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Colonial Athletic Association
(CAA)
Colonial Athletic Association logo
Established 1979
Association NCAA
Division Division I FCS
Members 10
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Region East Coast
Former names ECAC South
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Commissioner Tom Yeager (since 1979)
Website caasports.com
Locations
Colonial Athletic Association locations

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division I whose full-time members are located in East Coast states from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Most of its members are public universities, and the conference is headquartered in Richmond. The CAA was historically a Southern conference until the addition of five northeastern schools (all five from rival conference America East) after the turn of the 21st century, which added balance to the conference.

The CAA was founded in 1979 as the ECAC South basketball league. It was renamed the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985 when it added championships in other sports (although a number of members maintain ECAC affiliation in some sports). As of 2006, it organizes championships in 21 men's and women's sports. The addition of Northeastern University in 2005 gave the conference the NCAA minimum of six football programs needed to sponsor football. For the 2007 football season, all of the Atlantic 10 Conference's football programs joined the CAA football conference, as agreed upon in May 2005.

History[edit]

Logo used until 2013.

The CAA has expanded in recent years, following the exits of longtime members such as the United States Naval Academy, the University of Richmond, East Carolina University, and American University. In 2001, the six-member conference added four additional universities: Towson University, Drexel University, Hofstra University, and the University of Delaware. Four years later the league expanded again when Georgia State University and Northeastern University joined, further enlarging the conference footprint. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) left for the Atlantic 10 Conference in July 2012,[1] More changes came in 2013: Old Dominion University left for Conference USA,[2] Georgia State joined the Sun Belt Conference,[3] and the College of Charleston joined the CAA from the Southern Conference.[4]

On the playing field, the CAA has produced 16 national team champions in five different sports (the most recent being the Villanova Wildcats who won the 2009 Division I FCS football championship), 33 individual national champions, 11 national coaches of the year, 11 national players of the year and 12 Honda Award winners. In 2006, George Mason became the first CAA team to reach the Final Four. In 2011, the VCU Rams became the second CAA team to reach the Final Four, as well as the first team to win five games en route, due to their participation in the First Four round.

On March 25, 2013, George Mason University left the CAA to join the Atlantic-10 Conference.[5] Shortly after, the CAA ceased sponsorship of wrestling due to the lack of teams.

Member schools[edit]

Full members[edit]

Current full members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Type Undergraduate
Enrollment
Postgraduate
Enrollment
Nickname Colors Mascot
or symbol
College of Charleston Charleston, SC
(125,583)
1770 2013 Public 9,866 1,454 Cougars                Clyde the Cougar
University of Delaware Newark, DE
(31,454)
1743 2001 Private/Public 17,484 3,654 Fightin' Blue Hens           YoUDee
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
(1,526,006)
1891 2001 Private 15,876 8,126 Dragons           Mario the Magnificent
Elon University Elon, NC
(9,419)
1889 2014 Private 5,599 706 Phoenix           The Phoenix
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
(53,891)
1935 2001 Private 7,631 4,933 Pride                Kate and Willie
James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
(48,914)
1908 1979 Public 20,181 1,750 Dukes           Duke Dog
Northeastern University Boston, MA
(636,479)
1898 2005 Private 16,685 7,855 Huskies           Paws
Towson University Towson, MD
(55,197)
1866 1979‡
2001
Public
(University System of Maryland)
18,003 3,947 Tigers           Doc
University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
(109,922)
1947 1984 Public
(University of North Carolina System)
12,743 1,328 Seahawks                Sammy the Seahawk
College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
(15,167)
1693 1979 Public 6,271 2,105 Tribe           Griffin
Notes

‡ - Towson joined the league as a charter member in 1979, left in 1981 to join the ECAC-Metro Conference, and re-joined the CAA in 2001.

