SECOND 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 including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and women’s track & field.
Since becoming an NCAA Division I member in 1991-92, CofC has enjoyed postseason athletics success among its 21-varsity sports teams including non-sponsored CAA sports in coed and women’s sailing, sand volleyball and equestrian.
Men’s basketball has made four NCAA Tournament appearances, baseball five NCAA regional appearances including a super regional in 2006, volleyball seven NCAA appearances, women’s tennis six NCAA appearances, men’s soccer five NCAA appearances, women’s golf four NCAA regional appearances, men’s golf three NCAA regional appearances including a national championship berth in 2001, men’s tennis two NCAA appearances, and softball an NCAA regional in 2005.
The Cougars have also had several NCAA individual qualifiers in women’s cross country, women’s track and field, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis.
As CofC Athletics counts down the days until its CAA membership, here is a quick glance at current conference members, who the Cougars will be competing against beginning in 2013-14.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
The University of Delaware “UD” is the largest university in the state of Delaware. The main campus is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes and Georgetown. It is medium-sized with approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. Although UD receives public funding for being a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and urban-grant state-supported research institution, it is also privately chartered, The university’s programs in engineering, science, business, hospitality management, education, urban affairs and public policy, public administration, agriculture, history, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry have been highly ranked with some drawing from the historically-strong presence of the nation’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the state of Delaware. The school from which the university grew was founded in 1743, making it one of the oldest in the nation along with CofC, which was founded in 1770. UD was the first American university to begin a study abroad program. The athletic teams at Delaware are known as the Fightin’ Blue Hens, the state bird of Delaware, with a mascot named YoUDee. The Blue Hen football team has won six national titles including the 2003 NCAA I-AA Championship. They were runner-ups in the national championship game to Appalachian State in 2007 and Eastern Washington in 2010. Delaware has won nine CAA Championships since joining the league in 2001.
Nickname: Blue Hens
Location: Newark, Del.
President: Dr. Patrick T. Harker
Athletics Director: Eric Ziady
Colors: Royal Blue and Gold
Drexel University is a private research university with the main campus located in Philadelphia, Pa. It was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a noted financier and philanthropist. Drexel offers over 70 full-time undergraduate programs and accelerated degrees. At the graduate level, the university offers over 100 masters, doctoral, and professional programs, many available part-time. Drexel is best known for the cooperative education program (Co-op) which is regularly ranked as one of the best co-op programs in the U.S. Participating students have a variety of opportunities to gain up to 18-months of paid full-time working experience before graduation. The university has a large network of more than 1,600 corporate, governmental, and non-profit partners in 28 states and 25 international locations. Drexel’s school mascot is a dragon known as “Mario the Magnificent,” named in honor of Mario V. Mascioli, an alumnus and former member of the Board of Trustees. The Dragon has been the mascot of the school since around the mid-1920s. The Drexel women’s basketball team won the 2013 Postseason Women’s NIT, while the men’s basketball team reached the NIT quarterfinals in 2012. In addition to its graduates in the science and technology industries, Drexel has produced several notable athletes such as NBA veteran Malik Rose, who won two world championships with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 and 2003.
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
President: John A. Fry
Athletics Director: Dr. Eric Zillmer
Colors: Navy Blue and Gold