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College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III.

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
CCIW
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin logo
Established1946
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members9
Sports fielded
  • 24
    • men's: 13
    • women's: 11
RegionUpper Midwest
Former namesCollege Conference of Illinois
HeadquartersNaperville, Illinois
CommissionerMaureen Harty (since 2019)
Websitecciw.org
Locations
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin locations

CCIW schools have accounted for 46 national championships in NCAA Division III competition, including 15 in men's cross country, six in men's basketball, six in men's outdoor track and field, four in football and men's indoor track and field, three in women's soccer, two in women's outdoor track & field, women's basketball and men's soccer and one apiece in baseball and women's indoor track and field.

Elmhurst College won a pair of Division III women's volleyball championships (1983 and 1985), and North Central College won a women's basketball title (1983) before the conference began sponsorship of women's athletics in 1986-87.

North Central men's cross country won its 13th national title in program history during the fall of 2009, while the North Central men's indoor track & field team captured the 2010 national championship. The Cardinals made it clean sweep by winning the men's outdoor track & field title in the spring of 2010. In addition, the Illinois Wesleyan women's outdoor track & field team, as well as the baseball team, took home national titles, giving the CCIW five national championships during the 2009-10 season.

North Central defended its titles in men's indoor track & field and outdoor track & field in the spring of 2011 while the Cardinals won their second men's cross country title in three seasons in the fall of 2011 and their third-straight indoor track & field title in 2012. Illinois Wesleyan won the conference's second women's basketball national title in 2012.[1]

HistoryEdit

The conference was formed with nine charter members (Augustana College, Carthage College, Elmhurst College, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lake Forest College, Millikin University, North Central College and Wheaton College) on April 26, 1946, in Jacksonville, Illinois, and opened competition in the 1946-47 academic year as the College Conference of Illinois. In 1967, the name was changed to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, to recognize Carthage, which moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1962, and Carroll University, which entered the conference in 1955.

The CCIW sponsors 24 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, men's and women's volleyball and wrestling. The most recently added sport is men's volleyball, which starts play in the 2020 season (2019–20 school year).[2]

CCIW membership has experienced several changes since its inception. After Carthage left in 1952, Illinois College withdrew the following year (1953). Elmhurst and Wheaton withdrew following the 1959-60 academic year. Wheaton re-joined for all sports but football in 1967 (and for football in 1970). Elmhurst re-joined in the fall of 1967 for all sports but football (and for football in 1968). Carroll joined during the 1955 spring sports season (1954-55 academic season). Carthage returned in the fall of 1961, and North Park University entered the following fall (1962). Lake Forest dropped out at the end of the 1962-63 season. The last member to leave the CCIW was Carroll following the 1991-92 season.Carroll returned to the CCIW in 2016 In 2007, Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, joined the CCIW as an associate member for men's and women's swimming.[3] After 2017, Rose–Hulman left as an associate member shortly before its full-time home of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced it would add swimming.[4]

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

The league currently has 9 full members.

Institution Location
(Population)
Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois
(39,684)
Vikings 1860 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,513 1946
Carroll University Waukesha, Wisconsin
(70,718)
Pioneers (men's)
Lady Pioneers (women's)
1846 Private/Presbyterian 2,789 1955

20162

Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin
(99,738)
Red Men (men's)
Lady Reds (women's)
1847 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,374 19461
Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois
(43,298)
Bluejays 1871 Private/United Church of Christ 2,748 19463
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, Illinois
(74,975)
Titans 1850 Private/Methodist 2,113 1946
Millikin University Decatur, Illinois
(81,500)
Big Blue 1901 Private/Presbyterian 2,118 1946
North Central College Naperville, Illinois
(144,560)
Cardinals 1861 Private/Methodist 2,490 1946
North Park University Chicago, Illinois
(2,853,114)
Vikings 1891 Private/Evangelical Covenant 1,814 1962
Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois
(55,676)
Thunder 1860 Private/Evangelical Protestant 2,282 19464
Notes
  1. - Carthage left the CCIW in 1951–52 season; but rejoined in the 1961–62 season.
  2. - Carroll left the CCIW in 1992–93 season; but rejoined in the 2016–17 season.
  3. - Elmhurst left the CCIW after the 1959–60 season; but rejoined in the 1967–68 season (football later re-joined in the 1968–69 season).
  4. - Wheaton left the CCIW after the 1959–60 season; but rejoined in the 1967–68 season (football later re-joined in the 1970–71 season).

Affiliate membersEdit

The "Joined" column indicates the calendar year of entry, which for spring sports will differ from the first season of competition.