Former full members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Left Type Undergraduate
Enrollment
Postgraduate
Enrollment
Nickname Colors Mascot
or symbol
Current Conference
American University Washington, D.C.
(646,449)
1893 1984 2001 Private
(United Methodist Church)
7,212 5,230 Eagles           Clawed Patriot
University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
(621,342)
1925 1979 1981 Public
(University System of Maryland)
2,412 3,003 Super Bees †           N/A
Catholic University Washington, D.C.
(646,449)
1887 1979 1981 Private
(Roman Catholic)
3,469 3,236 Cardinals           Red Landmark
(NCAA Division III)
East Carolina University Greenville, NC
(87,242)
1907 1981 2001 Public
(University of North Carolina)
21,589 5,797 Pirates           PeeDee American
George Mason University Fairfax, VA
(22,565)
1957 1979 2013 Public 20,782 12,405 Patriots           The Patriot Atlantic 10 (A-10)
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
(443,775)
1913 2005 2013 Public
(University System of Georgia)
23,961 8,126 Panthers                Pounce Sun Belt
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD
(38,394)
1845 1979 1991 US Service Academy 4,756 Midshipmen           Bill the Goat Patriot
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
(246,392)
1930 1979
1991
1982
2013
Public 18,695 5,501 Monarchs           Big Blue C-USA
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
(211,172)
1830 1979 2001 Private 3,400 961 Spiders           WebstUR Atlantic 10 (A-10)
Saint Francis University Loretto, PA
(1,302)
1847 1979 1981 Private
(Roman Catholic)
1,832 617 Red Flash           Northeast (NEC)
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
(211,172)
1838 1995 2012 Public 23,951 6,094 Rams           Rodney Atlantic 10 (A-10)

† – The University of Baltimore dropped athletics in 1983.

Associate members[edit]

Current associate members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Type Undergraduate
Enrollment
Postgraduate
Enrollment
Nickname Colors Mascot
or symbol
Primary
Conference
CAA
Sport
University at Albany Albany, NY
(97,904)
1844 2013 Public
(State University of New York)
12,950 4,650 Great Danes           Damien & Lil'D America East football
University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
(259,384)
1846 2008 Public
(State University of New York)
19,505 10,500 Bulls           Victor E. Bull Mid-American rowing
University of Dayton Dayton, OH
(141,527)
1850 2002 Private
(Roman CatholicSociety of Mary)
8,069 3,117 Flyers           Rudy Flyer Atlantic 10 women's golf
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
(19,435)
1849 2012 Public 18,621 4,798 Eagles           Swoop Mid-American women's rowing
Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
(59,404)
1942 2014 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
3,835 1,156 Stags           Lucas MAAC men's lacrosse
University of Maine Orono, ME
(10,362)
1865 2007 Public 8,429 2,472 Black Bears           Bananas T. Bear America East football
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
(37,819)
1863 2009 Public 21,373 6,196 Minutemen           Sam the Minuteman Atlantic 10 men's lacrosse
University of New Hampshire Durham, NH
(14,638)
1866 2007 Public
(University System of New Hampshire)
11,942 2,434 Wildcats           Wild E. Cat & Gnarlz America East football
University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
(5,446)
1892 2007 Public 12,900 2,900 Rams                Rhody the Ram Atlantic 10 football
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
(211,172)
1830 2007fb.,
2002w.gf.
Private 3,400 961 Spiders           WebstUR Atlantic 10 football,
women's golf
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
(13,740)
1957 2013 Public
(State University of New York)
16,342 8,252 Seawolves           Wolfie the Seawolf America East football
Villanova University Villanova, PA
(31,531 – Radnor Township)
1842 2007 Private
(Roman CatholicOrder of Saint Augustine)
6,394 3,200 Wildcats                Will D. Cat Big East football


