Colonial Athletic Association

Colonial Athletic Association
Established 1979
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
Members 10
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 11
Region East Coast
Former names ECAC South
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Commissioner Joe D’Antonio (since 2016)

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division I whose full-time members are located in East Coast states from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Most of its members are public universities, and the conference is headquartered in Richmond. The CAA was historically a Southern conference until the addition of four schools in the Northeast (of five that joined from rival conference America East) after the turn of the 21st century, which added balance to the conference.

The CAA was founded in 1979 as the ECAC South basketball league. It was renamed the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985 when it added championships in other sports (although a number of members maintain ECAC affiliation in some sports). As of 2006, it organizes championships in 21 men's and women's sports. The addition of Northeastern University in 2005 gave the conference the NCAA minimum of six football programs needed to sponsor football. For the 2007 football season, all of the Atlantic 10 Conference's football programs joined the CAA football conference, as agreed upon in May 2005.


The CAA has expanded in recent years, following the exits of longtime members such as the United States Naval Academy, the University of Richmond, East Carolina University, and American University. In 2001, the six-member conference added four additional universities: Towson University, Drexel University, Hofstra University, and the University of Delaware. Four years later the league expanded again when Georgia State University and Northeastern University joined, further enlarging the conference footprint. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) left for the Atlantic 10 Conference in July 2012.[1] More changes came in 2013: Old Dominion University left for Conference USA,[2] Georgia State joined the Sun Belt Conference,[3] and the College of Charleston joined the CAA from the Southern Conference.[4]

On the playing field, the CAA has produced 16 national team champions in five different sports (the most recent being the James Madison University Dukes who won the 2016 Division I FCS football championship), 33 individual national champions, 11 national coaches of the year, 11 national players of the year and 12 Honda Award winners. In 2006, George Mason became the first CAA team to reach the Final Four. In 2011, the VCU Rams became the second CAA team to reach the Final Four, as well as the first team to win five games en route, due to their participation in the First Four round.

On March 25, 2013, George Mason University left the CAA to join the Atlantic 10 Conference.[5] Shortly after, the CAA ceased sponsorship of wrestling due to the lack of teams.

The 2015–16 basketball season saw the conference RPI reach its highest rating when it finished the season ranked 9th in the nation.


Name Years Notes
Tom Yeager 1979–2016 Retired July 1, 2016
Joe D’Antonio 2016– July 1, 2016

Member schools

Full members

Current full members

College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina 1770 2013 Public 11,942 Cougars          
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 1743 2001 Private–public hybrid 21,856 Fightin' Blue Hens          
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1891 2001 Private 26,359 Dragons          
Elon University Elon, North Carolina 1889 2014 Private 6,305 Phoenix          
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York 1935 2001 Private 11,032 Pride               
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia 1908 1979 Public 20,855 Dukes          
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts 1898 2005 Private 20,034 Huskies          
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866 1979‡
(University System of Maryland)
22,285 Tigers          
UNC Wilmington Wilmington, North Carolina 1947 1984 Public
(University of North Carolina)
16,000 Seahawks               
College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia 1693 1979 Public 8,376 Tribe               

‡ – Towson joined the league as a charter member in 1979, left in 1981 to join the ECAC-Metro Conference, and re-joined the CAA in 2001.

Former full members

American University Washington, D.C. 1893 1984 2001 Private
(United Methodist Church)
12,006 Eagles                Patriot
University of Baltimore Baltimore 1925 1979 1981 Public
(University System of Maryland)
6,526 Super Bees           Ceased athletics operations in 1983.
The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. 1887 1979 1981 Private
(Roman CatholicPontifical)
6,725 Cardinals           Landmark
(NCAA Division III)
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina 1907 1981 2001 Public
(University of North Carolina)
27,511 Pirates           The American
George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia 1957 1979 2013 Public 23,917 Patriots           Atlantic 10
Georgia State University Atlanta 1913 2005 2013 Public
(University System of Georgia)
32,087 Panthers           Sun Belt
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland 1845 1979 1991 US Service Academy 4,756 Midshipmen           Patriot
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 1979
Public 24,670 Monarchs C-USA
University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia 1830 1979 2001 Private 4,180 Spiders           Atlantic 10
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 1979 1981 Private
(Roman CatholicFranciscan)
2,347 Red Flash           Northeast
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 1838 1995 2012 Public 31,163 Rams           Atlantic 10

