Capital Athletic Conference
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Capital Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference logo
Established 1989
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 10 (8 in 2018)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
Region Mid-Atlantic
Headquarters Hollywood, Maryland
Commissioner Tom Byrnes (since 2008)
Capital Athletic Conference locations

The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in the eastern United States in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware.


Formed in 1989, the charter members were The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, the University of Mary Washington, Marymount University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and York College of Pennsylvania. Goucher College joined the CAC in 1991, followed by Salisbury University in 1993. Hood College, Stevenson University, and Wesley College all formally joined the conference for the 2007-08 season, although Hood and Stevenson had already joined for some sports in the 2006-07 season. CUA and Goucher College left the conference in 2007-08 to become members of the new Landmark Conference. Gallaudet left the conference after the 2009-10 season for the North Eastern Athletic Conference for some sports. Stevenson and Hood left the CAC for the Middle Atlantic Conferences effective July 1, 2012.[1] The CAC added three members on July 1, 2013: Christopher Newport University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia University. Southern Virginia transitioned from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and became eligible for conference championships in the 2014-15 season.[2]

The CAC will lose two members at the end of the 2017-18 school year with Marymount and Wesley leaving to become charter members of the new Atlantic East Conference.[3]

Member schools

Current members

The league currently has 10 full members. Departing members are highlighted in red.

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia Captains 1961 Public 5,186 2013-14
Frostburg State University Frostburg, Maryland Bobcats 1898 Public 5,215 2010-11
University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Virginia Eagles 1908 Public 4,862 1989-90
Marymount University Arlington, Virginia Saints 1950 Private/Catholic 3,684 1989-90
Penn State-Harrisburg Lower Swatara, Pennsylvania Lions 1966 Public 3,441 2013-14
St. Mary's College of Maryland St. Mary's City, Maryland Seahawks 1840 Public 1,950 1989-90
Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland Sea Gulls 1925 Public 7,383 1993-94
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista, Virginia Knights 1867 Private/LDS 928 2013-14
Wesley College Dover, Delaware Wolverines 1873 Private/Methodist 2,400 2007-08
York College of Pennsylvania York, Pennsylvania Spartans 1787 Private/Non-sectarian 5,367 1989-90

Associate members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference CAC Sport
New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey Gothic Knights 1929 Public 7,300 2013-14 NJAC men's golf
William Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey Pioneers 1855 Public 10,970 2013-14 NJAC men's golf

Former members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. Cardinals 1887 Private 6,705 1989-90 2006-07 Landmark
Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. Bison 1864 Private 2,340 1989-90 2009-10 NEAC
Goucher College Towson, Maryland Gophers 1885 Private 2,375 1989-90 2006-07 Landmark
Hood College Frederick, Maryland Blazers 1893 Private 3,856 2007-08 2011-12 MAC
Stevenson University Stevenson, Maryland Mustangs 1947 Private 3,929 2007-08 2011-12 MAC

Membership timeline

Southern Virginia UniversityPenn State HarrisburgChristopher Newport UniversityFrostburg State UniversityWesley College (Delaware)Middle Atlantic ConferencesStevenson UniversityMiddle Atlantic ConferenceHood CollegeSalisbury UniversityLandmark ConferenceGoucher CollegeYork College of PennsylvaniaSt. Mary's College of MarylandMarymount UniversityUniversity of Mary WashingtonNorth Eastern Athletic ConferenceGallaudet UniversityLandmark ConferenceThe Catholic University of America


The CAC sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
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Cross Country
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Field Hockey
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Track and field (indoor)
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Track and field (outdoor)
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  1. ^ "Stevenson and Hood to Join MAC". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2012-08-13. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Capital Athletic Conference Adds Penn State-Harrisburg; The Lions Join CNU & SVU As New Full Members In 2013-14" (Press release). Capital Athletic Conference. July 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ "Atlantic East has name, formal announcement". March 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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