Former associate members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Left Type Undergraduate
Enrollment
Postgraduate
Enrollment
Nickname Mascot
or symbol
Primary
Conference
CAA
Sport
Binghamton University Vestal, NY
(28,043)
1946 2001 2012 Public 16,098 13,013 Bearcats Baxter the Bearcat America East wrestling
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
(22,491)
1842 2001 2001 Private
(Roman Catholic)
9,110 4,673 Eagles Baldwin the Eagle ACC wrestling
Boston University Boston, MA
(636,479)
1839 2001wr.,
2011w.row.
2012wr.,
2012w.row.
Private 15,803 14,132 Terriers Rhett the Boston Terrier Patriot wrestling,
women's rowing
Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
(2,215)
1887 1996 2007 Private
(Baptist)
1,669 2,451 Fighting Camels Gaylord the Camel Big South wrestling
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
(75,568)
1971 1991 1993 Private
(Christian)
12,600 5,814 Flames Sparky Big South wrestling
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
(622,104)
1852 2001 2001 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
3,863 2,217 Greyhounds Greyhound Patriot men’s lacrosse
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
(37,819)
1863 2007 2011 Public 21,373 6,196 Minutemen Sam the Minuteman Atlantic 10 football
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
(277,080)
1891 1994 1995 Public 14,664 3,838 Spartans "Spiro" The Spartan SoCon wrestling
Penn State University University Park, PA
(12,764)
1855 2009 2014 Public
(State-related)
39,192 6,159 Nittany Lions Nittany Lion Big Ten men's lacrosse
Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
(3,887)
1865 2001 2012 Private 4,050 1,204 Broncs - MAAC wrestling
Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
(24,185)
1921 2001 2008 Private 4,000 1,100 Colonials RoMo Northeast (NEC) men’s lacrosse
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
(59,404)
1963 2005m.lax.,
2001wr.
2008m.lax.,
2009wr.
Private
(Roman Catholic)
4,192 1,831 Pioneers "Big Red" the Pioneer Northeast (NEC) men’s lacrosse,
wrestling
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA
(1,526,006)
1851 2010 2012 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
4,670 3,580 Hawks The Hawk Atlantic 10 (A-10) men’s lacrosse
Villanova University Villanova, PA
(31,531 – Radnor Township)
1842 2001 2008 Private
(Roman CatholicOrder of Saint Augustine)
6,394 3,200 Wildcats Will D. Cat Big East men's lacrosse
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA
(42,620)
1872 1992 1997 Public 23,976 7,228 Hokies HokieBird ACC wrestling
Wagner College Staten Island, NY
(472,621)
1883 2001 2006 Private 2,000 400 Seahawks - Northeast (NEC) wrestling
Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
(296,943)
1831 2002 2012 Private
(JesuitCatholic Church)
4,485 2,165 Musketeers D'Artagnan the Musketeer,
the Blue Blob
Big East women's golf

Membership timeline[edit]

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Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (list sports)

Sports[edit]

Locations of CAA full member institutions, as of 2014.

The CAA sponsors championship competitions in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. More than a dozen schools are associate members in five sports.[6]

Teams in Colonial Athletic Association competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
8
-
Basketball
9
9
Cross Country
5
8
Field Hockey
-
7
Football
11
-
Golf
8
8
Lacrosse
6
6
Rowing
-
5
Soccer
8
9
Softball
-
7
Swimming & Diving
7
8
Tennis
6
7
Track and Field (Outdoor)
3
7
Volleyball
-
8

Current Champions[edit]

Season Sport Men's
champion
Women's
champion
Fall 2014 Cross Country William & Mary William & Mary
Field Hockey Delaware
Football Regular Season
Soccer November 8–15, 2014
Highest Seed
Northeastern
Volleyball November 21–23, 2014
Highest Seed
Winter 2014-15 Basketball March 6–9, 2015
Baltimore, MD
March 12–15, 2015
Upper Marlboro, MD
Swimming & Diving Diving: February 21–22, 2015;
Swimming: February 25–28, 2015

Diving: Newark, DE
Swimming: Richmond, VA
Diving: February 21–22, 2015;
Swimming: February 25–28, 2015

Diving: Newark, DE
Swimming: Richmond, VA
Spring 2015 Baseball May 20–23, 2015
Charleston, SC
Golf April 24–26, 2015
Southport, NC
April 17–19
Southport, NC
Lacrosse April 29 – May 2, 2015
Higher Seed
May 1–3, 2015
Newark, DE
Rowing May 17, 2015
West Windsor, NJ
Softball May 6–8, 2015
Highest Seed
Tennis April 16–19, 2015
TBD
April 16–19, 2015
TBD
Track & Field (Outdoor) May 2–3, 2015
Williamsburg, VA
May 2–3, 2015
Williamsburg, VA

Men's basketball[edit]

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* Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
Denotes game went into overtime

Regular season champions[edit]

Note: The conference was known as the ECAC South from 1979 to 1985.

