|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|Members||13 (12 in 2019–20)|
|Region|| Middle Atlantic States,|
South Atlantic States
|Former names||Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Commissioner||Jacqie McWilliams (since 2012)|
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a collegiate athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. CIAA institutions are affiliated at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The twelve member institutions are located primarily along the central portion of the East Coast of the United States of the United States, in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Because a majority of the members are in North Carolina, the CIAA moved its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina from Hampton, Virginia in August 2015.
The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into Northern and Southern divisions for some sports. The most notable CIAA sponsored championship is the CIAA Basketball Tournament which has become one of the largest college basketball events in the nation.
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The CIAA, founded on the campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1912, is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the United States. It was originally known as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and adopted its current name in December 1950. The conference is composed predominantly of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to South Carolina.
Founding leaders were Allen Washington and C.H. Williams of Hampton Institute; Ernest J. Marshall of Howard University; George Johnson of Lincoln University (PA); W.E. Atkins, Charles Frazier, and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University.
Football is experiencing a major resurgence after going through a period of decline at several member universities. Football was absent from the campus of Saint Augustine's University for nearly three decades, before getting reinstated by the administration in 2002. Shaw University then brought back its football program in 2003, following a hiatus of 24 years.
Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was readmitted to the CIAA after nearly three decades in Division III. Chowan University joined the CIAA in 2008 for football only. On October 14, 2008, the CIAA Board of Directors admitted Chowan as a full member effective July 1, 2009, the first non-HBCU to play in the conference.
In 2014, a collection of records, including the original 1912 documents leading to the formation of the CIAA and meeting minutes from 1913 to 1922, were sold at auction after being discovered in a storage locker. The lot sold for $11,500 to an unnamed bidder.
On May 22, 2018, Chowan University announced its athletic department will realign with the Conference Carolinas as a full-member while maintaining an associate relationship with the CIAA for both football and women's bowling.
|Bowie State University||Bowie, Maryland||1865||Public||5,561||Bulldogs||1979|
|Claflin University||Orangeburg, South Carolina||1869||Private (United Methodist)||1,978||Panthers||2018|
|Elizabeth City State University||Elizabeth City, North Carolina||1891||Public||2,421||Vikings||1957|
|Fayetteville State University||Fayetteville, North Carolina||1867||Public||5,000||Broncos||1954|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Charlotte, North Carolina||1867||Private (Presbyterian)||1,500||Golden Bulls||1926|
|Lincoln University||Oxford, Pennsylvania||1854||Public||2,650||Lions||1912;|
|Livingstone College||Salisbury, North Carolina||1879||Private (A.M.E. Church)||1,200||Blue Bears||1931|
|Saint Augustine's University||Raleigh, North Carolina||1867||Private (Episcopal)||1,500||Falcons||1933|
|Shaw University||Raleigh, North Carolina||1865||Private (Baptist)||2,800||Bears||1912|
|Virginia State University||Ettrick, Virginia||1882||Public||7,100||Trojans||1920|
|Virginia Union University||Richmond, Virginia||1865||Private (Baptist)||1,700||Panthers||1912|
|Winston–Salem State University||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||1892||Public||6,000||Rams||1945;|
|Bluefield State College||Bluefield, West Virginia||1895||Public||Big Blues||1932||1955||NCAA D-II Independent, USCAA|
|Chowan University||Murfreesboro, North Carolina||1848||Private||Hawks||2009||2019|| Conference Carolinas |
|Delaware State University||Dover, Delaware||1891||Public||Hornets||1945||1970|| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|Hampton University||Hampton, Virginia||1868||Private (Nonsectarian)||Pirates||1912||1995|| Big South |