Associate members

Current associate members

University at Albany Albany, New York 1844 2013 Public
(State University of New York)
17,500 Great Danes America East football
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan 1849 2012 Public 23,419 Eagles Mid-American women's rowing
Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 2014 Private
4,991 Stags MAAC men's lacrosse
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865 2007 Public 11,247 Black Bears America East football
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 2009 Public 28,635 Minutemen Atlantic 10 men's lacrosse
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866 2007 Public
(University System of New Hampshire)
14,761 Wildcats America East football
University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island 1892 2007 Public 16,795 Rams Atlantic 10 football
University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia 1830 2007 Private 4,180 Spiders Atlantic 10 football
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 2013 Public
(State University of New York)
24,607 Seawolves America East football
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 2007 (football)
2015 (rowing)
10,735 Wildcats Big East football, women's rowing
  • Buffalo will drop women's rowing at the end of the 2016–17 school year.[6]

Former associate members

Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 2001 2013 Public
(State University of New York)
16,695 Bearcats America East[lower-alpha 1] wrestling
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1842 2001 2002 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
14,359 Eagles ACC[lower-alpha 2] wrestling
Boston University Boston 1839 2001wr.,
Private 33,421 Terriers Patriot[lower-alpha 3] wrestling,
rowing (w)
The State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846 2008 2017 Public
(State University of New York)
30,183 Bulls Mid-American women's rowing[lower-alpha 4]
Campbell University Buies Creek, North Carolina 1887 1996 2008 Private
6,000 Fighting Camels Big South[lower-alpha 5] wrestling
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 1850 2002 2014 Private
(Roman CatholicMarianist)
11,074 Flyers Atlantic 10[lower-alpha 6] women's golf
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 1991 1994 Private
14,500 Flames ASUN[lower-alpha 7] wrestling
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore 1852 2001 2002 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
5,587 Greyhounds Patriot[lower-alpha 2] men's lacrosse
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 2007 2012 Public 28,635 Minutemen Atlantic 10[lower-alpha 8] football
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina 1891 1994 1996 Public 16,126 Spartans SoCon[lower-alpha 9] wrestling
Penn State University University Park, Pennsylvania 1855 2009 2014 Public
45,518 Nittany Lions Big Ten[lower-alpha 2] men's lacrosse
University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia 1830 2002 2014 Private 4,180 Spiders Atlantic 10[lower-alpha 10] women's golf
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1865 2001 2013 Private 5,400 Broncs MAAC[lower-alpha 11] wrestling
Robert Morris University Moon Township, Pennsylvania 1921 2001 2009 Private 5,181 Colonials Northeast[lower-alpha 2] Men's lacrosse
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 2001wr.,
(Roman CatholicDiocesan)
7,016 Pioneers Northeast[lower-alpha 12] men's lacrosse,
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia 1851 2010 2013 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
9,025 Hawks Atlantic 10[lower-alpha 13] men's lacrosse
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 2001 2009 Private
(Roman CatholicAugustinian)
10,735 Wildcats Big East[lower-alpha 14] men's lacrosse
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 1992 1998 Public 31,224 Hokies ACC[lower-alpha 2] wrestling
Wagner College Staten Island, New York 1883 2001 2007 Private
2,500 Seahawks Northeast[lower-alpha 15] wrestling
Xavier University Cincinnati 1831 2002 2013 Private
(Roman CatholicJesuit)
6,650 Musketeers Big East[lower-alpha 2] women's golf
  1. Binghamton wrestling now competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 This school's current primary conference sponsors its former CAA sport.
  3. Boston University dropped wrestling after the 2013–14 school year. Its current primary conference, the Patriot League, sponsors women's rowing.
  4. Buffalo dropped women's rowing after the 2016–17 school year.
  5. Campbell's wrestling team now competes in the Southern Conference.
  6. Dayton women's golf now competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
  7. Liberty dropped wrestling after the 2010–11 school year.
  8. Since the 2016 season, UMass football has competed as an FBS independent.
  9. UNC Greensboro dropped wrestling after the 2010–11 school year.
  10. Richmond women's golf now competes in the Patriot League.
  11. Rider wrestling now competes in the Eastern Wrestling League.
  12. Sacred Heart men's lacrosse competes in the school's all-sports home of the Northeast Conference. The wrestling team now competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.
  13. Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse now competes in the Northeast Conference.
  14. Villanova men's lacrosse left the CAA once the Big East began sponsoring the sport in the 2009–10 school year. Villanova football remains in the CAA to this day, and the school has also been a CAA women's rowing member since 2015–16.
  15. Wagner dropped wrestling after the 2008–09 school year.