Season Regular Season Champion Conference Record
1980 Old Dominion ?
1981 James Madison ?
1982 James Madison 10–1
1983 William & Mary 9–0
1984 Richmond 7–3
1985 Navy 11–3
1986 Navy 13–1
1987 Navy 13–1
1988 Richmond 11–3
1989 Richmond 13–1
1990 James Madison 11–3
1991 James Madison 12–2
1992 Richmond 12–2
1993 James Madison 11–3
1994 Old Dominion 10–4
1995 Old Dominion 12–2
1996 VCU 14–2
1997 Old Dominion 10–6
1998* William & Mary
UNC Wilmington
13–3
1999 George Mason 13–3
2000* George Mason
James Madison
12–4
2001 Richmond 12–4
2002 UNC Wilmington 14–4
2003 UNC Wilmington 15–3
2004 VCU 14–4
2005 Old Dominion 15–3
2006* George Mason
UNC Wilmington
15–3
2007 VCU 16–2
2008 VCU 15–3
2009 VCU 14–4
2010 Old Dominion 15–3
2011 George Mason 16–2
2012 Drexel 16–2
2013 Northeastern 14–4
2014 Delaware 14–2

History of the Tournament Final[edit]

Year CAA Champions Score Runner-Up Tournament MVP Venue
1980 Old Dominion 62–51 Navy Mark West, ODU Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1981 James Madison 69–60 Richmond Charles Fisher, JMU Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1982 Old Dominion 58–57 James Madison Mark West, ODU Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, VA)
1983 James Madison 41–38 William & Mary Derek Steele, JMU Robins Center (Richmond, VA)
1984 Richmond 74–55 Navy Johnny Newman, UR Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
1985 Navy 85–76 Richmond Vernon Butler, Navy William & Mary Hall (Williamsburg, VA)
1986 Navy 72–61 George Mason David Robinson, Navy Patriot Center (Fairfax, VA)
1987 Navy 53–50 James Madison David Robinson, Navy Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1988 Richmond 73–70 George Mason Peter Wollfolk, UR Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1989 George Mason 78–72 UNC Wilmington Kenny Sanders, GMU Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
1990 Richmond 77–72 James Madison Ken Atkinson, UR Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1991 Richmond 81–78 George Mason Jim Shields, UR Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1992 Old Dominion 78–73 James Madison Ricardo Leonard, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1993 East Carolina 54–49 James Madison Lester Lyons, ECU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1994 James Madison 77–76 Old Dominion Odell Hodge, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1995 Old Dominion 80–75 James Madison Petey Sessoms, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1996 VCU 46–43 UNC Wilmington Bernard Hopkins, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1997 Old Dominion 62–58 James Madison Odell Hodge, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1998 Richmond 79–64 UNC Wilmington Daryl Oliver, UR Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1999 George Mason 63–58 Old Dominion George Evans, GMU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2000 UNC Wilmington 57–47 Richmond Brett Blizzard, UNCW Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2001 George Mason 35–33 UNC Wilmington Erik Herring, GMU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2002 UNC Wilmington 66–51 VCU Brett Blizzard, UNCW Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2003 UNC Wilmington 70–62 Drexel Brett Blizzard, UNCW Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2004 VCU 55–54 George Mason Domonic Jones, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2005 Old Dominion 73–66 VCU Alex Loughton, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2006 UNC Wilmington 78–67 Hofstra TJ Carter, UNCW Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2007 VCU 65–59 George Mason Eric Maynor, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2008 George Mason 68–59 William & Mary Folarin Campbell, GMU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2009 VCU 71–50 George Mason Eric Maynor, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2010 Old Dominion 60–53 William & Mary Gerald Lee, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2011 Old Dominion 70-65 VCU Frank Hassell, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2012 VCU 59-56 Drexel Theus, DariusDarius Theus, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2013 James Madison 70-57 Northeastern Davis, A.J.A.J. Davis, JMU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
2014 Delaware 75-74 William & Mary Threatt, JarvisJarvis Threatt, Delaware Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
2015 Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
2016 Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)

In December 2012 the CAA announced that the 2014 through 2016 tournaments will be held at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.[7] It is the first time the tournament will be held outside the state of Virginia.

