Academics & Athletics Working Together

 

Conference Carolinas Narrative
Approved by the CEOs of Conference Carolinas on October 2, 2017 

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Member institutions for the upcoming 2019-20 athletic year are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

Conference Carolinas is built upon the idea of offering challenging NCAA competition in an environment that fosters bother the academic and athletic achievements of its student-athletes. Conference members are small, private institutions that offer exemplary educations and scholarships for performance in the classroom and on the field. Conference Carolinas and its members are committed to challenging adversity and building tomorrow's leaders.

Current Membership:

Barton (formerly Atlantic Christian)*

1930

Belmont Abbey

1989

Converse

2005

Emmanuel

2014

Erskine

1995

King

2011

Lees-McRae

1993

Limestone

1998

Mount Olive

1988

North Greenville

2011

Southern Wesleyan 2014

Chowan University

2019


*Charter Member

Conference Carolinas' sponsors 20 sports, each with a season-ending championship. Of these, the winners for 12 of these championships receive atomatic qualification in the NCAA tournament. The remaing sports are eligible for the tournament based on regional rankings.

Men's Sports

Women's Sports

Baseball*

Basketball*

Basketball*

Cross Country*

Cross Country*

Golf

Golf*

Lacrosse

Lacrosse

Soccer*

Soccer

Softball*

Tennis*

Tennis*

Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

Volleyball*

Volleyball*

*NCAA automatic qualification

Who Are We?

Leading NCAA Division II conference started in 1930 with 12 liberal arts institutions located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. 

What is Our Mission?

Provide a quality intercollegiate experience to student-athletes.

Use intercollegiate athletics to enhance the educational experience for all students.

What Do We Stand For?

Academic Success – Our student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the student body. Over 60% of our student-athletes have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Athletic Success – In recent years, the conference has had two national championships (baseball and men’s basketball). Numerous teams or individuals have also participated in the finals of their NCAA championship competition.

Equity in Competitive Opportunities – The conference offers nine women’s and eight men’s championships. By conference bylaw, equal amount of athletics aid must be available to females and males in all sports. The conference celebrates the academic and athletic success of all its student-athletes, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.

Integration of the Athletics Department into the Mission of the Institution – The athletics department is an integral part of the institution and student-athletes are students first.

Cost-Friendly – Athletic scholarships provide assistance to student-athletes to make the experience affordable.

What is NCAA Division II?

Division II is a membership destination composed of approximately 293 members, 88,000 student-athletes, and offers 25 championships (12 men; 13 women) and an NCAA sports festival.

Why Choose Conference Carolinas?

We provide a competitive athletics experience focused on the student-athlete and we provide a path to graduation while cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life in a more personal setting.

Approximately 70% of our entering student-athletes graduate.

We focus our efforts at the national, conference, and institutional levels on developing six attributes for student-athletes and others involved in intercollegiate athletics:

- Learning
- Passion
- Service
- Sportsmanship
- Balance
- Resourcefulness