Membership timeline

Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (list sports)


The CAA sponsors championship competitions in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Eleven schools are associate members in three sports.[7]

Colonial Athletic Association teams
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Swimming & Diving
Track and Field (Outdoor)

Men's sponsored sports by school

& diving
TennisTrack &
James Madison6
UNC Wilmington8
William & Mary9
Associate members
New Hampshire1
Rhode Island1
Stony Brook1

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the CAA which are played by CAA schools:

SchoolIce hockeySailing[m 1]Squash[m 2]Track & field
NortheasternHockey EastECAC
William & MaryECAC
  1. Sailing is a coeducational sport sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association and not the NCAA.
  2. Squash is a coeducational sport that is not sanctioned by the NCAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school

& diving
TennisTrack &
James Madison11
UNC Wilmington9
William & Mary10
Associate members
Eastern Michigan1

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the CAA which are played by CAA schools:

    Equestrian[w 1]GymnasticsIce hockeySailing[w 2]Squash[w 3]Track &
    James MadisonECAC
    UNC WilmingtonCCSAECAC
    NortheasternHockey EastIndependent
    William & MaryECACECAC
    1. Equestrianism is recognized by the NCAA as an "emerging sport" for women, but the national championship is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and not the NCAA. While several conferences exist under the IHSA umbrella, the NCAA treats all women's equestrian teams that do not compete within a recognized NCAA conference as independents.
    2. Sailing is a coeducational sport sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association and not the NCAA.
    3. Squash is a coeducational sport that is not sanctioned by the NCAA.

    In addition to the above, Charleston counts its female cheerleaders (though not its male cheerleaders) and all-female dance team as varsity teams. Neither cheerleading nor dance team competitions are sponsored by the NCAA.

    Current champions

    RS = regular-season champion; T = tournament champion

    Fall 2017 Cross CountryWilliam & MaryJames Madison
    Field HockeyDelaware (RS & T)
    FootballJames Madison
    SoccerJames Madison (RS)

    William & Mary (T)

    Hofstra (RS & T)
    VolleyballJames Madison (RS & T)
    Winter 2017–18 BasketballCollege of Charleston (RS & T)Drexel (RS)

    Elon (T)

    Swimming & DivingWilliam & MaryJames Madison
    Spring 2018 BaseballNortheastern (RS)

    UNCW (T)

    GolfUNCWCollege of Charleston
    LacrosseUMass (RS & T)James Madison (RS & T)
    SoftballJames Madison (RS)

    Hofstra (T)

    TennisUNCWWilliam & Mary
    Track & Field (Outdoor)NortheasternNortheastern

    Men's basketball

    * Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
    Denotes game went into overtime

    Regular season champions

    Note: The conference was known as the ECAC South from 1979 to 1985.

    Season Regular Season Champion Conference Record
    1980 Old Dominion ?
    1981 James Madison 11-2
    1982 James Madison 10-1
    1983 William & Mary 9–0
    1984 Richmond 7–3
    1985 Navy 11–3
    1986 Navy 13–1
    1987 Navy 13–1
    1988 Richmond 11–3
    1989 Richmond 13–1
    1990 James Madison 11–3
    1991 James Madison 12–2
    1992 Richmond 12–2
    1993 James Madison 11–3
    1994 Old Dominion 10–4
    1995 Old Dominion 12–2
    1996 VCU 14–2
    1997 Old Dominion 10–6
    1998* William & Mary
    UNC Wilmington
    1999 George Mason 13–3
    2000* George Mason
    James Madison
    2001 Richmond 12–4
    2002 UNC Wilmington 14–4
    2003 UNC Wilmington 15–3
    2004 VCU 14–4
    2005 Old Dominion 15–3
    2006* George Mason
    UNC Wilmington
    2007 VCU 16–2
    2008 VCU 15–3
    2009 VCU 14–4
    2010 Old Dominion 15–3
    2011 George Mason 16–2
    2012 Drexel 16–2
    2013 Northeastern 14–4
    2014 Delaware 14–2
    2015* William & Mary
    UNC Wilmington
    James Madison
    2016* Hofstra
    UNC Wilmington
    2017 UNC Wilmington 15–3
    2018* College of Charleston

