIAA Board of Directors admitted Chowan as a full member effective July 1, 2009, the first non-HBCU to play in the conference.

On August 27, 2012, the CIAA announced the appointment of Jacqie Carpenter, the first African-American female commissioner to hold the position.[3]

In 2014, a collection of records, including the original 1912 documents leading to the formation of the CIAA and meeting minutes from 1913 to 1922, were sold at auction after being discovered in a storage locker. The lot sold for $11,500 to an unnamed bidder.[4]

On May 22, 2018, Chowan University announced its athletic department will realign with the Conference Carolinas as a full-member while maintaining an associate relationship with the CIAA for both football and women's bowling.[5]

Conference membership

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland 1865 Public 5,561 Bulldogs           1979
Chowan University Murfreesboro, North Carolina 1848 Private (Baptist) 1,316 Hawks           2009
Claflin University Orangeburg, South Carolina 1869 Private (United Methodist) 1,978 Panthers           2018
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1891 Public 2,421 Vikings           1957
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina 1867 Public 5,000 Broncos           1954
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, North Carolina 1867 Private (Presbyterian) 1,500 Golden Bulls           1926
Lincoln University Oxford, Pennsylvania 1854 Public 2,650 Lions           1912;
2008
Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina 1879 Private (A.M.E. Church) 1,200 Blue Bears           1931
Saint Augustine's University Raleigh, North Carolina 1867 Private (Episcopal) 1,500 Falcons           1933
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina 1865 Private (Baptist) 2,800 Bears           1912
Virginia State University Ettrick, Virginia 1882 Public 4,900 Trojans           1920
Virginia Union University Richmond, Virginia 1865 Private (Baptist) 1,700 Panthers           1912
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1892 Public 6,000 Rams           1945;
2010
  • Chowan -- football was an affiliate member in 2008-09.
  • Chowan -- will realign with the Conference Carolinas for most sports beginning in the 2019-20 school year while maintaining an associate membership with the CIAA for both football and women's bowling. (The Hawks currently compete as an associate member of Conference Carolinas in nine sports)
  • Winston-Salem State -- left after the 2005-06 season, re-joined in the 2010-11 season.
  • For some spots, the following division alignment goes as follows:
    • CIAA North -- Bowie State, Elizabeth City State, Lincoln (PA), Virginia State, Virginia Union
    • CIAA South -- Claflin, Fayetteville State, Johnson C. Smith, Livingston, Saint Augustine's, Shaw, Winston-Salem State

Former members

Membership timeline

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports

A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W), bowling, football, softball, tennis (W), and volleyball.
Northern
  • Bowie State
  • Chowan
  • Elizabeth City State
  • Lincoln
  • Virginia State
  • Virginia Union
Southern
  • Fayetteville State
  • Johnson C. Smith
  • Livingstone
  • Saint Augustine's
  • Shaw
  • Winston-Salem State
Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Bowling Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Football Green tickY
Golf Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
CIAA
Sports
Bowie State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Chowan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Claflin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Elizabeth City State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Fayetteville State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Johnson C. Smith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Lincoln Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Livingstone Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Saint Augustine's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Shaw Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Virginia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Virginia Union Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Winston-Salem State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 4
Totals 5 13 13 12 8 4 8 8 73
  • Chowan University currently competes as an associate member of Conference Carolinas in baseball and men's tennis, as well as three other men's sports not sponsored by the CIAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Bowling ? Cross
Country
Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
CIAA
Sports
Bowie State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Chowan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Claflin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Elizabeth City State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Fayetteville State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Johnson C. Smith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Lincoln Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Livingstone Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Saint Augustine's Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Shaw Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Virginia State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Virginia Union Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Winston-Salem State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 13 10 13 13 9 9 10 13 91
  • ? -- D-I sport
  • Chowan University currently competes as an associate member of Conference Carolinas in women's tennis, plus four other women's sports not sponsored by the CIAA.

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Baseball Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Swimming
& Diving
Chowan CC CC CC CC CC CC CC CC CC CC
Lincoln IND
Shaw IND IND

Conference facilities

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Bowie State Bulldog Stadium 2,964 A.C. Jordan Arena 2,200
Chowan Garrison Stadium 5,000 Helms Center 3,500
Claflin
non-football school
Edward Tullis Arena 3,000
Elizabeth City State Roebuck Stadium 6,500 R. L. Vaughn Center 5,000
Fayetteville State Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium 5,520 Felton J. Capel Arena 4,000
Johnson C. Smith Irwin Belk Complex 4,500 Brayboy Gymnasium 2,316
Lincoln Lincoln University Stadium 2,600 Manuel Rivero Hall 3,000
Livingstone Alumni Memorial Stadium 5,500 William Trent Gymnasium 1,500
Saint Augustine's George Williams Athletic Complex 2,500 Emery Gymnasium 1,000
Shaw Durham County Stadium 8,500 C.C. Spaulding Gym 1,500
Virginia State Rogers Stadium 7,909 VSU Multi-Purpose Center 6,000
Virginia Union Hovey Field 10,000 Barco-Stevens Hall 2,000
Winston-Salem State Bowman Gray Stadium 22,000 C.E. Gaines Center 3,200

CIAA Basketball Tournament

The CIAA is the first NCAA Division II conference to have its tournament televised as part of Championship Week on ESPN. Over 100,000 fans and spectators are in attendance annually and it has become one of the largest college basketball events in the nation. During the week of the tournament, there are many high-profile social and celebratory events to entertain those in attendance in Charlotte, North Carolina.[6][7] The last day of the tournament is known as "Super Saturday" in which the men's and women's tournament champions are crowned. The tournament had an annual $55 million economic impact on Charlotte and was consistently the largest event held in the city each year.[8] The conference was offered better incentives to move it to Baltimore, Maryland which is where it will be held beginning in 2021.[9]