Men's Tournament Championships and appearances in CAA Tournament Finals by School[edit]

School Championships Finals Appearances Years
Old Dominion 8 10 1980, 1982, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2010, 2011
Richmond 5 8 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1998
VCU 5 8 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012
James Madison 4 11 1981, 1983, 1994, 2013
George Mason 4 10 1989, 1999, 2001, 2008
UNC Wilmington 4 8 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006
Navy 3 5 1985, 1986, 1987
Delaware 1 1 2014
East Carolina 1 1 1993
William & Mary 0 4
Drexel 0 2
Hofstra 0 1
Northeastern 0 1

Former member of the CAA

Broadcasters[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

Regular season champions[edit]

Season Regular Season Champion Conference Record
1984 Richmond 4–1
1985 East Carolina 11–1
1986 James Madison 11–1
1987 James Madison 12–0
1988 James Madison 12–0
1989 James Madison 12–0
1990 Richmond 11–1
1991 James Madison 11–1
1992 Old Dominion 12–2
1993 Old Dominion 14–0
1994 Old Dominion 14–0
1995 Old Dominion 13–1
1996 Old Dominion 16–0
1997 Old Dominion 16–0
1998 Old Dominion 16–0
1999 Old Dominion 16–0
2000 Old Dominion 16–0
2001 Old Dominion 15–1
2002 Old Dominion 18–0
2003 Old Dominion 15–3
2004 Old Dominion 14–4
2005 Delaware 16–2
2006 Old Dominion 17–1
2007 Old Dominion 17–1
2008 Old Dominion 17–1
2009 Drexel 16–2
2010 Old Dominion 14–4
2011 James Madison 16–2
2012 Delaware 18–0
2013 Delaware 18–0
2014 James Madison 15–1
* Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
Denotes game went into overtime

History of the Tournament Finals[edit]

Year CAA Champions Score Runner-Up Tournament MVP Venue
1984 East Carolina 54–39 Richmond N/A Minges Coliseum (Greenville, NC)
1985 East Carolina 65–59 James Madison N/A William & Mary Hall (Williamsburg, VA)
1986 James Madison 66–62 East Carolina Lisa Squirewell, ECU Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, NC)
1987 James Madison 74–62 American Sydney Beasley, JMU JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
1988 James Madison 87–72 George Mason Sydney Beasley, JMU Bender Arena (Washington, DC)
1989 James Madison 55–45 Richmond Carolin Dehn-Duhr, JMU William & Mary Hall (Williamsburg, VA)
1990 Richmond 47–46 James Madison Pam Bryant, UR Robins Center (Richmond, VA)
1991 Richmond 88–70 East Carolina Ginny Norton, UR JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
1992 Old Dominion 80–75 East Carolina Pam Huntley, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, VA)
1993 Old Dominion 65–51 William & Mary Pam Huntley, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, VA)
1994 Old Dominion 78–61 George Mason Celeste Hill, ODU JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
1995 Old Dominion 63–44 James Madison Ticha Penicheiro, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, VA)
1996 Old Dominion 84–58 James Madison Clarisse Machanguana, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, VA)
1997 Old Dominion 83–46 East Carolina Clarisse Machanguana, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1998 Old Dominion 82–49 American Ticha Penicheiro, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA)
1999 Old Dominion 73–67 East Carolina Natalie Diaz, ODU Robins Center (Richmond, VA)
2000 Old Dominion 92–49 UNC Wilmington Natalie Diaz, ODU ALLTEL Pavilion (Richmond, VA)
2001 Old Dominion 66–62 James Madison Monique Coker, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, VA)
2002 Old Dominion 76–48 UNC Wilmington Okeisha Howard, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, VA)
2003 Old Dominion 66–58 Delaware Shareese Grant, ODU Ted Constant Convocation Center (Norfolk, VA)
2004 Old Dominion 85–81 George Mason Shareese Grant, ODU Ted Constant Convocation Center (Norfolk, VA)
2005 Old Dominion 78–74 Delaware Shareese Grant, ODU Patriot Center (Fairfax, VA)
2006 Old Dominion 58–54 James Madison T. J. Jordan, ODU Patriot Center (Fairfax, VA)
2007 Old Dominion 78–70 James Madison T. J. Jordan, ODU Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
2008 Old Dominion 74–51 VCU Shahida Williams, ODU Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
2009 Drexel 64–58 James Madison Gabriela Marginean, Drexel JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
2010 James Madison 67–53 Old Dominion Dawn Evans, JMU JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, VA)
2011 James Madison 67-61 Delaware Dawn Evans, JMU The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, MD)
2012 Delaware 59-43 Drexel Elena Delle Donne, UD The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, MD)
2013 Delaware 59-56 Drexel Elena Delle Donne, UD The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, MD)
2014 James Madison 70-45 Delaware The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, MD)