    History of the Tournament Final

    Year CAA Champions Score Runner-Up Tournament MVP Venue
    1980 Old Dominion 62–51 Navy Mark West, Old Dominion Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, Virginia)
    1981 James Madison 69–60 Richmond Charles Fisher, James Madison Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, Virginia)
    1982 Old Dominion 58–57 James Madison Mark West (2), Old Dominion Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, Virginia)
    1983 James Madison 41–38 William & Mary Derek Steele, James Madison Robins Center (Richmond, Virginia)
    1984 Richmond 74–55 Navy Johnny Newman, Richmond Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    1985 Navy 85–76 Richmond Vernon Butler, Navy William & Mary Hall (Williamsburg, Virginia)
    1986 Navy 72–61 George Mason David Robinson, Navy Patriot Center (Fairfax, Virginia)
    1987 Navy 53–50 James Madison David Robinson (2), Navy Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, Virginia)
    1988 Richmond 73–70 George Mason Peter Wollfolk, Richmond Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, Virginia)
    1989 George Mason 78–72 UNC Wilmington Kenny Sanders, George Mason Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, Virginia)
    1990 Richmond 77–72 James Madison Kenny Atkinson, Richmond Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1991 Richmond 81–78 George Mason Jim Shields, Richmond Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1992 Old Dominion 78–73 James Madison Ricardo Leonard, Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1993 East Carolina 54–49 James Madison Lester Lyons, East Carolina Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1994 James Madison 77–76 Old Dominion Odell Hodge, Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1995 Old Dominion 80–75 James Madison Petey Sessoms, Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1996 VCU 46–43 UNC Wilmington Bernard Hopkins, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1997 Old Dominion 62–58 James Madison Odell Hodge (2), Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1998 Richmond 79–64 UNC Wilmington Daryl Oliver, Richmond Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1999 George Mason 63–58 Old Dominion George Evans, George Mason Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2000 UNC Wilmington 57–47 Richmond Brett Blizzard, UNC Wilmington Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2001 George Mason 35–33 UNC Wilmington Erik Herring, George Mason Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2002 UNC Wilmington 66–51 VCU Brett Blizzard (2), UNC Wilmington Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2003 UNC Wilmington 70–62 Drexel Brett Blizzard (3), UNC Wilmington Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2004 VCU 55–54 George Mason Domonic Jones, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2005 Old Dominion 73–66 VCU Alex Loughton, Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2006 UNC Wilmington 78–67 Hofstra T. J. Carter, UNC Wilmington Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2007 VCU 65–59 George Mason Eric Maynor, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2008 George Mason 68–59 William & Mary Folarin Campbell, George Mason Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2009 VCU 71–50 George Mason Eric Maynor (2), VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2010 Old Dominion 60–53 William & Mary Gerald Lee, Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2011 Old Dominion 70–65 VCU Frank Hassell, Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2012 VCU 59–56 Drexel Darius Theus, VCU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2013 James Madison 70–57 Northeastern A. J. Davis, James Madison Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    2014 Delaware 75–74 William & Mary Jarvis Threatt, Delaware Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)
    2015 Northeastern 72–61 William & Mary Quincy Ford, Northeastern Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)
    2016 UNC Wilmington 80–73 Hofstra Chris Flemmings, UNC Wilmington Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)
    2017 UNC Wilmington 78–69 Charleston C. J. Bryce, UNC Wilmington North Charleston Coliseum (North Charleston, South Carolina)
    2018 Charleston 83–76 Northeastern Grant Riller, Charleston North Charleston Coliseum (North Charleston, South Carolina)
    2019 North Charleston Coliseum (North Charleston, South Carolina)

    Men's CAA Tournament championships and finalists

    School Championships Finals Appearances Years
    Old Dominion 8 10 1980, 1982, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2010, 2011
    UNC Wilmington 6 10 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2016, 2017
    Richmond 5 8 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1998
    VCU 5 8 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012
    James Madison 4 11 1981, 1983, 1994, 2013
    George Mason 4 10 1989, 1999, 2001, 2008
    Navy 3 5 1985, 1986, 1987
    Charleston 1 2 2018
    Northeastern 1 3 2015
    Delaware 1 1 2014
    East Carolina 1 1 1993
    William & Mary 0 5
    Drexel 0 2
    Hofstra 0 2