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||1867||Private (Nonsectarian)||Bison||1912||1970|| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||Princess Anne, Maryland||1886||Public||Hawks||1954||1970|| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|Morgan State University||Baltimore, Maryland||1867||Public||Bears||1929||1970|| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|Norfolk State University||Norfolk, Virginia||1935||Public||Spartans||1962||1996|| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University||Greensboro, North Carolina||1891||Public||Aggies||1924||1970|| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|North Carolina Central University||Durham, North Carolina||1910||Public||Eagles||1928;|
| Mid-Eastern Athletic |
|Saint Paul's College||Lawrenceville, Virginia||1888||Private (Episcopal)||Tigers||1923||2011||Closed in 2013|
|Virginia University of Lynchburg||Lynchburg, Virginia||1886||Private (Christian)||Dragons||1921||1954||NCCAA|
|West Virginia State University||Institute, West Virginia||1891||Public||Yellow Jackets||1942||1955||Mountain East|
Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)
|A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W), bowling, football, softball, tennis (W), and volleyball.|
|Track & Field Indoor|
|Track & Field Outdoor|
|Elizabeth City State||4|
|Johnson C. Smith||7|
|Elizabeth City State||6|
|Johnson C. Smith||8|
|Bowie State||Bulldog Stadium||2,964||A.C. Jordan Arena||2,200|
|Chowan||Garrison Stadium||5,000||Helms Center||3,500|
|Edward Tullis Arena||3,000|
|Elizabeth City State||Roebuck Stadium||6,500||R. L. Vaughn Center||5,000|
|Fayetteville State||Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium||5,520||Felton J. Capel Arena||4,000|
|Johnson C. Smith||Irwin Belk Complex||4,500||Brayboy Gymnasium||2,316|
|Lincoln||Lincoln University Stadium||2,600||Manuel Rivero Hall||3,000|
|Livingstone||Alumni Memorial Stadium||5,500||William Trent Gymnasium||1,500|
|Saint Augustine's||George Williams Athletic Complex||2,500||Emery Gymnasium||1,000|
|Shaw||Durham County Stadium||8,500||C.C. Spaulding Gym||1,500|
|Virginia State||Rogers Stadium||7,909||VSU Multi-Purpose Center||6,000|
|Virginia Union||Hovey Field||10,000||Barco-Stevens Hall||2,000|
|Winston–Salem State||Bowman Gray Stadium||22,000||C.E. Gaines Center||3,200|
The CIAA is the first NCAA Division II conference to have its tournament televised as part of Championship Week on ESPN. Over 100,000 fans and spectators are in attendance annually and it has become one of the largest college basketball events in the nation. During the week of the tournament, there are many high-profile social and celebratory events associated with the event. The last day of the tournament is known as "Super Saturday" in which the men's and women's tournament champions are crowned. For 15 years, the tournament had an annual $55 million economic impact on Charlotte, North Carolina and was consistently the largest event held in the city every year. The conference was offered better incentives to move it to Baltimore, Maryland which is where it will be held beginning in 2021.
Men's Tournament results
One of the signature events of "Super Saturday" at the CIAA Basketball Tournament is the Cheer Exhibition. At the exhibition, CIAA cheer squads showcase elaborate routines to entertain spectators and display their talents. Every cheerleading team in the CIAA is a "Stomp-N-Shake" squad which is a unique style of cheer that is most common among predominately African-American schools and colleges located in the East Coast region.
The CIAA is one of the only conferences in the country that has an annual All-Conference Cheerleading Team. The All-Conference Cheerleading Team is a recognition bestowed on select cheerleaders in the conference that exemplify the epitome of school spirit, leadership, athleticism, and academic excellence.
|Bowie State University||The "Golden Girls"|
|Chowan University||The "Sapphires"|
|Claflin University||The "Panther Dolls"|
|Elizabeth City State University||The "D'Lytes"|
|Fayetteville State University||"Cheer Phi Smoov"|
|Johnson C. Smith University||The "Luv-A-Bulls"|
|Lincoln University||The "Fe Fe's"|
|Livingstone College||The "La La's"|
|Saint Augustine's University||The "Bluechips"|
|Shaw University||The "Chi Chi's"|
|Virginia State University||The "Woo Woo's"|
|Virginia Union University||The "Rah Rah's"|
|Winston-Salem State University||The "Powerhouse of Red and White"|
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