FIRST INSTALLMENT OF FOUR-PART CAA OPPONENTS SERIES
The College of Charleston will officially join the Colonial Athletic Association on July 1 and participate in 16 varsity sports against league members Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, Towson, UNC Wilmington and William & Mary.
Since the announcement, all of the fall sports teams and head coaches at CofC have completed the scheduling process for next season. The first official CAA competition will commence the weekend of Sept. 27, 2013, with conference play for women’s soccer against Northeastern on Sept. 27 and men’s soccer versus UNC Wilmington on Sept. 28 at the Patriots Point Soccer Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Volleyball will also travel for its league opener at Northeastern on Sept. 27 in Boston, Mass.
As CofC Athletics counts down the days until its entrance into the CAA, here is a quick glance at current conference members, who the Cougars will be competing against beginning in 2013-14.
Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian institution of higher learning located in the Village of Hempstead, N.Y., about 25 miles east of New York City. It originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University. In 1937, the institution separated from NYU and gained independence as Hofstra College, and later gained university status in 1963. Comprising 10 schools, including a School of Medicine and a School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences, as well as being selected to host U.S. Presidential Debates in 2008 and 2012. In its athletics history, Hofstra retired the No. 22 basketball jersey of former CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins before the end of the 2010-11 season. Jenkins, who is the school’s all-time leading scorer, ranked fifth in the nation in scoring averaging 23.3 points per game behind CofC all-time leading scorer Andrew Goudelock (fourth, 23.4 ppg). Jenkins is one of a very select few to have their jerseys retired before their final home game next to Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan and Duke’s Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill.
Location: Hempstead, N.Y.
President: Stuart Rabinowitz
Athletics Director: Jeffrey A. Hathaway
Colors: Gold, White and Blue
Northeastern University is a private, secular, coeducational research university in Boston, Mass. Northeastern offers undergraduate degrees in 96 majors and master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in 158 programs from nine colleges and schools. Founded in 1898, the university is the home of more than 35 specialized research and education centers. Its main campus is located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston. Among Northeastern’s past and present faculty are several Guggenheim Fellows and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” winner, a former Democratic nominee for President of the United States and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Former NBA star Reggie Lewis of the Boston Celtics still holds the men’s basketball career scoring record, while its baseball team has competed in one College World Series and played in the NCAA regionals seven times in program history.
Location: Boston, Mass.
President: Dr. Joseph Aoun
Athletics Director: Peter Roby
Colors: Red and Black