    Former member of the CAA


    Women's basketball

    Regular season champions

    Season Regular Season Champion Conference Record
    1984 Richmond 4–1
    1985 East Carolina 11–1
    1986 James Madison 11–1
    1987 James Madison 12–0
    1988 James Madison 12–0
    1989 James Madison 12–0
    1990 Richmond 11–1
    1991 James Madison 11–1
    1992 Old Dominion 12–2
    1993 Old Dominion 14–0
    1994 Old Dominion 14–0
    1995 Old Dominion 13–1
    1996 Old Dominion 16–0
    1997 Old Dominion 16–0
    1998 Old Dominion 16–0
    1999 Old Dominion 16–0
    2000 Old Dominion 16–0
    2001 Old Dominion 15–1
    2002 Old Dominion 18–0
    2003 Old Dominion 15–3
    2004 Old Dominion 14–4
    2005 Delaware 16–2
    2006 Old Dominion 17–1
    2007 Old Dominion 17–1
    2008 Old Dominion 17–1
    2009 Drexel 16–2
    2010 Old Dominion 14–4
    2011 James Madison 16–2
    2012 Delaware 18–0
    2013 Delaware 18–0
    2014 James Madison 15–1
    2015 James Madison 17–1
    2016 James Madison 17–1
    2017 Elon 16–2
    * Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
    Denotes game went into overtime

    History of the Tournament Finals

    Year CAA Champions Score Runner-Up Tournament MVP Venue
    1984 East Carolina 54–39 Richmond N/A Minges Coliseum (Greenville, North Carolina)
    1985 East Carolina 65–59 James Madison N/A William & Mary Hall (Williamsburg, Virginia)
    1986 James Madison 66–62 East Carolina Lisa Squirewell, ECU Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, North Carolina)
    1987 James Madison 74–62 American Sydney Beasley, JMU JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    1988 James Madison 87–72 George Mason Sydney Beasley, JMU Bender Arena (Washington, D.C.)
    1989 James Madison 55–45 Richmond Carolin Dehn-Duhr, JMU William & Mary Hall (Williamsburg, Virginia)
    1990 Richmond 47–46 James Madison Pam Bryant, UR Robins Center (Richmond, Virginia)
    1991 Richmond 88–70 East Carolina Ginny Norton, UR JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    1992 Old Dominion 80–75 East Carolina Pam Huntley, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, Virginia)
    1993 Old Dominion 65–51 William & Mary Pam Huntley, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, Virginia)
    1994 Old Dominion 78–61 George Mason Celeste Hill, ODU JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    1995 Old Dominion 63–44 James Madison Ticha Penicheiro, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, Virginia)
    1996 Old Dominion 84–58 James Madison Clarisse Machanguana, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, Virginia)
    1997 Old Dominion 83–46 East Carolina Clarisse Machanguana, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1998 Old Dominion 82–49 American Ticha Penicheiro, ODU Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia)
    1999 Old Dominion 73–67 East Carolina Natalie Diaz, ODU Robins Center (Richmond, Virginia)
    2000 Old Dominion 92–49 UNC Wilmington Natalie Diaz, ODU ALLTEL Pavilion (Richmond, Virginia)
    2001 Old Dominion 66–62 James Madison Monique Coker, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, Virginia)
    2002 Old Dominion 76–48 UNC Wilmington Okeisha Howard, ODU ODU Field House (Norfolk, Virginia)
    2003 Old Dominion 66–58 Delaware Shareese Grant, ODU Ted Constant Convocation Center (Norfolk, Virginia)
    2004 Old Dominion 85–81 George Mason Shareese Grant, ODU Ted Constant Convocation Center (Norfolk, Virginia)
    2005 Old Dominion 78–74 Delaware Shareese Grant, ODU Patriot Center (Fairfax, Virginia)
    2006 Old Dominion 58–54 James Madison T. J. Jordan, ODU Patriot Center (Fairfax, Virginia)
    2007 Old Dominion 78–70 James Madison T. J. Jordan, ODU Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Delaware)
    2008 Old Dominion 74–51 VCU Shahida Williams, ODU Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Delaware)
    2009 Drexel 64–58 James Madison Gabriela Marginean, Drexel JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    2010 James Madison 67–53 Old Dominion Dawn Evans, JMU JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    2011 James Madison 67–61 Delaware Dawn Evans, JMU The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
    2012 Delaware 59–43 Drexel Elena Delle Donne, UD The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
    2013 Delaware 59–56 Drexel Elena Delle Donne, UD The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
    2014 James Madison 70–45 Delaware Jazmon Gwathmey, JMU The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
    2015 James Madison 62–56 Hofstra Jazmon Gwathmey, JMU The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
    2016 James Madison 60–46 Drexel Jazmon Gwathmey, JMU The Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
    2017 Elon 78–60 James Madison Lauren Brown, Elon JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
    2018 Elon 57-45 Drexel Shay Burnett, Elon Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia)
    2019 Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Delaware)

