HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas will expand to 11 member institutions as conference officials announced Tuesday (May 22) that Chowan University has accepted an invitation to join the Conference in the summer of 2019.
Conference Carolinas members voted unanimously to offer full membership to Chowan University. Chowan has been an affiliate member of Conference Carolinas since January 1, 2017 in eight sports. Those sports are: women’s golf, men and women’s lacrosse, men and women’s soccer, women’s swimming, and men and women’s tennis.
“We look forward to developing relationships in Conference Carolinas,” stated Patrick Mashuda, Athletic Director of Chowan. “Realigning with Conference Carolinas allows 17 of Chowan’s 19 sponsored sports to compete under one conference umbrella.”
Located in Murfreesboro, N.C., Chowan has an enrollment of 1,500 undergraduate students. Chowan’s School of Graduate Studies recently opened, giving graduate students a convenient and reputable university from which to earn a Master's degree. The Hawks sponsor 19 NCAA Division II sports (baseball, women and men’s basketball, bowling, women and men’s cross country, football, women and men’s golf, women and men’s lacrosse, women and men’s soccer, softball, men and women’s swimming, women and men’s tennis and women’s volleyball).
“We are thrilled to have Chowan joining our conference as a full member and the experience it will provide to everyone involved,” said Dr. Alan Patterson, Commissioner of Conference Carolinas. “Our mission as a conference is to provide our student-athletes with as many possibilities to excel on and off the field of play, which this move will allow. Conference Carolinas provides a large number of Division II sports that Chowan sponsors and gives the student-athletes an opportunity to complete at the highest level in their respective sports.”
Adding Chowan marks the Conference Carolinas’ first expansion since Southern Wesleyan University joined the Conference in 2016. The Conference has had 30 institutions compete as members over its 87-year history.
Conference Carolinas conducts conference championships in 21 sports (11 women and 10 men), with the addition of men’s swimming and men’s wrestling starting in 2018-19. Women's titles are determined in cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor track & field, swimming, golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis and outdoor track & field outdoor track. Men's championships include cross country, soccer, basketball, indoor track & field, baseball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, outdoor track & field outdoor track and volleyball.
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.