Women's Tournament Championships and appearances in CAA Finals by School[edit]

School Championships Finals Appearances Years
Old Dominion 17 18 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
James Madison 7 15 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2010, 2011, 2014
Delaware 2 6 2012, 2013
East Carolina 2 6 1984, 1985
Richmond 2 4 1990, 1991
Drexel 1 3 2009
American 0 2
George Mason 0 2
UNC Wilmington 0 2
William & Mary 0 1
VCU 0 1

Former member of the CAA

Football[edit]

Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference
(CAA, CAA Football)
Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference logo
Established 2007
Association NCAA
Division Division I FCS
Members 11
Sports fielded 1 (men's: 1 (football))
Region East Coast
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Website caasports.com
Locations
Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference locations

The CAA Football Conference was formed in 2005, although it did not begin play until 2007, as a separate conference independent of the CAA, but administered by the CAA front office. For this reason, there are no true "football associate members" as every member of CAA Football is a full-member of the football-only conference. In the 2004–05 academic year, the CAA had five member schools that sponsored football, all of them as football-only members of the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10). In 2005, as previously noted, Northeastern accepted the CAA's offer of membership, giving the CAA the six football-playing members it needed under NCAA rules to organize a football conference. At that time, the CAA announced it would launch its new football conference in 2007. Next, the CAA invited the University of Richmond to become a football-only member effective in 2007. Once UR accepted the offer, this left the A10 football conference with only five members, less than the six required under NCAA rules. As a result, the remaining A10 football programs all decided to join the CAA on a football-only basis, spelling the end of A10 football, at least under that conference's banner. Since the CAA football conference had the same members as the A10 the previous year, it can be said that the CAA football conference is the A10 football conference under new management.

The CAA football conference's original conference was the New England Conference, founded in 1938 by four state-supported universities in that region plus Northeastern; three of the public schools are currently in the CAA football conference. After the departure of Northeastern in 1945, the remaining members joined New England's other land-grant colleges, the University of Massachusetts and the University of Vermont, to form the Yankee Conference under a new charter in 1946, with competition starting in 1947. That conference, which over time came to include many schools outside its original New England base, eventually dropped all sports other than football in 1975, and merged with the A10 in 1997. Every school that was in the Yankee Conference at the time of the A10 merger and still fields an FCS-level football team (nine out of the final 12 members of the Yankee Conference) is in the CAA football conference. As further proof of the continuity between conferences, the CAA inherited the A10's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, which in turn was inherited from the Yankee.

On May 31, 2006, Old Dominion University announced that it would start a football team to begin play in 2009.[8] ODU joined the CAA football conference in 2011.[9] On April 17, 2008, Georgia State University announced that it would start a football team to begin play in 2010 and join the CAA football conference in 2012.[10] The team is playing in the 70,000 seat Georgia Dome, but is restricting ticket sales to just over 28,000 for virtually all its games. However, GSU played only the 2012 season in the CAA, and was not eligible for the conference title, as it began an FBS transition in advance of its 2013 move to the Sun Belt Conference.[3]

Since the CAA began play as a football conference in 2007, a member team has played in the FCS Championship game four times, with Delaware making it in 2007 and 2010 and Richmond and Villanova winning it in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2007, the CAA set records with 15 national player of the week honorees and by sending five teams to the national championship playoffs. The very next season, in 2008, they broke that record with 19 national player of the week honorees and tied their own record by again sending five teams to the national championship playoffs for the second straight year. At the end of the 2008 season, the CAA had six Top 25 teams with four placing in the Top Ten. Players from the CAA received 78 All-America honors.

