Welcoming Monmouth to the Colonial Athletic Association

This is the second in a four-part series featuring the four newest members of the Colonial Athletic Association – Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T and Stony Brook.

RICHMOND, Va. (July 6, 2022) – The Colonial Athletic Association is celebrating Monmouth University’s entry into the CAA, as the Hawks officially joined the conference on Friday.

Monmouth, a 6,700-student private university in West Long Branch, New Jersey, is entering CAA after winning seven Commissioners’ Cups in nine seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (2013-21). The university’s athletic department sponsors 24 Division I programs, 23 of which — most of the four members who joined this summer — play for CAA championships.


Monmouth will compete for CAA men’s titles in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. On the women’s side, the Hawks join the CAA in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Monmouth also sponsors a bowling program that plays in the MEAC.

“The invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association has given our university the opportunity to compete alongside some of the best institutions in the country,” said Monmouth President Dr. Patrick F. Leahy. “These strong college associations, coupled with national on-field recognition of CAA teams, will strengthen the Monmouth brand and increase our exposure regionally and nationally. I am excited to give our student-athletes and coaching staff the opportunity to elevate 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 leadership of these leagues and member institutions for their collegiality and competitive spirit. I anticipate this move to CAA will energize the entire Monmouth University community and be a tremendous source of pride for our students, alumni and friends.

The Hawks men’s basketball team has won three MAAC regular season titles and made two NIT appearances under head coach King Rice. Competing in the Big South Conference for football, Monmouth earned three FCS playoff berths and won two league titles since 2017 under head coach Kevin Callahan. Monmouth’s athletic programs have also enjoyed a string of success that includes 59 tag team conference championships and MAAC Indoor and Outdoor Championship sweeps in 2022. In women’s soccer, the Hawks have dominated MAAC during their time in the league with eight regulars. season titles, six NCAA appearances and a nine-season conference record of 66-5-5.

“I would like to thank Commissioner D’Antonio and the Colonial Athletic Association Board of Trustees for providing this tremendous opportunity to Monmouth University, its student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said the principal. of Monmouth University Sports, Jeff Stapleton. “CAA teams consistently earn national rankings and recognition when competing at national championships while promoting diverse college communities that excel in the classroom and prepare their student-athletes for post-graduation success. . We are excited to compete with these like-minded institutions starting this fall and believe we will help continue to elevate CAA’s already impressive trajectory. I also want to thank the commissioners and schools of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Big South Conference, and America East Conference; without the growth they enabled our university in 2013, we would not be in this position today. It is always our administration’s goal to give our student-athletes and coaches the chance to compete among the national elite and joining the CAA provides us with such an opportunity.

Monmouth recently received the all-time highest ranking of 18th among Northern Regional Universities on US News & World Report’s Best Colleges list. Three Monmouth programs — women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and men’s cross country — earned perfect multi-year academic progress rate scores from the NCAA in the most recent numbers released this summer.

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