Friday, March 1, 2024

CAA Changes Name To Coastal Athletic Association

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RICHMOND — The Colonial Athletic Association, home to Tribe Athletics, announced Thursday it has changed its name to the Coastal Athletic Association.

The league, which will still be referred to as the CAA, will also continue to use the same conference logo.

According to the CAA, the new name reflects its recent expansion, noting it has members spanning the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to South Carolina.

“The Conference’s new name represents a culmination of its efforts over the past three years to expand its membership, solidify its geographic footprint and affirm its long-standing mission through a new vision statement which emphasizes that CAA institutions work together to advance nationally competitive college athletic programs – coupled with outstanding academic programs — that empower student athletes as whole persons who strive at the highest level in every aspect of their lives,” said CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio.  “Our new name is reflective of the Conference’s continuity and unity, as well as each institutions’ commitment to be United in Excellence.”

Membership in the conference has reached its highest point in the league’s nearly 40-year history, with 14 institutions spread across nine states.

Full members include:

  • Campbell University (Buies Creek, North Carolina)
  • College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia)
  • Elon University (Elon, North Carolina)
  • Hampton University (Hampton)
  • Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)
  • Monmouth University (West Long Branch, New Jersey)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, North Carolina)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, New York)
  • Towson University (Towson, Maryland)
  • William & Mary (Williamsburg)

“The CAA’s Board of Directors, institutional administrators and Conference staff have worked collaboratively over the past three years to best position the league for future success both athletically and academically,” noted CAA BOD Chair and College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu.  “The addition of Campbell, Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T and Stony Brook have not only solidified the CAA’s membership, but through the CAA Academic Alliance have provided enhanced opportunities for academic collaboration and civil engagement amongst the Conference’s members. Consistent with our Conference’s longstanding tradition, the schools of our expanded footprint along the Atlantic Coast are renowned for their pursuit of academic excellence. Our new Conference name is symbolic of the unified academic framework in which each institution prioritizes student-athlete academic engagement and achievement.”

The league’s football conference, which stretches across 10 states from Maine to North Carolina, will also reflect the name change but continue to be referred to as the CAA Football Conference. CAA Football features the largest membership in the FCS for the 2023 season with 15 institutions.

  • University at Albany (Albany, New York)
  • Campbell University (Buies Creek, North Carolina)
  • University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)
  • Elon University (Elon, North Carolina)
  • Hampton University (Hampton)
  • University of Maine (Orono, Maine)
  • Monmouth University (West Long Branch, New Jersey)
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham, New Hampshire)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)
  • University of Richmond (Richmond)
  • Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, New York)
  • Towson University (Towson, Maryland)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, Pennsylvania)
  • William & Mary (Williamsburg)

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