It’s a historic day for the Colonial Athletic Association as the conference welcomes Hampton University, Monmouth University, North Carolina A&T State University and Stony Brook University as its newest members.

“On behalf of the entire Conference membership, it is with great pride and excitement that we officially welcome Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T and Stony Brook to the CAA.” CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said. “As a Conference, we have been steadfast in our commitment to build a more competitive and sustainable model within the new ecosystem of intercollegiate athletics. Today we welcome four new members that, like our current members, are committed to the overall academic and athletic success of their student-athletes as well as the overall advancement of the CAA.”

Since its inception in 1985, the CAA has produced teams and student-athletes who have claimed national championships and earned All-America recognition while receiving an education at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. The addition of Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T and Stony Brook not only increases the conference’s membership to 13 for the first time, but makes the league even stronger on the playing field and in the classroom.

On July 1, 2018, Hampton joins the Big South Conference after a 22-year stint in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Hampton will now be in a conference with Longwood University, Radford University, Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, UNC Asheville, USC Upstate, Winthrop University, Charleston Southern University and Presbyterian College.

During its time with the MEAC, Hampton has won dozens of conference titles in football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track, and men’s and women’s tennis. In March 2001, the men’s basketball team made NCAA Tournament history, becoming only the fourth 15th-seeded team to defeat a 2nd-seeded team. Hampton defeated Iowa State, 58-57 on March 15, but lost to Georgetown two days later. The win still makes ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 NCAA tournament upsets.

The Pirates won the conference in football in 1997, shared one in 1998 and 2004, and won the conference out right in 2005 and 2006. From 2004 to 2007, the Pirates football team saw much success as the team won three MEAC Championships, three SBN-Black College National Championships, and was ranked in the Division I FCS top 25 poll each year. The Pirates also sent five players to the NFL Combine in 2007, the most out of any FCS subdivision school for that year. The Pirates have been dominant in tennis, winning the MEAC from 1996-1999, 2001-2003 & 2007 for the men and 1998, 2002-2004 for the women. The Pirates won the men’s conference basketball tournament in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2016.


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