Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association logo
Established 1912
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded 14 (men's: 7; women's: 7)
Region Middle Atlantic States, South Atlantic States
Headquarters Hampton, Virginia
Commissioner Leon Kerry
Website theciaa.com
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The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. Recent addition Chowan University is the first non-HBCU to play in the conference. Conference teams participate in the NCAA's Division II. Teams in the conference are mostly from North Carolina and Virginia, though there is one each from Pennsylvania and Maryland. The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into the Northern and Southern divisions in all of the sports except track and field, cross country, and baseball. The CIAA recently partnered with the startup network Bounce TV to televise the association's sporting events beginning fall 2011.

Northern Division

Southern Division



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. Its founders 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 Frasher and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University.

The original members were Bowie State College, Elizabeth City College, Fayetteville State College, St. Augustine's College, St. Paul’s College, Shaw University, Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Union University.

The CIAA's legacy dates back to 1892 when Livingstone College and Biddle University (now Johnson C. Smith University) played in the first football game between two African-American colleges.[citation needed]

The CIAA was originally called the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The CIAA changed its name to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in December 1950.

St. Paul's College's football program was disbanded after the 1987 season. In 2002 it was revived for 3 seasons until its 2005 reestablishment of it football program in NCAA play.

St. Augustine's football program was gone for nearly three decades before it was reinstated in 2002. Shaw University reinstated its football program in 2003 after 24 years without one. Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was re-admitted into the CIAA. 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.


Men's Championships

  • football
  • cross-country
  • basketball
  • golf
  • track and field
  • baseball
  • tennis

Women’s Championships

  • volleyball
  • cross-country
  • basketball
  • bowling
  • track and field
  • softball
  • tennis

Conference membership

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Varsity Sports Joined Division
Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland 1865 Public Bulldogs 11 1979 Northern
Chowan University Murfreesboro, North Carolina 1848 Private Hawks 11 2008 Northern
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1891 Public Vikings 11 1957 Northern
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina 1867 Public Broncos 10 1954 Southern
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, North Carolina 1867 Private Golden Bulls 13 1926 Southern
Lincoln University Chester County, Pennsylvania 1854 Public Lions 15 1912, readmitted 2008 Northern
Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina 1879 Private Blue Bears 11 1931 Southern
St. Augustine's College Raleigh, North Carolina 1867 Private Falcons 14 1933 Southern
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina 1865 Private Bears 13 1912 Southern
Virginia State University Petersburg, Virginia 1882 Public Trojans 14 1920 Northern
Virginia Union University Richmond, Virginia 1865 Private Panthers 12 1912 Northern
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1892 Public Rams 14 1945, readmitted 2010 Southern

Former members

Institution Location Conference years Current affiliation
Bluefield State College Bluefield, West Virginia West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware 1945–1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia 1912–1995 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1912–1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
North Carolina Central University Durham, North Carolina 1928–1970, 1980–2007 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, Maryland Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Norfolk State University Norfolk, Virginia 1962–1996 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, North Carolina 1924–1970 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
St. Paul's College Lawrenceville, Virginia 1923–2011 Dropped sports in 2011
West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Conference facilities

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Bowie State Bulldog Stadium 6,000 A.C. Jordan Arena 2,200
Chowan Garrison Stadium 5,000 Helms Center 3,500
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 Avon Grove High School (Temporary) 3,000 Manuel Rivero Hall 3,000
Livingstone Alumni Memorial Stadium 5,500 William Trent Gymnasium 1,500
St. Augustine's Capital Stadium 3,000 Emery Gymnasium 1,000
Shaw Durham County Stadium 8,500 C.C. Spaulding Gym 1,500
Virginia State Rogers Stadium 13,500 Daniel Gymnasium 3,454
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

Basketball Tournament

The CIAA annual Basketball Tournament is the third most attended athletic event in collegiate sports after the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East tournaments.[citation needed] It was the first NCAA Division II conference to have its tournament televised as part of Championship Week on ESPN. Over 165,000 fans attended the 2007 CIAA tournament.[citation needed]


The CIAA cheering squads practice Stomp 'N Shake that incorporates voice, gymnastics, and dance. Over the past few decades, S-N-S has evolved into a more technical style, priding itself on precision, accuracy, and creativity. Included in this style are the techniques of up-stomp, up-step, down-stomp, kick, side-kick, roll, roll-break, power-arms, slpaz-hand, clasp, blade, and the shakes(car-wash shake, single shake, double shake, hit-shake, and jiggle-pop).

Institution Squad name
Bowie State University Golden Girls
Chowan University Sapphires
Elizabeth City State University Dee-Lite Cheerleaders
Fayetteville State University Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders
Johnson C. Smith University Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders
Lincoln University Fe-Lions Cheerleaders
Livingstone College La La's Cheerleaders
St. Augustine's College BlueChip Cheerleaders
Shaw University Chi Chi Cheerleaders
Virginia State University Woo Woo Cheerleaders
Virginia Union University Rah Rah Cheerleaders
Winston-Salem State University Cheer Phi Cheerleaders


A.^ St.Paul's dropped athletics on July 1, 2011.[1]


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