Men's Tournament results
Year Champion[10] Venue (Location)[11]
1946 North Carolina College Turner's Arena (Washington, DC)
1947 Virginia State Turner's Arena (Washington, DC)
1948 West Virginia State Turner's Arena (Washington, DC)
1949 West Virginia State Uline Arena (Washington, DC)
1950 North Carolina Central Uline Arena (Washington, DC)
1951 Virginia Union Uline Arena (Washington, DC)
1952 Virginia Union Hurt Gymnasium (Baltimore, MD)
1953 Winston-Salem State McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1954 Virginia Union McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1955 Virginia Union McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1956 Maryland State McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1957 Winston-Salem State McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1958 North Carolina A&T McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1959 North Carolina A&T McDougald Gymnasium (Durham, NC)
1960 Winston-Salem State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1961 Winston-Salem State War Memorial Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1962 North Carolina A&T War Memorial Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1963 Winston-Salem State War Memorial Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1964 North Carolina A&T Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1965 Norfolk State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1966 Winston-Salem State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1967 North Carolina A&T Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1968 Norfolk State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1969 Elizabeth City State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1970 Winston-Salem State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1971 Norfolk State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1972 Norfolk State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1973 Fayetteville State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1974 Norfolk State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1975 Norfolk State Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
1976 Norfolk State Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1977 Winston-Salem State Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1978 Norfolk State Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1979 Virginia Union Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1980 Virginia Union Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1981 Elizabeth City State Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1982 Hampton Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1983 Hampton Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1984 Norfolk State Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1985 Virginia Union Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1986 Norfolk State Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1987 Virginia Union Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1988 Virginia State Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1989 Virginia State Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1990 Norfolk State Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1991 Hampton Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1992 Virginia Union Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1993 Virginia Union Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1994 Virginia Union LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1995 Virginia Union LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1996 Norfolk State LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1997 Saint Augustine's LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1998 Virginia Union LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
1999 Winston-Salem State LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
2000 Winston-Salem State Entertainment & Sports Arena (Raleigh, NC)
2001 Johnson C. Smith Entertainment & Sports Arena (Raleigh, NC)
2002 Shaw Entertainment & Sports Arena (Raleigh, NC)
2003 Bowie State RBC Center (Raleigh, NC)
2004 Virginia Union RBC Center (Raleigh, NC)
2005 Virginia Union RBC Center (Raleigh, NC)
2006 Virginia Union Charlotte Bobcats Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2007 Elizabeth City State Charlotte Bobcats Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2008 Johnson C. Smith Charlotte Bobcats Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2009 Johnson C. Smith Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2010 Saint Augustine's Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2011 Shaw Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2012 Winston-Salem State Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2013 Bowie State Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2014 Livingstone Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2015 Livingstone Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2016 Virginia State Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
2017 Bowie State Bojangles' Coliseum (Charlotte, NC)
Spectrum Center (Charlotte, NC)
2018 Virginia Union Bojangles' Coliseum (Charlotte, NC)
Spectrum Center (Charlotte, NC)
2019 Virginia State Bojangles' Coliseum (Charlotte, NC)
Spectrum Center (Charlotte, NC)

CIAA cheerleading

One of the signature events of "Super Saturday" at the CIAA Basketball Tournament is the Cheer Exhibition. At the exhibition, CIAA cheer squads showcase elaborate themes and routines to entertain fans and display their talents.[12][13] Every cheerleading team in the CIAA is a "Stomp-N-Shake" squad which is a unique style of cheer that is most common among predominately African-American schools and colleges located in the East Coast region.

The CIAA is one of the only conferences in the country that has an annual All-Conference Cheerleading Team. The All-Conference Cheerleading Team is a recognition bestowed on select cheerleaders in the conference that exemplify the epitome of school spirit, leadership, athleticism, and academic excellence.[14]

Institution Squad name
Bowie State University Golden Girls
Chowan University Sapphires
Claflin University Panther Dolls
Elizabeth City State University Dee-Lite Cheerleaders
Fayetteville State University Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders
Johnson C. Smith University Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders
Lincoln University New FE-Nomenon (#HeyFefes)
Livingstone College La La's Cheerleaders
Saint Augustine's University BlueChip Cheerleaders
Shaw University Chi Chi Cheerleaders
Virginia State University Woo Woo Cheerleaders
Virginia Union University Rah Rah Cheerleaders
Winston-Salem State University Powerhouse of Red and White Cheer Phi Cheerleaders

References

  1. ^ Burkins, Glenn (March 3, 2014). "CIAA headquarters will move to Charlotte; tournament stays 6 more years". Qcitymetro.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Raymond Schmidt, Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1919-1930 (Syracuse University Press, 2007) p133
  3. ^ "Carpenter Named New CIAA Commissioner". Abclocal.go.com. August 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Saunders: This CIAA treasure trove fails to bring in big money at auction". February 26, 2014. Archived from the original on March 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Chowan Announces Conference Realignment". gocuhawks.com. May 22, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "2007 CIAA Tournament Week is Largest Ever". CIAA. April 2, 2007. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Marusakjmarusak, Joe (February 23, 2016). "CIAA basketball tournament declared an 'extraordinary event'". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ http://www.wbtv.com/2019/01/07/sources-ciaa-leave-charlotte-baltimore/
  10. ^ "ALL-TIME MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPION". Thecia.com. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "CIAA Basketball Tournament Site History". Theciaa.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "CIAA Basketball Tournament Preview". Charlottesgotalot.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "SAU BlueChips Perform Well At CIAA Cheerleading Competition On Super Saturday". Saint Augustine's University. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ https://theciaa.com/news/2019/1/11/cheerleading_.aspx

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