Capital Athletic Conference

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Capital Athletic Conference
(CAC)
Capital Athletic Conference logo
Established 1989
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 10
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Region Mid-Atlantic
Headquarters Hollywood, Maryland
Commissioner Tom Byrnes (since 2008)
Website cacsports.com
Locations
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.

History[edit]

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 is currently transitioning from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will become eligible for conference championships in the 2014–15 season.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has 10 full members:

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 804 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

Former members[edit]

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 2006-07 2011-12 MAC
Stevenson University Stevenson, Maryland Mustangs 1947 Private 3,929 2007-08 2011-12 MAC

Membership timeline[edit]

Southern Virginia University Penn State Harrisburg Christopher Newport University Frostburg State University Wesley College (Delaware) Middle Atlantic Conference Stevenson University Middle Atlantic Conference Hood College Salisbury University Landmark Conference Goucher College York College of Pennsylvania St. Mary's College of Maryland Marymount University University of Mary Washington North Eastern Athletic Conference Gallaudet University Landmark Conference The Catholic University of America

Sports[edit]

The CAC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women’s soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stevenson and Hood to Join MAC". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  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 August 11, 2012. 

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