Written by Sean Dahlin
YORK, Pa.—Capital Athletic Conference Commissioner Tom Byrnes today officially welcomed Southern Virginia University into the CAC in preparation for the conference’s 24th year of competition.
“This is an important day in the history of Southern Virginia [University] Athletics,” said Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey. “We’re eager to enter a new chapter of athletics as an official, full-time member of the CAC.”
Formed in 1989, the Capital Athletic Conference is a coalition of four-year, co-educational institutions promoting intercollegiate athletic competition among schools located in close geographic proximity that have similar educational and athletic philosophies that sponsors championships in 21 varsity sports.
In addition to Southern Virginia, the Capital Athletic Conference also welcomed Christopher Newport University and Penn State Harrisburg to its seven other full-member institutions—Frostburg State University (Md.), Marymount University (Va.), the University of Mary Washington (Va.), Salisbury University (Md.), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Md.), Wesley College (Del.) and York College of Pennsylvania (Pa.)—increasing conference membership to an all-time high of ten schools for the 2013-14 academic year.
Thirteen of the Knights’ 14 varsity sports—men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball—will play full Capital Athletic Conference schedules during 2013-14. The Knights’ football team will play an independent schedule in this upcoming fall before joining the New Jersey Athletic Conference effective July 2014.
As an NCAA Division III provisional member, Southern Virginia will become eligible for Capital Athletic Conference postseason competition in 2014-15 during the university’s third year of DIII provisional membership while CNU and Penn State Harrisburg are immediately eligible for conference CAC championships and D-III tournament opportunities.
This past fall, the CAC invited Southern Virginia's men’s and women’s cross country teams to compete in its 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship although the Knights were not yet official conference members.
At the championship meet, four different Southern Virginia runners—Patrick Gonzalez (Riverside, Calif.), Tori Faulkner (Mesa, Ariz.), Leah Huber (Castle Rock, Colo.) and Jacey Moore (Mesa, Ariz.)—earned All-CAC honors. Last week, nine different members of the Southern Virginia cross country team earned 2012-13 CAC All-Academic Team honors as Southern Virginia University had the highest percentage of eligible scholar-athletes (9-of-17, 52.9 percent) named to the CAC All-Academic Team among conference members.
“We are excited for the opportunity to compete for postseaon play—both in conference and NCAA national tournaments,” said Doxey. “I also feel that the CAC’s mission to operate under the highest ethical standards and maintain a program consistent with the overall educational philosophy of its member schools makes it the right conference for us at Southern Virginia,” said Doxey.