CAA Adds Hampton, Monmouth, and Stony BrookColonial Athletic Association (CAA) announced Tuesday that Hampton University, Monmouth University, and Stony Brook University have accepted membership invitations to join the conference on July 1, 2022.
“We are pleased to welcome Hampton University, Monmouth University, and Stony Brook University as the newest members of the CAA,” CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said. “All three institutions fit perfectly into the framework of the Conference’s vision that calls for our members to work together to advance nationally competitive athletic programs – coupled with outstanding academic programs – that empower student-athletes as whole persons to strive at the highest level in every aspect of their lives. The CAA is excited for what the future holds and will continue to be focused on making decisions that ensure its membership a competitive and sustainable model.”The addition of Hampton, Monmouth, and Stony Brook increases the CAA’s membership to 12. They join College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Elon University (Elon, N.C.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.), University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.), Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), Towson University (Towson, Md.) and William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.) as members of the CAA in 2022-23.
CAA Football’s membership expands to 13 with the addition of Hampton and Monmouth. They join University at Albany (Albany, N.Y.), University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Elon University (Elon, N.C.), University of Maine (Orono, Maine), University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.), University of Rhode Island (Kingston, R.I.), University of Richmond (Richmond, Va.), Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Towson University (Towson, Md.), Villanova University (Villanova, Pa.) and William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.) as members in 2022.
Hampton University, located in Hampton, Va., is a private university with an enrollment of 3,500. It is recognized as one of the top historically black universities in the world and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school sponsors 17 Division I varsity teams and has had success as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and most recently the Big South Conference. The Pirates’ men’s basketball team made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016 and the women’s basketball team earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. Hampton won five MEAC football championships, including three straight from 2004-06. Hampton’s men’s and women’s track and field squads brought home Big South championships in 2019.
“The move to the Colonial Athletic Association is the next step in the evolution of Hampton University Athletics,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “Several institutions in the CAA are located in our geographical footprint, which means that our student-athletes will continue to spend less time traveling and more time in classes on campus. This move continues to keep the proper focus on academics, which is our chief reason for being.”
Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, N.J., is a private university with an enrollment of 6,700. It recently received a best-ever No. 18 ranking among Regional Universities in the North on U.S. News & World Report’s Best College’s list. The school sponsors 24 Division I varsity teams and has claimed the Commissioner’s Cup in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference six times since 2013. The Hawks’ men’s basketball team has won three regular-season titles in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and made two NIT appearances under head coach King Rice. Competing in the Big South Conference for football, Monmouth has earned three FCS playoff berths and won two league titles since 2017 under head coach Kevin Callahan. The Monmouth Track and Field program has also had a run of success that includes 55 team conference championships and 23 individual All-America awards. In women’s soccer, the Hawks have dominated the MAAC during their time in the league with eight regular-season titles, six NCAA appearances, and a conference record of 66-5-5 across nine seasons.
“The invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association has presented our University with an opportunity to compete alongside some of the finest institutions in the nation. Those strong academic associations, coupled with the on-field national recognition of the CAA teams, will enhance the Monmouth brand and increase our exposure at the regional and national levels. I am very excited to give our student-athletes and coaching staffs the opportunity to elevate our programs to a new level,” said Monmouth President Dr. Patrick F. Leahy. “I anticipate that this move to the CAA will energize the entire Monmouth University community and serve as a tremendous point of pride for our students, alumni, and friends.”
Stony Brook University, located in Stony Brook, N.Y., has an enrollment of nearly 27,000 and has been ranked among the top 25 public universities in the nation, and as a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the top 66 research institutions in North America. The school sponsors 18 Division I varsity teams and has claimed a pair of America East Commissioner’s Cups. The Seawolves’ men’s basketball team has reached the NCAA Tournament once and the NIT twice over the past decade, while the women’s basketball team has won back-to-back America East titles and made its first NCAA Tournament trip last March. As a CAA Football member since 2013, the Seawolves reached the FCS playoffs in 2017 and 2018. The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team has reached the NCAA quarterfinals three times since 2017 and its baseball team advanced to the College World Series in 2012.
“I’m very excited to announce that Stony Brook University will join the Colonial Athletic Association. This invitation is a historic step for our institution and a testament to our tremendous growth – both in academics and athletics – over the last two decades,” said Stony Brook President Maurie McInnis. “Today would not be possible without the dedication of our student-athletes and coaches, who have paved the way for this moment. Our future is bright, and we look forward to competing for CAA Championships for years to come!”