Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(CIAA)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association logo
Established 1912
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
Region Middle Atlantic States,
South Atlantic States
Former names Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams (since 2012)
Website www.theciaa.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 also one school from Maryland and another from Pennsylvania. 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. Bounce TV aired CIAA games and championship events from the 2011-12 season through the 2013-14 season.

History

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.

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.

The CIAA, founded in 1912, is composed predominantly of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

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]

Conference membership

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland 1865 5,561 Bulldogs           1979
Chowan University Murfreesboro, North Carolina 1848 1,316 Hawks           2009
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1891 2,421 Vikings           1957
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina 1867 5,000 Broncos           1954
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, North Carolina 1867 1,500 Golden Bulls           1926
Lincoln University Oxford, Pennsylvania 1854 2,650 Lions           1912;
2008
Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina 1879 1,200 Blue Bears           1931
Saint Augustine's University Raleigh, North Carolina 1867 1,500 Falcons           1933
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina 1865 2,800 Bears           1912
Virginia State University Ettrick, Virginia 1882 4,900 Trojans           1920
Virginia Union University Richmond, Virginia 1865 1,700 Panthers           1912
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1892 6,000 Rams           1945;
2010
  • Chowan -- football was an affiliate member in 2008-09.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Bluefield State College Bluefield, West Virginia 1895 Big Blues 1932 1955 Independent
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware 1891 Hornets 1945 1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia 1868 Pirates 1912 1995 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 Bison 1912 1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, Maryland 1886 Hawks 1954 1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland 1867 Bears 1929 1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Norfolk State University Norfolk, Virginia 1935 Spartans 1962 1996 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Greensboro, North Carolina 1891 Aggies 1924 1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
North Carolina Central University Durham, North Carolina 1910 Eagles 1928;
1980
1970;
2007
Mid-Eastern Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Saint Paul's College Lawrenceville, Virginia 1888 Tigers 1923 2011 Closed in 2013
Virginia University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, Virginia 1886 Dragons 1921 1954 NCCAA
West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia 1891 Yellow Jackets 1942 1955 Mountain East

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 Green tickY 6
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 12 12 12 8 5 7 7 68

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 Green tickY 6
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 12 10 12 12 10 8 9 12 85
  • ? -- D-I sport

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Lacrosse Soccer Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Chowan 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
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
Daniel Gymnasium
3,454
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 social and celebratory events to entertain the thousands of alumni, students, fans and spectators in Charlotte, North Carolina.[5][6] 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 has a $55 million economic impact on Charlotte each year.[7]

Men's Tournament results
Year Champion[8] Venue (Location)[9]
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)

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.[10][11] 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, community involvement, and academic excellence.[12]

Institution Squad name
Bowie State University Golden Girls
Chowan University Sapphires
Elizabeth City State University Dee-Lite Cheerleaders
Fayetteville State University Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders
Johnson C. Smith University Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders
Lincoln University Fe-Lions Cheerleaders
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 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". 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. ^ "2007 CIAA Tournament Week is Largest Ever". CIAA. April 2, 2007. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Marusakjmarusak, Joe (2016-02-23). "CIAA basketball tournament declared an 'extraordinary event'". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "ALL-TIME MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPION". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "CIAA Basketball Tournament Site History". Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.charlottesgotalot.com/2016-CIAA-Tournament-Preview
  11. ^ http://saintaugfalcons.com/news/2015/3/1/GEN_0301153046.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.fsubroncos.com/sports/w-cheer/spec-rel/120713aaa.html

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