Campbell University to join Colonial Athletic Association in 2023 – News
August 3, 2022
Campbell University has accepted an invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association in all league-sponsored sports beginning July 1, 2023.
Campbell will remain a member of the Big South Conference for the 2022-23 season before moving. Wrestling will remain a member of the Southern Conference.
The addition of Campbell in 2023 will increase CAA membership to 14 schools, joining new members North Carolina A&T, Hampton, Monmouth and Stony Brook as schools that all joined last year. CAA Football will consist of 15 teams starting in 2023.
The conference encompasses many of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas with a geographic footprint that stretches from Boston to Charleston. It has produced 18 national team champions in five different sports and 33 individual national champions.
“The Campbell University leadership team is grateful to the Colonial Athletic Association for the invitation to join this outstanding athletic conference,” said Campbell President J. Bradley Creed. “Campbell’s sports teams have proven that we can compete with some of the best teams in the country. This move to CAA aligns extremely well for Campbell in terms of the profile of sport and athletics, as well as the academic reputation of these highly regarded colleges and universities.
Campbell University’s acting director of athletics, Hannah Bazemore, called the move “which will be exceptional for our institution.”
“I would like to thank Commissioner Joe D’Antonio and the CAA Board of Directors for extending this invitation and providing Campbell University, our student-athletes, coaches and staff with this tremendous opportunity. It’s an exciting time to be at Campbell,” Bazemore said. “Academicly, culturally and athletically, CAA will be an exceptional home for Fighting Camel Athletics for decades to come. Our goal is to give our student-athletes and coaches the opportunity to compete among the leaders in the country, and joining CAA at this time affords us that opportunity.
Campbell University Athletics is home to over 600 student-athletes competing in 21 Division I sports – baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, swimming (CCSA), men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor athletics and women’s volleyball. Wrestling will remain a member of the Southern Conference.
Campbell joined NCAA Division I in 1977 and became a charter member when the Big South Conference was formed in 1983. Campbell joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in the summer of 1994 and competed in ASUN 17 years before to return to the Big South in the summer of 2011.
After a five-decade absence, Campbell returned to competitive football in 2008 as a member of the Pioneer Football League. Campbell moved on to compete in Big South football in 2018.
“We are thrilled to welcome Campbell University as a newest member of the Colonial Athletic Association,” said CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio. “Campbell is an exceptional academic institution that offers a successful and competitive athletic program. These two attributes align perfectly with the vision of the Conference which calls on our members to work together to advance nationally competitive athletic programs – coupled with exceptional academic programs – that empower student-athletes as in their own right to strive to the highest standard in all aspects of their lives. Lives.
“CAA continues to focus on making decisions that ensure its members have a competitive and sustainable model.”
In the past five years, Campbell has won four Big South Conference men’s all-sports trophies and the Sasser Cup twice as the Big South’s overall all-sports champion.
During that same five-year span, Campbell won 42 regular season and league tournament titles in Big South and Southern (wrestling) conference competition. Fighting Camel teams have won a school-record 13 regular season and conference tournament titles in 2021-22 – winning championships in women’s soccer (regular season), men’s soccer (regular season and tournament), volleyball ( tournament), women’s basketball (regular season), men’s indoor track and field, baseball (regular season and tournament), softball (regular season and tournament), women’s golf and men’s tennis (regular season). Campbell also won the 2022 Southern Conference Wrestling Tournament Championship.
Fighting Camel teams and individuals have made 49 playoff appearances over the past five seasons, including 13 spots in 2021-22. The women’s golf team has won 10 consecutive NCAA regional spots, while the baseball team has appeared in the last four NCAA regional competitions.
“We are grateful to the Big South Conference and Commissioner Kyle Kallander,” Bazemore said. “Without the growth that they allowed Campbell to join the conference in 2011, we wouldn’t be in this position today.”
Recent Fighting Camel alumni include current Major League Baseball players Cedric Mullins (Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder) and Ryan Thompson (Tampa Bay Rays pitcher) as well as former PGA golfers Tower David Mathis and Brad Fritsch. After ending his career as the third all-time leading scorer in Division I history, Chris Clemons played with the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 2019-20 and spent the 2021-22 season in the NBA G League.
Campbell was also the first team in the nation to select two players in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft, with Zach Neto (Los Angeles Angels) 13th and Thomas Harrington (Pittsburgh Pirates) selected 36th overall.
Campbell will join a Colonial Athletic Association that has established itself as one of the top collegiate conferences in the nation, both athletically and academically, for more than three decades.
Schools include College of Charleston, University of Delaware, Drexel University, Elon University, Hampton University, Hofstra University, Monmouth University, A&T University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern University, Stony Brook University, Towson University, and William & Mary University. . Soccer-only programs include the University of Albany, Villanova University, University of Richmond, and University of Rhode Island.
The conference landscape stretches along much of the East Coast and includes many of the country’s major media markets – New York (1), Philadelphia (4), Washington, D.C. (7), Boston (9) and Baltimore (26). The number of TV households in the CAA market exceeds 19 million.
The CAA organizes championships in 24 sports. Male athletes compete in championships in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Female athletes are vying for conference titles in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
CAA teams have combined to win 43 playoff games since 2006, including two NCAA Final Four appearances. The conference has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in eight of the past 12 years, with Hofstra advancing to the third round in 202. Hofstra has reached the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship three times over the past four seasons. Towson’s volleyball program has won three consecutive championship titles and reached the second round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship in 2019.
In softball, former member James Madison became the first CAA team to reach the Women’s College World Series in 2021 and knocked out top-ranked powerhouse Oklahoma. The UNC-Wilmington baseball team has earned 10 NCAA Region berths since 2003. The William & Mary men’s cross country team has streaked 20 consecutive conference championships from 2000 to 2019. A record four-team CAA women’s lacrosse conference team received NCAA Tournament berths in 2021. Towson reached the Men’s Lacrosse Final Four in 2017. Charleston became the first CAA team to qualify for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2022 after placing fifth at the Palm Beach Regional. .
CAA member institutions are also members of the Colonial Academic Alliance, created in 2002 by league presidents to extend their partnership to all aspects of college education and life outside of it. intercollegiate athletics. The Alliance has facilitated leadership exchanges to promote professional development, developed an academic resource sharing program to support student-athletes, and created opportunities for institutions to partner in a wide range of initiatives that enhance the student success.