    Women's CAA Tournament Championships and finalists

    School Championships Finals Appearances Years
    Old Dominion 17 18 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
    2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    James Madison 9 17 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
    Delaware 2 6 2012, 2013
    East Carolina 2 6 1984, 1985
    Richmond 2 4 1990, 1991
    Elon 2 2 2017, 2018
    Drexel 1 5 2009
    American 0 2
    George Mason 0 3
    UNC Wilmington 0 2
    William & Mary 0 1
    VCU 0 1

    Former member of the CAA


    Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference
    CAA, CAA Football
    Established 2007
    Association NCAA
    Division Division I
    Subdivision FCS
    Members 12
    Sports fielded
    • 1
      • men's: 1 (football)
    Region East Coast
    Headquarters Richmond, Virginia

    The CAA Football Conference was formed in 2005, although it did not begin play until 2007, as a separate conference independent of the CAA, but administered by the CAA front office. For this reason, there are no true "football associate members" as every member of CAA Football is a full-member of the football-only conference. In the 2004–05 academic year, the CAA had five member schools that sponsored football, all of them as football-only members of the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10). In 2005, as previously noted, Northeastern accepted the CAA's offer of membership, giving the CAA the six football-playing members it needed under NCAA rules to organize a football conference. At that time, the CAA announced it would launch its new football conference in 2007. Next, the CAA invited the University of Richmond to become a football-only member effective in 2007. Once UR accepted the offer, this left the A10 football conference with only five members, less than the six required under NCAA rules. As a result, the remaining A10 football programs all decided to join the CAA on a football-only basis, spelling the end of A10 football, at least under that conference's banner. Since the CAA football conference had the same members as the A10 the previous year, it can be said that the CAA football conference is the A10 football conference under new management.

    The CAA football conference's earliest roots are in the New England Conference, founded in 1938 by four state-supported universities in that region plus Northeastern; three of the public schools are currently in the CAA football conference. After the departure of Northeastern in 1945, the remaining members joined New England's other land-grant colleges, Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts) and the University of Vermont, to form the Yankee Conference under a new charter in 1946, with competition starting in 1947. That conference eventually dropped all sports other than football in 1975. Starting in the 1980s, it expanded to include many schools outside its original New England base. After the NCAA voted to limit the influence of single-sport conferences, the Yankee merged with the A10 in 1997. As mentioned above, the A10 football conference effectively became the CAA Football Conference in 2007.

    The CAA Football Conference does not claim the legacy of the A10 Football Conference or the Yankee Conference. However, every school that was in the Yankee Conference at the time of the A10 merger and still fields an FCS-level football team (nine out of the final 12 members of the Yankee Conference) is in the CAA football conference. As further proof of the continuity between conferences, the CAA inherited the A10's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, which in turn was inherited from the Yankee.

    On May 31, 2006, Old Dominion University announced that it would start a football team to begin play in 2009.[8] ODU joined the CAA football conference in 2011.[9] On April 17, 2008, Georgia State University announced that it would start a football team to begin play in 2010 and join the CAA football conference in 2012.[10] The team is playing in the 70,000 seat Georgia Dome, but is restricting ticket sales to just over 28,000 for virtually all its games. However, GSU played only the 2012 season in the CAA, and was not eligible for the conference title, as it began an FBS transition in advance of its 2013 move to the Sun Belt Conference.[3]

    Since the CAA began play as a football conference in 2007, a member team has played in the FCS Championship game seven times, with Delaware making it in 2007 and 2010, Richmond in winning in 2008, Villanova winning in 2009, Towson appearing in 2013, and James Madison winning in 2016 and appearing in 2017. In 2007, the CAA set records with 15 national player of the week honorees and by sending five teams to the national championship playoffs. The very next season, in 2008, they broke that record with 19 national player of the week honorees and tied their own record by again sending five teams to the national championship playoffs for the second straight year. At the end of the 2008 season, the CAA had six Top 25 teams with four placing in the Top Ten. Players from the CAA received 78 All-America honors.

