Continental Volleyball Conference
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|Continental Volleyball Conference|
|Established||April 4, 2011|
|Headquarters||Madison, New Jersey|
On April 4, 2011 Gary Williams, Associate Athletic Director of Carthage College announced in Milwaukee the formation of the Continental Volleyball Conference. The league was established as a direct result of the launch of the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship in the next school year of 2011–12, with the inaugural tournament to take place in April 2012.
With the continued growth of Division III men's volleyball, the CVC announced in March 2014 that it would split into two leagues after the 2014 season. The league's six Eastern members retained the CVC name and branding, while the six Midwestern members, plus two other Midwestern schools that had been announced as incoming CVC members, formed a new men's volleyball conference that was later unveiled as the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL). When the split was announced, the eastern members also added Rutgers–Newark, a Division III school which had previously played at the National Collegiate (Division I/II) level as a "grandfathered" scholarship-granting program, for the 2015 season.
Further membership changes were announced in 2016. First, on October 12, the Middle Atlantic Conferences, whose Commonwealth Conference was the all-sports home of charter CVC member Stevenson and new CVC member Alvernia, announced that its Middle Atlantic Conference would begin sponsoring men's volleyball in the 2018 season, leading to the departure of those schools from the CVC. Within a week of this development, the CVC announced that Kean, Neumann, and Southern Virginia would become new members for the 2018 season, and that Thiel would leave after that same season. Then, on November 21, Ramapo was announced as an incoming member for the 2018 season.
The league currently has 10 full members, with one member departing after the 2018 season and a new member joining for 2019 and beyond. The departing member is highlighted in red.
Note that because NCAA men's volleyball is a spring sport, the year of joining is the calendar year before the first season of competition.
|Cairn University[n 1]||Langhorne, Pennsylvania||Crimson Eagles||1913||Private||911||2011||CSAC|
|Eastern Mennonite University||Harrisonburg, Virginia||Royals||1917||Private||1,589||2011||ODAC|
|Juniata College||Huntingdon, Pennsylvania||Eagles||1876||Private||1,593||2011||Landmark|
|Kean University||Union, New Jersey||Cougars||1855||Private||16,000||2017||NJAC|
|Marymount University||Arlington, Virginia||Saints||1950||Private||3,633||2013||CAC|
|Neumann University||Aston, Pennsylvania||Knights||1965||Private||2,337||2017||CSAC|
|Ramapo College||Mahwah, New Jersey||Roadrunners||1969||Public||6,008||2017||NJAC|
|Rutgers University–Newark||Newark, New Jersey||Scarlet Raiders||1936[n 2]||Public||12,011||2014||NJAC|
|Southern Virginia University||Buena Vista, Virginia||Knights||1867||Private||928||2017||CAC|
|Thiel College||Greenville, Pennsylvania||Tomcats||1866||Private||1,000||2011||Presidents'|
|Randolph–Macon College||Ashland, Virginia||Yellow Jackets||1830||Private||1,146||2018||ODAC|
|Alvernia University||Reading, Pennsylvania||Crusaders||Private||2016||2017||MAC|
|Carthage College||Kenosha, Wisconsin||Redmen||Private||2011||2014||MCVL|
|Dominican University||River Forest, Illinois||Stars||Private||2013||2014||NACC|
|Fontbonne University||St. Louis, Missouri||Griffins||Private||2011||2014||MCVL|
|Lakeland College||Sheboygan, Wisconsin||Muskies||Private||2013||2014||NACC|
|Mount St. Joseph University[b 1]||Delhi Township, Ohio||Lions||Private||2011[b 2]||2014||MCVL|
|Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Raiders||Private||2011||2014||NACC|
|Stevenson University||Owings Mills, Maryland||Mustangs||Private||2011||2017||MAC|
|University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz)||Santa Cruz, California||Banana Slugs||Public||2011||2013||Independent|
- The school was known as the College of Mount St. Joseph before July 2014.
- Mount St. Joseph fielded a team in the CVC's first season of 2012. It did not field a team in 2013, but returned for 2014.
In addition to the above schools, two other institutions that were adding men's volleyball for the 2014–15 school year (2015 season)—Benedictine University in Illinois and Loras College in Iowa—had been announced as new CVC members. They never officially joined the CVC, instead uniting with the six Midwestern CVC schools in the MCVL. (Loras remains in the MCVL, while Benedictine left once its all-sports home of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference began sponsoring men's volleyball in 2017–18.)
As noted previously, the year of joining is the calendar year before the first season of competition.
- History of the CVC
- "CVC Announces Split As Teams Continue To Join" (Press release). Eastern Mennonite Royals. March 13, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- "Raiders' New Conference Has A Name" (Press release). MSOE Athletics. April 4, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- "Transitioning Scarlet Raiders Join CVC" (Press release). Rutgers–Newark Athletics. March 13, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- "CVC Welcomes Alvernia To League" (Press release). Continental Volleyball Conference. May 26, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
- "MAC to Sponsor Ice Hockey and Men's Volleyball Beginning 2017-18" (Press release). Middle Atlantic Conferences. October 12, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- "CVC Set For Expansion In 2017" (Press release). Continental Volleyball Conference. October 18, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
- "Ramapo College To Become 12th Member of CVC" (Press release). Continental Volleyball Conference. November 21, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
- "Randolph Macon To Join CVC" (Press release). Continental Volleyball Conference. August 11, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.