North State Conference

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The North State Conference was a collegiate athletic conference in the United States and is the predecessor of Conference Carolinas. Founded on December 6, 1930 at the Washington Duke Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, the conference was formed “for the greater advantage of the small colleges in North Carolina.”[1] Conference members participated in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and later National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

There were seven charter members of the North State Conference: Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University), Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College), Catawba College, Guilford College, Elon College (now Elon University), High Point College (now High Point University), and Lenoir–Rhyne College (now Lenoir–Rhyne University).[2]

Conference changes[edit]

On May 20, 1961, with the addition of Newberry College, the conference changed its name to the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC), but was known less formally as the Carolinas Conference.[2] The conference had dual NAIA and NCAA Division II membership during the 1993–94 academic year. In 1995 the Carolinas Conference dropped its NAIA affiliation to participate as a full member in Division II. Longwood University was also admitted and the conference name was changed to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC).[2] The conference adopted its current name of Conference Carolinas in 2007.

==Former conference members==[3]

For the current members, see Conference Carolinas

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Anderson University Anderson, South Carolina 1911 Private 2,907 Trojans 1999 2010 SAC
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 Public 17,589 Mountaineers 1930 1968 Sun Belt
(NCAA Division I FBS)
Catawba College Salisbury, North Carolina 1851 Private 1,300 Indians 1930 1988 SAC
Coker College Hartsville, South Carolina 1908 Private 1,200 Cobras 1991 2013 SAC
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina 1907 Public 27,386 Pirates 1947 1962 C-USA (The American in 2014)
(NCAA Division I)
Elon University Elon, North Carolina 1889 Private 6,720 Phoenix 1930 1989 SoCon (CAA in 2014)
(NCAA Division I)
Guilford College Greensboro, North Carolina 1837 Private 2,706 Quakers 1930 1987 ODAC
(NCAA Division III)
High Point University High Point, North Carolina 1924 Private 4,519 Panthers 1930 1997 Big South
(NCAA Division I)
Lenoir–Rhyne University Hickory, North Carolina 1891 Private 1,983 Bears 1930 1988 SAC
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 1839 Public 4,800 Lancers 1995 2003 Big South
(NCAA Division I)
Mars Hill College Mars Hill, North Carolina 1856 Private 1,370 Lions 1973;
Newberry College Newberry, South Carolina 1856 Private 949 Wolves 1961 1972 SAC
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, North Carolina 1887 Public 6,433 Braves 1976 1989 Peach Belt (PBC)
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private 1,300 Blue Hose 1965 1972 Big South
(NCAA Division I)
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1857 Private 2,386 Royals 1995 2013 SAC
St. Andrews University Laurinburg, North Carolina 1958 Private 600 Knights 1988 2012 AAC
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina 1889 Public 9,608 Catamounts 1933 1976 SoCon
(NCAA Division I)
Wingate University Wingate, North Carolina 1896 Private 2,700 Bulldogs 1979 1989 SAC

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only)   Associate member (sport) 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coker College (2007-01-30). "CVAC to change name to Conference Carolinas". 
  2. ^ a b c Conference Carolinas (2007-06-01). "CVAC has changed name to Conference Carolinas". 
  3. ^

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