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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Established 1912
Members 12
Sports fielded 14 (7 men's, 7 women's)
Region South Atlantic States
States 4 - Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Headquarters Hampton, Virginia

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black colleges and non-HBCU Chowan University in the Eastern United States. Conference teams participate in the NCAA's Division II.

The CIAA is divided into Eastern and Western Divisions in all of the sports except track and field/cross country and baseball, and sponsors 16 annual championships.

Eastern Division

Western 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, and Virginia Union University.... (for historical accuracy - need original, charter names and current links)

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. 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 Affiliation Nickname Varsity Sports Joined
Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland 1865 Public (University System of Maryland) Bulldogs 11 1979
Chowan University Murfreesboro, North Carolina 1848 Private/Baptist Hawks 11 2008
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1891 Public Vikings 10 1957
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina 1867 Public Broncos 10 1954
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, North Carolina 1867 Private/Presbyterian Golden Bulls 13 1926
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 1854 Public (Commonwealth System of Higher Education) Lions 15 1912 - Re-admitted 2008
Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina 1879 Private/African Methodist Episcopal Zion Blue Bears 11 1931
St. Augustine's College Raleigh, North Carolina 1867 Private/Episcopal Falcons 14 1933
St. Paul's College Lawrenceville, Virginia 1888 Private/Episcopal Tigers 14 1923
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina 1865 Private/Baptist Bears 13 1912
Virginia State University Petersburg, Virginia 1882 Public Trojans 14 1920
Virginia Union University Richmond, Virginia 1865 Private/Baptist Panthers 12 1912

Winston-Salem St. will rejoin the CIAA after dropping back down from Division I. http://www.d2football.com/viewnews.php?id=10962

Former members

Institution Location Conference years Current Affiliation
Bluefield State College Bluefield, West Virginia West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Howard University Washington, D.C. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
North Carolina Central University Durham, North Carolina 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 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, North Carolina Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, North Carolina Mid-Eastern 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
St. Paul's St. Paul’s Athletic Field 3,000 Taylor-Whitehead Gym 1,500
Virginia State Rogers Stadium 13,500 Daniel Gymnasium 3,454
Virginia Union Hovey Field 10,000 Barco-Stevens Hall 2,000

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. 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.


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 of 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 Cheerleaders
Elizabeth City State University Dee-Lite Cheerleaders
Fayetteville State University Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders
Johnson C. Smith University Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders
Lincoln University Cheerleaders
Livingstone College La La's Cheerleaders
St. Augustine's College BlueChip Cheerleaders
St. Paul's College Finesse Cheerleaders
Shaw University Chi Chi Cheerleaders
Virginia State University Woo Woo Cheerleaders
Virginia Union University Rah Rah Cheerleaders


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