The Colonial Athletic Association has changed its name to the Coastal Athletic Association.
The association of schools located in nine states along the Atlantic coast announced the change Thursday to reflect its recent expansion, with members ranging from Massachusetts to South Carolina. The league will still be called the CAA and will continue to use the same conference logo.
«Our new name reflects the continuity and unity of the conference, as well as each institution’s commitment to United in Excellence,» CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said in a statement.
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In the past two years, the CAA has added five new members to bring its membership to 14 institutions, the most in its nearly 40-year history. Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T, and Stony Brook joined for the 2022-23 academic year, with Campbell joining this year. James Madison left last year to join the Sun Belt and play a higher level of football (FBS).
The other schools in the association are College of Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Elon, Hofstra, North Carolina-Wilmington, Northeastern, Towson, and William & Mary.
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The CAA has produced 18 national team champions in five different sports and 33 individual national champions.
The name change will move to the league’s soccer conference, which will be called the Coastal Athletic Association Soccer Conference but will continue to be called the CAA Soccer Conference. It has 15 members in 10 states from Maine to North Carolina.
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Also in the league are Albany (NY), Maine-Orono, New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova, Delaware, Elon, Hampton, Monmouth (NJ), Rhode Island, Stony Brook, Towson and William & Mary.
Twelve of the 15 current soccer members of the CAA have made the playoffs since 2015, and the league has had multiple teams in the FCS playoffs over the past 31 years.