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Big South Conference
Established: 1983
Big South Conference logo

NCAA Division I FCS
Members 10
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
Region South Atlantic States
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
Commissioner Kyle Kallander (since 1996)
Big South Conference locations

The Big South Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I. The conference's football teams are part of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). The Big South, founded in 1983, is firmly rooted in the southeastern United States, with member institutions located in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.[1]

Charter members included Armstrong State (now Armstrong Atlantic State), Augusta (now Augusta State), Campbell University, Charleston Baptist (now Charleston Southern), Coastal Carolina University, Radford, and Winthrop.

The Big South Conference began sponsoring football in 2002, with Charleston Southern University, Gardner-Webb University, and Liberty University fielding teams; Coastal Carolina University and Virginia Military Institute joined the conference as football-playing members in 2003. Presbyterian joined the conference in 2007, moving up from Division II. They will be eligible for regular-season championships and conference honors during the 2008 athletic year.[2] Gardner-Webb, which had been a football playing member since 2002, joined the conference for all sports on July 1, 2008.[2]


Current members


Full members

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Endowment Joined Team Name
Charleston Southern University Charleston, South Carolina 1964 Private/Baptist 3,224 $14 million 1983 Buccaneers
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 Public 8,049 $22 million 1983 Chanticleers
Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905 Private 4,000 $42 million 2008 Runnin' Bulldogs
High Point University High Point, North Carolina 1924 Private/Methodist 3,079 $52 million 1999 Panthers
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia 1971 Private/Baptist 11,900 $6 million 1991 Flames
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private 1,300 $100 million 2007 Blue Hose
Radford University Radford, Virginia 1910 Public 9,220 $58 million 1983 Highlanders
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, North Carolina 1927 Public 3,635 $27 million 1984 Bulldogs
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 1839 Public 1,377 $394 million 2003 Keydets
Winthrop University Rock Hill, South Carolina 1886 Public 6,292 $35 million 1983 Eagles

Campbell will rejoin the Big South for the 2011–2012 academic year. [1]

Locations of current Big South Conference full member institutions.

Associate members

Former members

Institution Current Conference Joined Left
Armstrong Atlantic State Peach Belt, Division II 1983 1987
Augusta State Peach Belt, Division II 1983 1990
Birmingham-Southern SCAC, Division III 2000 2007
Campbell Atlantic Sun 1983 1994
Davidson Southern Conference 1990 1992
Elon Southern Conference 1999 2003
UMBC America East 1992 1998
UNC Greensboro Southern Conference 1992 1997
Towson Colonial 1992 1995


The Big South sponsors intercollegiate competition in men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men's and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.

The Big South is the only collegiate athletic conference to sponsor a quizbowl competition, starting this in 2006, and using questions from National Academic Quiz Tournaments.[citation needed]

Conference champions

Men's basketball

Season Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion Tournament Final Location
1986 Charleston Southern (5–1) Charleston Southern Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
1987 Charleston Southern (12–2) Charleston Southern Savannah Civic Center
1988 Coastal Carolina (9–3) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina
1989 Coastal Carolina (9–3) UNC-Asheville Winthrop Coliseum
1990 Coastal Carolina (11–1) Coastal Carolina Winthrop Coliseum
1991 Coastal Carolina (13–1) Coastal Carolina Civic Center of Anderson, Anderson, South Carolina
1992 Radford (12–2) Campbell Civic Center of Anderson
1993 Towson State (14–2) Coastal Carolina North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina
1994 Towson State (15–3) Liberty North Charleston Coliseum
1995 UNC-Greensboro (14–2) Charleston Southern Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia
1996 UNC-Greensboro (11–3) UNC-Greensboro Vines Center
1997 UNC-Asheville (11–3) Charleston Southern Vines Center
1998 UNC-Asheville (11–1) Radford Vines Center
1999 Winthrop (9–1) Winthrop Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, North Carolina
2000 Radford (12–2) Winthrop Asheville Civic Center
2001 Radford (12–2) Winthrop Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
2002 Winthrop (10–4) (#1 seed)

UNC-Asheville (10–4)

Winthrop Roanoke Civic Center
2003 Winthrop (11–3) UNC-Asheville Vines Center (semis & finals only)
2004 Liberty (12–4) Liberty Vines Center (finals only)
2005 Winthrop (15–1) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum (finals only)
2006 Winthrop (13–3) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum (semis & finals only)
2007 Winthrop (14–0) Winthrop Winthrop Coliseum (semis & finals only)
2008 UNC-Asheville (10–4)(#1 seed)

Winthrop (10–4)

Winthrop Justice Center, Asheville (semis & finals only)
2009 Radford (15-3) Radford Dedmon Center, Radford, Virginia (finals only)
2010 Coastal Carolina (15-3) Winthrop Kimbel Arena, Conway, South Carolina (semis & finals only)

Basketball Tournament Championships by School

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
Winthrop 10 2010
Charleston Southern 4 1997
Coastal Carolina 3 1993
UNC Asheville 2 2003
Liberty 2 2004
Radford 2 2009
Campbell 1 1992
UNC Greensboro 1 1996
  • Former member of the Big South


Season Champion Record
2002 Gardner-Webb 3–0
2003 Gardner-Webb 4–0
2004 Coastal Carolina 4–0 (10–1)
2005 Charleston Southern 3–1 (7–4)
Coastal Carolina 3–1 (9–2)
2006 Coastal Carolina 4–0 (9–3)
2007 Liberty 4–0 (8–3)
2008 Liberty 5–0 (10–2)
2009 Stony Brook 5–1 (6–5)
Liberty 5–1 (8–3)

Quizbowl Tournament

Year Champion Record Host School
2006 Liberty 8–0 VMI
2007 Liberty 6–1 Radford
2008 Liberty 5–2 Liberty
2009 UNC Asheville 6-0 Gardner-Webb


Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Charleston Southern Buccaneer Field 4,000 CSU Field House 790 Buccaneer Field 4,000
Coastal Carolina Brooks Stadium 6,408 Kimbel Arena 1,039 CCU Soccer Field N/A
Gardner-Webb Ernest W. Spangler Stadium 7,800 Paul Porter Arena 5,000 Greene-Harbison Stadium N/A
High Point Non-Football School N/A Millis Center 2,565 Vert Track and Soccer Stadium 1,100
Liberty Williams Stadium 12,000 Vines Center 9,000 Osborne Stadium 1,000
Presbyterian Crocker Field at Bailey Memorial Stadium 6,500 Ross E. Templeton Arena 2,500 Martin Stadium at Edens Field 400
Radford Non-Football School N/A Dedmon Center 5,000 Cupp Stadium 5,000
Stony Brook LaValle Stadium 8,300 See: America East N/A See: America East N/A
UNC-Asheville Non-Football School N/A Justice Center 1,200 Greenwood Field N/A
VMI Alumni Memorial Field 10,000 Cameron Hall 5,800 Patchin Field 1,000
Winthrop Non-Football School N/A Winthrop Coliseum 6,100 Eagle Field 1,500


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