College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

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College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
(CCIW)
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin logo
Established 1946
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 8
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 11; women's: 10)
Region Upper Midwest
Former names College Conference of Illinois
Headquarters Naperville, Illinois
Commissioner Chris Martin (since 2002)
Website cciw.org
Locations
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin locations

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III.

CCIW schools have accounted for 45 national championships in NCAA Division III competition, including 14 in men’s cross country, six in men’s basketball, six in men’s outdoor track and field, four in football and men's indoor track and field, three in women's soccer, two in women's outdoor track & field, women's basketball and men’s soccer and one apiece in baseball and women's indoor track and field.

Elmhurst College won a pair of NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships (1983 and 1985), and North Central College won a women’s basketball title (1983) before the conference began sponsorship of women’s athletics in 1986-87.

North Central men's cross country won its 13th national title in program history during the fall of 2009, while the North Central men's indoor track & field team captured the 2010 national championship. The Cardinals made it clean sweep by winning the men's outdoor track & field title in the spring of 2010. In addition, the Illinois Wesleyan women's outdoor track & field team, as well as the baseball team, took home national titles, giving the CCIW five national championships during the 2009-10 season.

North Central defended its titles in men's indoor track & field and outdoor track & field in the spring of 2011 while the Cardinals won their second men's cross country title in three seasons in the fall of 2011 and their third-straight indoor track & field title in 2012. Illinois Wesleyan won the conference's second women's basketball national title in 2012.[1]

History[edit]

The conference was formed with nine charter members (Augustana College, Carthage College, Elmhurst College, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lake Forest College, Millikin University, North Central College and Wheaton College) on April 26, 1946, in Jacksonville, Ill., and opened competition in the 1946-47 academic year as the College Conference of Illinois. In 1967, the name was changed to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, to recognize Carthage, which moved to Kenosha, Wis. in 1962, and Carroll University, which entered the conference in 1955.

The CCIW sponsors 21 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, volleyball and wrestling.

CCIW membership has experienced several changes since its inception. After Carthage left in 1952, Illinois College withdrew the following year (1953). Elmhurst and Wheaton withdrew following the 1959-60 academic year. Wheaton re-joined for all sports but football in 1967 (and for football in 1970). Elmhurst re-joined in the fall of 1967 for all sports but football (and for football in 1968). Carroll joined during the 1955 spring sports season (1954-55 academic season). Carthage returned in the fall of 1961, and North Park University entered the following fall (1962). Lake Forest dropped out at the end of the 1962-63 season. The last member to leave the CCIW was Carroll following the 1991-92 season. In 2007, Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology, located in Terre Haute, Ind., joined the CCIW as an associate member for men's and women's swimming.[2]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has 8 full members:

Institution Location
(Population)
Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois
(39,684)
Vikings 1860 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,513 1946
Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin
(99,738)
Red Men 1847 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,374 19461
Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois
(43,298)
Bluejays 1871 Private/United Church of Christ 2,748 19462
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, Illinois
(74,975)
Titans 1850 Private/Methodist 2,113 1946
Millikin University Decatur, Illinois
(81,500)
Big Blue 1901 Private/Presbyterian 2,118 1946
North Central College Naperville, Illinois
(144,560)
Cardinals 1861 Private/Methodist 2,167 1946
North Park University Chicago, Illinois
(2,853,114)
Vikings 1891 Private/Evangelical Covenant 1,814 1962
Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois
(55,676)
Thunder 1860 Private/Evangelical Protestant 2,282 19463
Notes
  1. - Carthage left the CCIW in 1951-52 season; but re-joined in the 1961-62 season.
  2. - Elmhurst left the CCIW after the 1959-60 season; but re-joined in the 1967-68 season (football later re-joined in the 1968-69 season).
  3. - Wheaton left the CCIW after the 1959-60 season; but re-joined in the 1967-68 season (football later re-joined in the 1970-71 season).

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference CCIW Sports
Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana
(59,614)
Fightin' Engineers 1874 Private 1,840 2007-08 HCAC swimming

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Carroll University Waukesha, Wisconsin Pioneers 1846 Private/Presbyterian 2,493 1955 1992 Midwest
Illinois College Jacksonville, Illinois Blueboys 1829 Private 973 1946 1953 Midwest
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, Illinois Foresters 1857 Private 1,441 1946 1963 Midwest

Membership timeline[edit]

Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology North Park University Carroll University Wheaton College (Illinois) North Central College Millikin University Lake Forest College Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois College Elmhurst College Carthage College Augustana College (Illinois)

Sports[edit]

The CCIW sponsors competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's football, men's golf, 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 indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, women's volleyball, and men's wrestling.

National championships[edit]

Year Sport School

2012 Men's Cross Country North Central College - - 2011 Men's Cross Country North Central College -

2012 Women's Basketball Illinois Wesleyan[3]
2010 Baseball Illinois Wesleyan[4]
2010 Men's Outdoor Track and Field North Central
2010 Men's Indoor Track and Field North Central
2009 Men's Cross Country North Central
2008 Women's Indoor Track and Field Illinois Wesleyan
2008 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Illinois Wesleyan
2007 Women's Soccer Wheaton
2006 Women's Soccer Wheaton
2005 Women's Basketball Millikin
2004 Women's Soccer Wheaton
2000 Men's Outdoor Track and Field North Central
1999 Men's Cross Country North Central
1998 Men's Cross Country North Central
1998 Men's Outdoor Track and Field North Central
1997 Men's Basketball Illinois Wesleyan
1997 Men's Cross Country North Central
1997 Men's Soccer Wheaton
1994 Men's Outdoor Track and Field North Central
1993 Men's Cross Country North Central
1992 Men's Cross Country North Central
1989 Men's Outdoor Track and Field North Central
1989 Men's Indoor Track and Field North Central
1987 Men's Basketball North Park
1987 Men's Cross Country North Central
1986 Football Augustana
1985 Football Augustana
1985 Men's Basketball North Park
1985 Volleyball Elmhurst
1984 Football Augustana
1984 Men's Soccer Wheaton
1983 Football Augustana
1983 Women's Basketball North Central
1983 Volleyball Elmhurst
1982 Men's Cross Country North Central
1981 Men's Cross Country North Central
1980 Men's Basketball North Park
1979 Men's Basketball North Park
1979 Men's Cross Country North Central
1978 Men's Basketball North Park
1978 Men's Cross Country North Central
1976 Men's Cross Country North Central
1975 Men's Cross Country North Central

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CCIW History". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ "CCIW History". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  3. ^ http://d3hoops.com/archives/index
  4. ^ http://www.d3baseball.com/playoffs/all-time

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