    In the opening weekend of the 2009 season, CAA teams defeated three Division I FBS teams. William & Mary and Richmond took down teams from the ACC (one of the six conferences whose champions receive automatic Bowl Championship Series berths), respectively Virginia and Duke, while Villanova defeated Temple from the MAC. The following weekend saw New Hampshire defeat another MAC team, Ball State (which had gone through the previous regular season unbeaten, but ended 2009 2–10). All four of the CAA teams to defeat FBS teams qualified for the 2009 FCS playoffs and won their first-round games; Villanova and William & Mary reached the semifinals, and Villanova won the FCS championship.

    Northeastern—the school whose 2005 move to the CAA enabled the creation of the CAA football conference—dropped football after the 2009 season. President Joseph E. Aoun and the board of trustees endorsed the move after an extensive, two-year review of the athletic program by its director, Peter Roby. The decision to eliminate football followed six straight losing seasons and sparse game attendance at a school whose ice rink often sells out for hockey.[11]

    On December 3, 2009, Hofstra announced that the university would no longer be sponsoring football. The decision follows a two-year review of sports spending at Hofstra. School officials stated there are no plans to cut any other sports at the Long Island school. Hofstra cited costs and low student interest—only 500 students would attend home games despite free tickets—as reasons to drop the program.[12] Due to the reduction of the conference, the CAA did not use the division format for the 2010 season. Even though Old Dominion began conference play in 2011 and Georgia State did the same in 2012, the divisional format is not likely to return in the immediate future, as the CAA lost football members in both 2012 and 2013. UMass departed for FBS and the Mid-American Conference in 2012 followed by Georgia State's departure for the Sun Belt and Old Dominion for Conference USA.

    The 2010 season started with the biggest non-conference win of the CAA's short history, when James Madison defeated nationally ranked Virginia Tech (FBS #13 at the time) of the ACC. JMU won 21-16 on September 11, at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium.

    Current members

    The CAA football conference has the following members:

    Former members

    The former members of the CAA football conference are:

    Northeastern also played in the Yankee and Atlantic 10 Football Conferences from 1993 to 2006, as did Massachusetts from 1947 to 2006 and Hofstra from 2001 to 2006.

    Additionally, former members of its ancestor conferences (New England Conference, Yankee Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference) include:

    Membership timeline

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    Full members

    Conference champions

    * Denotes a tie for regular season conference title
    Denotes team failed to qualify for FCS Playoffs
    Bold type Denotes national champion in the same season
    Year Team(s) Conference Record Overall Record(s) Head Coach(es)
    2007* Massachusetts
    7–1 10–3
    Don Brown
    Dave Clawson
    2008 James Madison 8–0 12–2 Mickey Matthews
    2009* Richmond
    7–1 11–2
    Mike London
    Andy Talley
    2010* Delaware
    William & Mary
    6–2 12–3
    K. C. Keeler
    Jimmye Laycock
    2011 Towson 7–1 9–3 Rob Ambrose
    2012* New Hampshire
    6–2 8–3
    Sean McDonnell
    Danny Rocco
    Andy Talley
    Rob Ambrose
    2013 Maine 7–1 10–3 Jack Cosgrove
    2014 New Hampshire 8–0 10–1 Sean McDonnell
    2015* James Madison
    William & Mary
    6–2 9–2
    Everett Withers
    Danny Rocco
    Jimmye Laycock
    2016 James Madison 8–0 14–1 Mike Houston
    2017 James Madison 8–0 11–0 Mike Houston

      All-time conference championships

      School Championships Sole Champions Years
      James Madison 4 3 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017
      Richmond 4 0 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015
      New Hampshire 2 1 2012, 2014
      Towson 2 1 2011, 2012
      Villanova 2 0 2009, 2012
      William & Mary 2 0 2010, 2015
      Delaware 1 0 2010
      Maine 1 1 2013
      Massachusetts 1 0 2007

      Co-championships are designated by italics.

