Capital Athletic Conference

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Capital Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Members6 (5 in 2020)
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 12
HeadquartersFredericksburg, Virginia
CommissionerJeff Ligney (since 2017)
Capital Athletic Conference locations

The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in the eastern United States in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


Formed in 1989, the charter members were The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, the University of Mary Washington, Marymount University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and York College of Pennsylvania. Goucher College joined the CAC in 1991, followed by Salisbury University in 1993. Hood College, Stevenson University, and Wesley College all formally joined the conference for the 2007–08 season, although Hood and Stevenson had already joined for some sports in the 2006–07 season. CUA and Goucher College left the conference in 2007–08 to become members of the new Landmark Conference. Gallaudet left the conference after the 2009-10 season for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) for some sports. Stevenson and Hood left the CAC for the Middle Atlantic Conferences effective July 1, 2012.[1] The CAC added three members on July 1, 2013: Christopher Newport University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia University. Southern Virginia transitioned from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and became eligible for conference championships in the 2014–15 season.[2]

The CAC lost two members at the end of the 2017–18 school year with Marymount and Wesley leaving to become charter members of the new Atlantic East Conference.[3] Two more members are set to leave after the 2018–19 school year. Frostburg State announced that it planned to transition to NCAA Division II and join the Mountain East Conference, pending NCAA approval.[4] Penn State Harrisburg, which left the NEAC to join the CSAC in 2013, will return to its prior conference home.[5] The CAC will lose another member in 2019–20 when York leaves for the MAC Commonwealth Conference.[6]

The most recent change to the Capital Athletic Conference membership was announced on December 11, 2019, with the departure of Southern Virginia University who is set to join the USA South Athletic Conference in the 2021-22 academic year.[7]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The league currently has six full members. Departing members are highlighted in red.

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia Captains 1961 Public 5,186 2013–14
University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Virginia Eagles 1908 Public 4,862 1989–90
St. Mary's College of Maryland St. Mary's City, Maryland Seahawks 1840 Public 1,950 1989-90
Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland Sea Gulls 1925 Public 7,383 1993–94
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista, Virginia Knights 1867 Private/LDS 1,035 2013–14
York College of Pennsylvania York, Pennsylvania Spartans 1787 Private/Nonsectarian 5,367 1989–90

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference CAC Sport
New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey Gothic Knights 1929 Public 7,300 2013–14 NJAC men's golf
William Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey Pioneers 1855 Public 10,970 2013–14 NJAC men's golf

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. Cardinals 1887 Private 6,705 1989–90 2006–07 Landmark
Frostburg State University Frostburg, Maryland Bobcats 1898 Public 5,215 2010-11 2018-19 MEC
Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. Bison 1864 Private 2,340 1989–90 2009–10 NEAC
Goucher College Towson, Maryland Gophers 1885 Private 2,375 1989–90 2006–07 Landmark
Hood College Frederick, Maryland Blazers 1893 Private 3,856 2007–08 2011–12 MAC
Marymount University Arlington, Virginia Saints 1950 Private 3,684 1989–90 2017–18 AEC
Penn State-Harrisburg Lower Swatara, Pennsylvania Lions 1966 Public 3,441 2013–14 2018-19 NEAC
Stevenson University Stevenson, Maryland Mustangs 1947 Private 3,929 2007–08 2011–12 MAC
Wesley College Dover, Delaware Wolverines 1873 Private 2,400 2007–08 2017–18 AEC

Membership timeline[edit]

USA South Athletic ConferenceSouthern Virginia UniversityNorth Eastern Athletic ConferencePenn State HarrisburgChristopher Newport UniversityMountain East ConferenceFrostburg State UniversityAtlantic East ConferenceWesley College (Delaware)Middle Atlantic ConferencesStevenson UniversityMiddle Atlantic ConferenceHood CollegeSalisbury UniversityLandmark ConferenceGoucher CollegeMiddle Atlantic ConferencesYork College of PennsylvaniaNorth Eastern Athletic ConferenceSt. Mary's College of MarylandAtlantic East ConferenceMarymount UniversityUniversity of Mary WashingtonNorth Eastern Athletic ConferenceGallaudet UniversityLandmark ConferenceThe Catholic University of America


The CAC sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
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Cross Country
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Field Hockey
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Track and field (indoor)
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  1. ^ "Stevenson and Hood to Join MAC". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  2. ^ "Capital Athletic Conference Adds Penn State-Harrisburg; The Lions Join CNU & SVU As New Full Members In 2013-14" (Press release). Capital Athletic Conference. July 26, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Atlantic East has name, formal announcement". March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Frostburg State Set To Join Mountain East Conference" (Press release). Bridgeport, West Virginia: Mountain East Conference. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "NEAC Welcomes Penn State Harrisburg for 2019-20" (Press release). North Eastern Athletic Conference. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "MAC to Add York (Pa.) as 18th Member Beginning in 2020-21" (Press release). Middle Atlantic Conferences. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Southern Virginia Set to Join USA South" (Press release). Southern Virginia University Athletics. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.

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