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary
Conference
CCIW Sports
University of Dubuque Dubuque, Iowa
(58,253)
Spartans 1852 Private 1,559 2014 ARC men's lacrosse,
women's lacrosse
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, Wisconsin Falcons 1881 Private 7,721 2016 NACC Wrestling
Lakeland University Plymouth, Wisconsin Muskies 1862 Private 3,973 2016 NACC Wrestling
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin Raiders 1903 Private 2,823 2016 NACC Wrestling
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
(2,853,114)
Maroons 1890 Private 15,276 2018 UAA Women's lacrosse [5]
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
(317,419)
Bears 1853 Private 14,117 2018 UAA football[6]
Greenville University Greenville, Illinois
(7,000)
Panthers 1892 Private 932 2019 SLIAC Men's volleyball[2]
Loras College Dubuque, Iowa
(57,637)
Duhawks 1839 Private 1,600 2019 ARC Men's volleyball[2]

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Illinois College Jacksonville, Illinois Blueboys 1829 Private 973 1946 1953 Midwest
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, Illinois Foresters 1857 Private 1,441 1946 1963 Midwest

Former affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Sport Current Conference
Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana Fightin' Engineers 1874 Private 1,840 2007 2017 Swimming HCAC

Membership timelineEdit

Loras CollegeGreenville UniversityWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of ChicagoMilwaukee School of EngineeringLakeland UniversityConcordia University WisconsinUniversity of DubuqueRose–Hulman Institute of TechnologyNorth Park UniversityCarroll UniversityWheaton College (Illinois)North Central CollegeMillikin UniversityLake Forest CollegeIllinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinois CollegeElmhurst CollegeCarthage CollegeAugustana College (Illinois) 

SportsEdit

In 2015, men's and women's lacrosse were added as sanctioned sports by the CCIW. The CCIW announced the inclusion of Men's Volleyball for the 2020 season.

The CCIW sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
 Y
Basketball
 Y
 Y
Cross Country
 Y
 Y
Football
 Y
Golf
 Y
 Y
Lacrosse
 Y
 Y
Soccer
 Y
 Y
Softball
 Y
Swimming
 Y
 Y
Tennis
 Y
 Y
Track and field (indoor)
 Y
 Y
Track and field (outdoor)
 Y
 Y
Volleyball
 Y
 Y
Wrestling
 Y

National championshipsEdit

Year Sport School
2018 Men's cross country North Central College
2017 Men's cross country North Central College
2016 Men's cross country North Central College
2014 Men's cross country North Central College
2012 Men's cross country North Central College
2011 Men's cross country North Central College
2012 Women's basketball Illinois Wesleyan[7]
2010 Baseball Illinois Wesleyan[8]
2010 Men's outdoor track and field North Central
2010 Men's indoor track and field North Central
2009 Men's cross country North Central
2008 Women's indoor track and field Illinois Wesleyan
2008 Women's outdoor track and field Illinois Wesleyan
2007 Women's soccer Wheaton
2006 Women's soccer Wheaton
2005 Women's basketball Millikin
2004 Women's soccer Wheaton
2000 Men's outdoor track and field North Central
1999 Men's cross country North Central
1998 Men's cross country North Central
1998 Men's outdoor track and field North Central
1997 Men's basketball Illinois Wesleyan
1997 Men's cross country North Central
1997 Men's soccer Wheaton
1994 Men's outdoor track and field North Central
1993 Men's cross country North Central
1992 Men's cross country North Central
1989 Men's outdoor track and field North Central
1989 Men's indoor track and field North Central
1987 Men's basketball North Park
1987 Men's cross country North Central
1986 Football Augustana
1985 Football Augustana
1985 Men's basketball North Park
1985 Women's volleyball Elmhurst
1984 Football Augustana
1984 Men's soccer Wheaton
1983 Football Augustana
1983 Women's basketball North Central
1983 Women's volleyball Elmhurst
1982 Men's cross country North Central
1981 Men's cross country North Central
1980 Men's basketball North Park
1979 Men's basketball North Park
1979 Men's cross country North Central
1978 Men's basketball North Park
1978 Men's cross country North Central
1976 Men's cross country North Central
1975 Men's cross country North Central

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CCIW History". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ a b c "CCIW Announces the Addition of Men's Volleyball; Greenville and Loras Added as Associate Members" (Press release). College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "CCIW History". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  4. ^ "Rose leaves CCIW, but HCAC could add swimming just in time". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  5. ^ http://athletics.uchicago.edu/general/2016-17/releases/20170425hp05q2
  6. ^ "Wash U, Chicago already leaving SAA". [d3football.com]. June 12, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  7. ^ http://d3hoops.com/archives/index
  8. ^ http://www.d3baseball.com/playoffs/all-time

External linksEdit