In the opening weekend of the 2009 season, CAA teams defeated three Division I FBS teams. William & Mary and Richmond took down teams from the ACC (one of the six conferences whose champions receive automatic Bowl Championship Series berths), respectively Virginia and Duke, while Villanova defeated Temple from the MAC. The following weekend saw New Hampshire defeat another MAC team, Ball State (which had gone through the previous regular season unbeaten, but ended 2009 2–10). All four of the CAA teams to defeat FBS teams qualified for the 2009 FCS playoffs and won their first-round games; Villanova and William & Mary reached the semifinals, and Villanova won the FCS championship.

Northeastern—the school whose 2005 move to the CAA enabled the creation of the CAA football conference—dropped football after the 2009 season. President Joseph E. Aoun and the board of trustees endorsed the move after an extensive, two-year review of the athletic program by its director, Peter Roby. The decision to eliminate football followed six straight losing seasons and sparse game attendance at a school whose ice rink often sells out for hockey.[11]

On December 3, 2009, Hofstra announced that the university would no longer be sponsoring football. The decision follows a two-year review of sports spending at Hofstra. School officials stated there are no plans to cut any other sports at the Long Island school. Hofstra cited costs and low student interest—only 500 students would attend home games despite free tickets—as reasons to drop the program.[12] Due to the reduction of the conference, the CAA did not use the division format for the 2010 season. Even though Old Dominion began conference play in 2011 and Georgia State did the same in 2012, the divisional format is not likely to return in the immediate future, as the CAA lost football members in both 2012 and 2013. UMass departed for FBS and the Mid-American Conference in 2012 followed by Georgia State's departure for the Sun Belt and Old Dominion for Conference USA.

The 2010 season started with the biggest non-conference win of the CAA's short history, when James Madison defeated nationally ranked Virginia Tech (FBS #13 at the time) of the ACC. JMU won 21-16 on September 11, at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium.

Current members[edit]

The CAA football conference has the following members:

Former members[edit]

The former members of the CAA football conference are:

Northeastern also played in the Yankee and Atlantic 10 Football Conferences from 1993 to 2006, as did Massachusetts from 1947 to 2006 and Hofstra from 2001 to 2006.

Additionally, former members of its ancestor conferences (New England Conference, Yankee Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference) include:

Membership timeline[edit]

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Full members

Conference champions[edit]

* Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
Denotes team failed to qualify for FCS Playoffs
Bold type Denotes national champion in the same season
Year Team(s) Conference Record Overall Record(s) Head Coach(es)
2007* Massachusetts
Richmond
7–1 10–3
11–3
Don Brown
Dave Clawson
2008 James Madison 8–0 12–2 Mickey Matthews
2009* Richmond
Villanova
7–1 11–2
14–1
Mike London
Andy Talley
2010* Delaware
William & Mary
6–2 12–3
8–4
K. C. Keeler
Jimmye Laycock
2011 Towson 7–1 9–3 Rob Ambrose
2012* New Hampshire
Richmond
Villanova
Towson[16]
6–2 8–3
8–3
8–3
7–4
Sean McDonnell
Danny Rocco
Andy Talley
Rob Ambrose
2013 Maine 7–1 10–3 Jack Cosgrove
2014 New Hampshire 8–0 10–1 Sean McDonnell

All-time conference championships[edit]

School Championships Years
Richmond 3 2007, 2009, 2012
New Hampshire 2 2012, 2014
Towson 2 2011, 2012
Villanova 2 2009, 2012
Delaware 1 2010
James Madison 1 2008
Maine 1 2013
Massachusetts 1 2007
William & Mary 1 2010

Co-championships are designated by italics. Former member of CAA Football

All-time NFL Draft selections[edit]

