|Chowan’s move: See ya, CIAA|
|17 of 19 sports move to Conference Carolinas|
|Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:46 pm|
Chowan is moving the bulk of its conference affiliations from the CIAA.
Chowan President M. Christopher White announced the school is shifting its membership to Conference Carolinas with the exception of football and bowling, which will remain in the CIAA. The Hawks’ defection leaves the CIAA with 12 full members, with Claflin (S.C.) joining on July 1.
Chowan joined the CIAA in 2007, becoming the first and only non-historically black college in the league’s 106-year history.
“It is a bittersweet moment for Chowan athletics,” Hawks Athletics Director Patrick Mashuda said. “We are grateful to the CIAA for welcoming Chowan with open arms as the first non-HBCU into the conference. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the CIAA and their members, as well as, continuing our established rivalries within the CIAA. The CIAA has brought and will continue to bring rich and rewarding experiences for our student-athletes and coaches at Chowan.”
The Hawks already field teams in eight Conference Carolinas sports: men’s and women’s soccer, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s golf. The CIAA doesn’t sponsor championships for those sports, with the exception of tennis.
“We are thrilled to have Chowan joining our conference as a full member and the experience it will provide to everyone involved,” Conference Carolinas Commissioner Alan Patterson said. “Our mission as a conference is to provide our student-athletes with as many possibilities to excel on and off the field of play, which this move will allow.”
Chowan will launch men’s swimming in the fall, which will compete immediately in Conference Carolinas. The baseball program will join Conference Carolinas in 2018-19 after playing as an independent this year.
“We look forward to developing relationships in Conference Carolinas,” Matshuda said. “Realigning with Conference Carolinas allows 17 of Chowan’s 19 sponsored sports to compete under one conference umbrella.”
With the addition of Chowan, Conference Carolinas will expand to 12 schools, which include Belmont Abbey, Barton, Lees-McRae and Mount Olive in North Carolina.
“It has been a pleasure to have Chowan as a member of the CIAA,” Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said. “Due to the growth of their athletic programs we understand their decision to transition to Conference Carolinas for all sports except football and bowling. We look forward to having them as associate members and working with their administration in the upcoming year.”
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