College of Charleston Cougars

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Charleston Cougars
University College of Charleston
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Joe Hull
Location Charleston, SC
Varsity teams 20
Basketball arena TD Arena
Baseball stadium CofC Baseball Stadium at Patriot's Point
Soccer stadium CofC Soccer Stadium at Patriot's Point
Other arenas Theodore Stern Student Activities Center (swimming and diving)
Nickname Cougars
     Maroon       White       Gold

The College of Charleston Cougars, commonly referred to as Charleston Cougars by both the NCAA and U.S. national sports media, are the varsity athletic teams representing the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina in intercollegiate athletics. The university sponsors 21 varsity sports teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, coed and women's sailing, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis; women's-only equestrian, sand volleyball, softball, track and field, and volleyball; and men's-only baseball. The Cougars compete in NCAA Division I and are currently members of the[1] Colonial Athletic Association.[2]


The College of Charleston sponsors teams in seven men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

= Sailing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA. * = Sand volleyball is an NCAA "emerging sport" which is fully sanctioned, but does not yet have a national championship.[4]


Baseball The College of Charleston baseball team was the 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012 SoCon regular season champion. In 2006, the Cougars won the regular season championship and then won the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament before advancing to the Super Regional. The Cougars have been to five NCAA Regionals and have had 56 players sign professional contracts, including New York Yankees starting center fielder Brett Gardner. The team is currently coached by Monte Lee, who played for Charleston and has his number 8 retired by the team.

Basketball The men's basketball team won the NAIA national title in 1983 and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament (1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999) under the leadership of former head coach John Kresse. The men's basketball team was division champion of the Southern Conference in 2000-2004. In 2006, the College welcomed Bobby Cremins, who led Georgia Tech to the Final Four, as its new head basketball coach. After the retirement of Cremins, the College named Doug Wojcik, the all-time wins leader from Tulsa University, as his replacement.

Equestrian The equestrian team was the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 5 champion from 2005-2010.

Football In 1897, the College fielded its first athletics team, a football squad. A football team played for the College until 1923, when it was disbanded for lack of support.

Sailing The sailing team was the national sloop champion in 1991, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2007, coed dinghy national champion in 1986, 2006, 2007 and 2013, and women's dinghy national champion in 2006 and 2010. The team is consistently ranked among Sailing World Magazine's top 20 collegiate teams.

Volleyball The women's volleyball team was Southern Conference champion from 2001–12 and made NCAA appearances in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Charleston advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2012. They were the 2013 CAA Tournament champions in their first season in the conference.

Swimming and Diving The men's swimming and diving team were Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association champions in 2008, 2009, and 2012.

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