      BOLD denotes the team won the National Championship

      Former member of CAA Football

      All-time NFL Draft selections

      YearRoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollegeNFL Team
      2008118Joe FlaccoQuarterbackDelawareBaltimore Ravens
      4125Arman ShieldsWide ReceiverRichmondOakland Raiders
      5149Tim HightowerRunning BackRichmondArizona Cardinals
      6207Matt SherryTight EndVillanovaCincinnati Bengals
      2009373Derek CoxCornerbackWilliam & MaryJacksonville Jaguars
      4125Lawrence SidburyDefensive EndRichmondAtlanta Falcons
      2010261Vladimir DucasseOffensive TackleMassachusettsNew York Jets
      6178Arthur MoatsDefensive EndJames MadisonBuffalo Bills
      184Adrian TracyLinebackerWilliam & MaryNew York Giants
      203Scotty McGeeKick ReturnerJames MadisonJacksonville Jaguars
      7234Sean LissemoreDefensive TackleWilliam & MaryDallas Cowboys
      2011249Ben IjalanaOffensive TackleVillanovaIndianapolis Colts
      7206Justin RogersCornerbackRichmondBuffalo Bills
      2012498Gino GradkowskiGuardDelawareBaltimore Ravens
      133Jerron McMillianSafetyMaineGreen Bay Packers
      20134114B. W. WebbCornerbackWilliam & MaryDallas Cowboys
      116Earl WatfordGuardJames MadisonArizona Cardinals
      5152Cooper TaylorSafetyRichmondNew York Giants
      7241Jared SmithDefensive TackleNew HampshireSeattle Seahawks
      2014394Terrance WestRunning BackTowsonCleveland Browns
      6184Kendall JamesCornerbackMaineMinnesota Vikings
      20157245Tre McBrideWide ReceiverWilliam & MaryTennessee Titans

      Men's soccer

      Regular season champions

      Note: The conference was known as the ECAC South from 1983 to 1985.

      List of CAA regular season champions.[17]

      Season Regular Season Champion Conference Record
      1983 George Mason 4–1–0
      1984 American 5–0–2
      1985 American 6–1–0
      1986 George Mason 5–0–2
      1987 William & Mary 6–1–0
      1988 Navy 5–1–1
      1989 George Mason 6–0–1
      1990 George Mason 6–1–0
      1991 James Madison 6–1–0
      1992 William & Mary 5–0–2
      1993 James Madison 7–0–0
      1994 James Madison 6–0–1
      1995 William & Mary 6–2–0
      1996 William & Mary 8–0–0
      1997 American 6–0–2
      1998 VCU 7–0–1
      1999 Old Dominion 7–1–0
      2000 James Madison 7–1–0
      2001 Old Dominion 3–0–2
      2002 VCU 7–1–1
      2003 VCU 8–1–0
      2004 VCU 7–1–1
      2005 Old Dominion 9–1–1
      2006 Towson 10–0–1
      2007 Drexel 8–2–1
      2008 UNC Wilmington 7–4–0
      2009 UNC Wilmington 8–0–3
      2010 William & Mary 8–1–2
      2011 James Madison 8–3–0
      2012 Drexel 8–1–1
      2013 Drexel 4–1–2
      2014 Delaware, Hofstra & UNCW 5–2–1
      2015 Elon & Hofstra 6–2–0
      2016 Hofstra 7–1–0
      2017 James Madison 5–1–2


      School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena (Nickname) Capacity Baseball park Capacity
      Albany Bob Ford Field 8,500 Football-only member (See: America East)
      Charleston Non-football school TD Arena 5,100 CofC Baseball Stadium at Patriot's Point 2,000
      Delaware Delaware Stadium 22,000 Bob Carpenter Center (The "Bob") 5,000 Bob Hannah Stadium 1,300
      Drexel Non-football school Daskalakis Athletic Center (The "DAC") 2,509 Non-baseball school
      Elon Rhodes Stadium 11,250 Schar Center 5,400 Walter C. Latham Park 500
      Hofstra Non-football school Hofstra Arena (The "Mack") 5,124 University Field 400
      James Madison Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field 24,877[18] James Madison University Convocation Center (The "Convo") 7,156 Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park 1,200
      Maine Alfond Stadium 10,000 Football-only member (See: America East)
      New Hampshire Wildcat Stadium 11,000 Football-only member (See: America East)
      Northeastern Non-football school Matthews Arena (men's)
      Cabot Center (women's)
      Parsons Field 3,000
      Rhode Island Meade Stadium 6,580 Football-only member (See: Atlantic 10)
      Richmond E. Claiborne Robins Stadium 8,700 Football-only member (See: Atlantic 10)
      Stony Brook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium 12,300 Football-only member (See: America East)
      Towson Johnny Unitas Stadium 11,198 SECU Arena 5,200 John B. Schuerholz Baseball Complex 500
      UNC Wilmington Non-football school Trask Coliseum 5,500 Brooks Field 3,000
      Villanova Villanova Stadium 12,500 Football-only member (See: Big East)
      William & Mary Zable Stadium 12,259 Kaplan Arena 8,600 Plumeri Park 1,000


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