Year Round Selection Player Position College NFL Team
2008 1 18 Joe Flacco Quarterback Delaware Baltimore Ravens
4 125 Arman Shields Wide Receiver Richmond Oakland Raiders
5 149 Tim Hightower Running Back Richmond Arizona Cardinals
6 207 Matt Sherry Tight End Villanova Cincinnati Bengals
2009 3 73 Derek Cox Cornerback William & Mary Jacksonville Jaguars
4 125 Lawrence Sidbury Defensive End Richmond Atlanta Falcons
2010 2 61 Vladimir Ducasse Offensive Tackle Massachusetts New York Jets
6 178 Arthur Moats Defensive End James Madison Buffalo Bills
184 Adrian Tracy Linebacker William & Mary New York Giants
203 Scotty McGee Kick Returner James Madison Jacksonville Jaguars
7 234 Sean Lissemore Defensive Tackle William & Mary Dallas Cowboys
2011 2 49 Ben Ijalana Offensive Tackle Villanova Indianapolis Colts
7 206 Justin Rogers Cornerback Richmond Buffalo Bills
2012 4 98 Gino Gradkowski Guard Delaware Baltimore Ravens
133 Jerron McMillian Safety Maine Green Bay Packers
2013 4 114 B. W. Webb Cornerback William & Mary Dallas Cowboys
116 Earl Watford Guard James Madison Arizona Cardinals
5 152 Cooper Taylor Safety Richmond New York Giants
7 241 Jared Smith Defensive Tackle New Hampshire Seattle Seahawks
2014 3 94 Terrance West Running Back Towson Cleveland Browns
6 184 Kendall James Cornerback Maine Minnesota Vikings

Men's soccer[edit]

Regular season champions[edit]

Note: The conference was known as the ECAC South from 1983 to 1985.

List of CAA regular season champions.[17]

Season Regular Season Champion Conference Record
1983 George Mason 4–1–0
1984 American 5–0–2
1985 American 6–1–0
1986 George Mason 5–0–2
1987 William & Mary 6–1–0
1988 Navy 5–1–1
1989 George Mason 6–0–1
1990 George Mason 6–1–0
1991 James Madison 6–1–0
1992 William & Mary 5–0–2
1993 James Madison 7–0–0
1994 James Madison 6–0–1
1995 William & Mary 6–2–0
1996 William & Mary 8–0–0
1997 American 6–0–2
1998 VCU 7–0–1
1999 Old Dominion 7–1–0
2000 James Madison 7–1–0
2001 Old Dominion 3–0–2
2002 VCU 7–1–1
2003 VCU 8–1–0
2004 VCU 7–1–1
2005 Old Dominion 9–1–1
2006 Towson 10–0–1
2007 Drexel 8–2–1
2008 UNC Wilmington 7–4–0
2009 UNC Wilmington 8–0–3
2010 William & Mary 8–1–2
2011 James Madison 8–3–0
2012 Drexel 8–1–1

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena (Nickname) Capacity Baseball park Capacity
Albany Bob Ford Field 8,500 Football-only member (See: America East)
Charleston Non-football school TD Arena 5,100 CofC Baseball Stadium at Patriot's Point 2,000
Delaware Delaware Stadium 22,000 Bob Carpenter Center (The "Bob") 5,000 Bob Hannah Stadium 1,300
Drexel Non-football school Daskalakis Athletic Center (The "DAC") 2,532 Non-baseball school
Elon Rhodes Stadium 11,250 Alumni Gym 1,544 Walter C. Latham Park 500
Hofstra Non-football school Hofstra Arena (The "Mack") 5,124 University Field 400
James Madison Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field 25,000[18] James Madison University Convocation Center (The "Convo") 7,156 Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park 1,200
Maine Alfond Stadium 10,000 Football-only member (See: America East)
New Hampshire Cowell Stadium 8,000 Football-only member (See: America East)
Northeastern Non-football school Matthews Arena (men's)
Cabot Center (women's)
6,000
2,500
Parsons Field 3,000
Rhode Island Meade Stadium 6,580 Football-only member (See: Atlantic 10)
Richmond E. Claiborne Robins Stadium 8,700 Football-only member (See: Atlantic 10)
Stony Brook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 8,200 Football-only member (See: America East)
Towson Johnny Unitas Stadium 11,198 SECU Arena 5,200 John B. Schuerholz Baseball Complex 500
UNC Wilmington Non-football school Trask Coliseum 5,500 Brooks Field 3,000
Villanova Villanova Stadium 12,500 Football-only member (See: Big East)
William & Mary Zable Stadium 12,259 William & Mary Hall 8,600 Plumeri Park 1,000

References[edit]

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  16. ^ Old Dominion had the league's best regular-season record at 7–1 in the CAA and 10–1 overall, but was ineligible for the conference title. Under CAA bylaws, a school that announces its future departure immediately becomes ineligible for CAA tournaments or championships in team sports.
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