CAA Football adds Hampton & Monmouth

From CAA Football

RICHMOND, Va. (January 25, 2022) – The Colonial Athletic Association announced Tuesday that Hampton University, Monmouth University and Stony Brook University have accepted membership invitations to attend the conference on July 1, 2022.

“We are delighted to welcome Hampton University, Monmouth University and Stony Brook University as the newest members of the CAA,” said CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio. “All three institutions are a perfect fit with the Conference’s vision that calls for our members to work together to advance nationally competitive athletic programs — coupled with outstanding academic programs — that empower student-athletes as whole individuals to to strive for the highest level in every aspect of their lives. The CAA is excited about what the future holds and will continue to focus on making decisions that ensure its membership becomes a competitive and sustainable model.”

CAA Football membership expands to 13 with the addition of Hampton and Monmouth. They join University at Albany (Albany, NY), University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Elon University (Elon, NC), University of Maine (Orono, Maine), University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) , University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI), University of Richmond (Richmond, Va.), Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), Towson University (Towson, Md.), Villanova University (Villanova, Pa.), and William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.) as members in 2022.

The addition of Hampton, Monmouth, and Stony Brook increases membership in the CAA to 12. They join College of Charleston (Charleston, SC), University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.) , Elon University (Elon, NC), Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY), University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, NC), Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), Towson University (Towson, Md.), and William & Mary ( Williamsburg, Va.) as members of the CAA in 2022-23.

Decisions regarding schedule layout and championship field size are underway and will be determined in the coming months.

“This is a great day for the CAA,” said John Fry, president of Drexel University, chairman of the CAA’s board of directors. “I am immensely grateful for the continued commitment of our presidents over the past 15 months as we forged a principled vision for the future with our athletic directors in these turbulent times. To share these same ambitious values ​​for college athletics with these three highly regarded universities is very gratifying.”

Located in Hampton, Virginia, Hampton University is a private university with 3,500 enrollments. It is recognized as one of the best historically black universities in the world and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school sponsors 17 Division I varsity teams and has had success as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and most recently the Big South Conference. The Pirates men’s basketball team made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016, and the women’s basketball team earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. Hampton won five MEAC football championships, including three straight from 2004-06. Hampton’s men’s and women’s track and field teams brought home the Big South Championships in 2019.

“The move to the Colonial Athletic Association is the next step in the evolution of Hampton University Athletics,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University. “Various institutions in the CAA are in our geographic footprint, meaning our student athletes will spend less time traveling and more time taking classes on campus. This move continues to keep the right focus on academics, which is our main reason The conference’s geographic footprint, as well as occasional competitions against institutions in the Northeast, will reduce travel costs while enabling competition in several of the country’s major media markets.Another important consideration is the large number of alumni in the CAA region. Hampton University has had a very positive four-year relationship with the Big South Conference and hopes to continue competing against some of its teams, as well as teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.”

Located in West Long Branch, NJ, Monmouth University is a private university with an enrollment of 6,700. It recently received the 18 best ever ranking of regional universities in the North on US News & World Report’s list of best colleges. The school sponsors 24 Division I varsity teams and has claimed the Commissioner’s Cup in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference six times since 2013. The Hawks men’s basketball team has won three regular season titles in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and made two NIT appearances under head coach King Rice. Monmouth has competed in the Big South Conference for football and has since 2017 earned three FCS playoff berths and won two league titles under head coach Kevin Callahan. The Monmouth Track and Field program has also seen a string of successes, including 55 team conference championships and 23 individual All-America awards. In women’s soccer, the Hawks dominated the MAAC during their time in the league with eight regular season titles, six NCAA appearances, and a conference record of 66-5-5 in nine seasons.

“Today is a great day for Monmouth University,” said Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, president of Monmouth. “The invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association has given our university the opportunity to partner with some of the best institutions in the nation. Those strong academic associations, coupled with the national recognition of the CAA teams on the field, will improve the Monmouth brand and increase our exposure at the regional and national levels. I am very excited to give our student-athletes and coaching staff the opportunity to take our programs to a new level. The MAAC, Big South and America East conferences have been very good to us over the past eight years, and I am grateful to the leaders of those leagues and the affiliates for their collegiality and competitive spirit. I expect this move to the CAA will benefit the entire Monmouth University community and will serve as a huge point of pride for our students, alumni and friends.”

Stony Brook University, located in Stony Brook, NY, has an enrollment of nearly 27,000 and is ranked among the top 25 public universities in the nation, and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), one of the top 66 research institutions in North America. The school sponsors 18 Division I varsity teams and has won a couple of America East Commissioner’s Cups. The Seawolves men’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA tournament once and the NIT twice in the past decade, while the women’s basketball team has won back-to-back America East titles and made its first NCAA Tournament journey this past March. A CAA Football member since 2013, the Seawolves reached the FCS playoffs in 2017 and 2018. The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team has reached the NCAA quarterfinals three times since 2017, and the baseball team advanced to the College World Series in 2012.

“I am very pleased to announce that Stony Brook University will join the Colonial Athletic Association. This invitation is a historic step for our institution and a testament to our tremendous growth – both in academics and athletics – over the past few years. two decades,” said Stony Brook president Maurie McInnis. “Today would not be possible without the dedication of our student-athletes and coaches, who paved the way for this moment. Our future looks bright and we look forward to competing for CAA Championships in the coming years!”

CAA Football has established itself as one of the nation’s premier FCS power conferences for over a decade due to its on-field success, national exposure, and the achievements of its student-athletes in the classroom, in the community, and on the following level. The league has had multiple teams in the playoffs in the past 31 years, three or more teams in the field for 14 of the past 16 seasons, and at least one team in the semifinals for nine consecutive years. A CAA team has competed for the FCS National Championship in nine of the past 17 seasons.

The CAA encompasses many of the country’s largest metropolitan areas with a geographic footprint stretching from Boston to Charleston, SC. The conference has produced 18 national team champions in five different sports, 33 individual national champions, 15 national players of the year, 15 national coaches of the year and 13 Honda Award winners. Just as impressive, however, are the awards that have been collected outside of the competition, including five Rhodes scientists and 25 NCAA postdoctoral scientists. In 2020-21, more than 2,800 student athletes of the league received the Commissioner’s Academic Award after placing at least an average of 3.0 points while writing in a varsity sport. During the conference, 42 teams in 17 different sports received NCAA Public Recognition Awards based on the latest academic progress report released in 2020.

The CAA conducts championships in 22 sports. Male athletes compete for championships in baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Female athletes compete for conference titles in basketball, cross country, hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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