Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)|
|Region||Middle Atlantic States, South Atlantic States|
|Former names||Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|Commissioner||Jacqie McWilliams (since September 2012)|
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).
The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into Northern and Southern divisions in every sport except track and field, cross country, and baseball. The CIAA recently partnered with the startup network Bounce TV to televise sporting events and championships.
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 Frasher, and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University.
The CIAA's legacy dates back to 1892 when Livingstone College and Biddle University (now Johnson C. Smith University) played in the first football game between two African-American colleges. Many other sports also increased in popularity over the ensuing years.
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.
In 2014, a collection of records, including the original 1912 documents leading to the formation of the CIAA and meeting minutes from 1913-1922, were sold at auction after being discovered in a storage locker. The lot sold for $11,500 to an unnamed bidder.
A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W), football, softball, and volleyball.
|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|
|Lincoln University||Oxford, Pennsylvania||1854||2,650||Lions||1912;
|Virginia State University||Ettrick, Virginia||1882||4,900||Trojans||1920|
|Virginia Union University||Richmond, Virginia||1865||1,700||Panthers||1912|
|Fayetteville State University||Fayetteville, North Carolina||1867||5,000||Broncos||1954|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Charlotte, North Carolina||1867||1,500||Golden Bulls||1926|
|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|
|Winston–Salem State University||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||1892||6,000||Rams||1945;
- Chowan — football was an affiliate member in 2008–09.
- Lincoln (PA) — left the CIAA in 1980, and re-joined in 2008.
- Winston–Salem State — left the CIAA in 2006, and re-joined in 2010.
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
Men's sponsored sports by school
|Elizabeth City State||()||4|
|Johnson C. Smith||7|
- Elizabeth City State — Baseball is suspended with an anticipated return in the 2017–18 academic year.
Women's sponsored sports by school
|Elizabeth City State||6|
|Johnson C. Smith||8|
- ‡ — D-I sport
Other sponsored sports by school
|Bowie State||Bulldog Stadium||6,000||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 (PA)||Lincoln University Stadium||3,000||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||13,500||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|
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The CIAA cheering squads practice Stomp 'N Shake that incorporates voice, gymnastics, and dance. Over the past few decades, S-N-S has evolved into a more technical style, priding itself on precision, accuracy, and creativity. Included in this style are the techniques of up-stomp, up-step, down-stomp, kick, side-kick, roll, roll-break, power-arms, slpaz-hand, clasp, blade, and the shakes(car-wash shake, single shake, double shake, hit-shake, and jiggle-pop). CIAA Cheerleading is most known for its cheer battles. This is where squads battle each other during games verbally with chants. It provides a heightened level of excitement and competition to the sports they are cheering for. It showcases cheerleading in a different dimension. Only in this style can you excite the crowd, rally them to cheer on the team, cheer on the team and slay your opponent all at the same time.
|Bowie State University||Golden Girls|
|Elizabeth City State University||Dee-Lite Cheerleaders|
|Fayetteville State University||Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders|
|Lincoln University (PA)||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|
- Raymond Schmidt, Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1919-1930 (Syracuse University Press, 2007) p133
- "Carpenter Named New CIAA Commissioner". 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
- "Saunders: This CIAA treasure trove fails to bring in big money at auction". 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- "ECSU to Suspend Baseball Program". Elizabeth City State University Athletics. Retrieved May 28, 2014.