Capital Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Members7 (10 in July 2013)
Sports fielded19 (men's: 9; women's: 10)
HeadquartersHollywood, Maryland
CommissionerTom Byrnes (since 2008)

The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in the eastern United States in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware.


Formed in 1989, the charter members were The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, the University of Mary Washington, Marymount University, St. Mary's College of Maryland and York College of Pennsylvania. Goucher College joined the CAC in 1991, followed by Salisbury University in 1993. Hood College, Stevenson University, and Wesley College all formally joined the conference for the 2007–08 season, although Hood and Stevenson had already joined for some sports in the 2006–07 season. CUA and Goucher College left the conference in 2007–08 to become members of the new Landmark Conference. Gallaudet left the conference before the 2009-10 season for the North Eastern Athletic Conference for some sports. Stevenson and Hood left the CAC for the Middle Atlantic Conferences effective July 1, 2012.[1] The CAC will add three members on July 1, 2013— Christopher Newport University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia University. CNU and Penn State Harrisburg will be immediately eligible for conference championships; SVU is currently transitioning from the NAIA and will become eligible for conference championships in 2014–15.[2]

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

The league currently has seven full members:

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Frostburg State University Frostburg, Maryland Bobcats 1898 Public 5,215 2010-11
University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Virginia Eagles 1908 Public 4,862 1989-90
Marymount University Arlington, Virginia Saints 1950 Private/Catholic 3,684 1989-90
St. Mary's College of Maryland St. Mary's City, Maryland Seahawks 1840 Public 1,950 1989-90
Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland Sea Gulls 1925 Public 7,383 1993-94
Wesley College Dover, Delaware Wolverines 1873 Private/Methodist 2,400 2007-08
York College of Pennsylvania York, Pennsylvania Spartans 1787 Private/Non-sectarian 5,367 1989-90

Future membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joining
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia Captains 1961 Public 5,186 2013-14
Penn State-Harrisburg Lower Swatara, Pennsylvania Nittany Lions 1966 Public 3,441 2013-14
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista, Virginia Knights 1867 Private 804 2013-14

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. Cardinals 1989-90 2006-07 Landmark
Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. Bison 1989-90 2009-10 NEAC
Goucher College Towson, Maryland Gophers 1989-90 2006-07 Landmark
Hood College Frederick, Maryland Blazers 2006-07 2011-12 MAC
Stevenson University Stevenson, Maryland Mustangs 2007-08 2011-12 MAC

Membership timelineEdit

Southern Virginia UniversityPenn State HarrisburgChristopher Newport UniversityFrostburg State UniversityWesley College (Delaware)Middle Atlantic ConferenceStevenson UniversityMiddle Atlantic ConferenceHood CollegeSalisbury UniversityLandmark ConferenceGoucher CollegeYork College of PennsylvaniaSt. Mary's College of MarylandMarymount UniversityUniversity of Mary WashingtonNorth Eastern Athletic ConferenceGallaudet UniversityLandmark ConferenceThe Catholic University of America


The CAC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women’s soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.


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