Virginia–Wise Highland Cavaliers

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Virginia–Wise Highland Cavaliers
University University of Virginia's College at Wise
Conference Mountain East Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Kendall Rainey
Location Wise, VA
Varsity teams 13
Football stadium Carl Smith Stadium
Basketball arena David J. Prior Convocation Center
Baseball stadium Burchell Stallard Field
Nickname Highland Cavaliers
Colors Red and Grey

The Virginia–Wise Highland Cavaliers (also UVA–Wise) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Virginia's College at Wise, located in Wise, Virginia, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Highland Cavaliers compete as members of the Mountain East Conference for all 13 varsity sports. UVA-Wise has been a member of the conference since 2013, joining from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.


Years Classification Seasons
2013–14 to present NCAA Division II 5
2012–13 NAIA & NCAA Division II 1
????–?? to 2011–12 NAIA ??

Conference affiliations[edit]

Years Conference Seasons
2013–14 to present Mountain East 5
2012–13 Great Midwest (G-MAC) 1
1995–96 to 2012–13 Mid-South 18
  • UVa-Wise had dual membership within the Mid-South of the NAIA and the G-MAC of NCAA Division II (provisional status) during the 2012-13 season.

Varsity teams[edit]


On April 23, 2012, the college was accepted as a provisional member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and announced it would begin competition as the G-MAC's seventh full member in the 2013-2014 academic year.[1] UVa–Wise also announced it planned to submit the NCAA application prior to June 1, 2012. Once accepted by the NCAA, the college will begin the official transition from NAIA to NCAA and if the requirements are met would become an active NCAA Division II member for the 2015-16 academic year.[2] However, UVa–Wise will play in the G-MAC for only one season; it announced on August 20, 2012 that it would become a charter member of the new Mountain East Conference, a conference made up mostly of former members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference that plans to launch in the 2013–14 academic year.[3]

List of teams[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (April 23, 2012). "UVa-Wise Granted Provisional Membership into NCAA Division II G-MAC Conference". Hazard, Kentucky: WYMT-TV. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff (April 24, 2012). "LOCAL COLLEGE: UVA-Wise set to join G-MAC". Bristol, Virginia: Bristol Herald Courier. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "UVa–Wise Accepts Charter Membership in Mountain East Conference". Hazard, Kentucky: WYMT-TV. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 

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