Updated: October 13, 2013
By CIAA Media Relations
HAMPTON, Va. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association held its annual fall meeting of coaches, administrators and student-athletes and the 2013-14 Basketball Media Day in Charlotte, N.C. last week.
Representatives from all 12 conference schools gathered at the Charlotte Sheraton Hotel, where the three-day event included a meeting of CIAA’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), along with various SAAC Advisors and Senior Woman Administrators (SWA).
The SAAC meeting included a professional development and leadership training session led by motivational speaker Thomas Barksdale of the Barksdale Foundation. The committee also reaffirmed their support to outreach programs with Make-A-Wish Foundation and Project Life. At its recent retreat, the group heard from a Make-A-Wish recipient, which had a positive impact on the members.
The 24 men’s and women’s coaches also met to discuss issues including updates to the CIAA Basketball Tournament and other conference business.
The Basketball Media Day press conference featured longtime CIAA play-by-play/ESPN announcer Stan Lewter interviewing the conference’s men’s and women’s coaches, along with the announcement of the predicted order of finish. Bowie State University and Winston-Salem State University were predicted as the men’s basketball north and south division winners, respectively, and Elizabeth State University and Shaw University were predicted to win their divisions’ women’s championship.
The 2013 Preseason All-CIAA Team also was announced. Winston-Salem State led the pack with two All-CIAA players on the men’s and women’s teams, and Virginia Union University came on strong with the second-most selected players; one on the men’s team and two on the women’s team.
CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter discussed the fact the Conference was now operating in the black and that $1.5 million in scholarships had been paid during the prior year. She also announced updates regarding the bid process to host future CIAA Basketball Championships. The 2014 CIAA Basketball Tournament, February 24 – March 1, is the final year of the current contract. CIAA will issue a Request for Bids from cities throughout the region to host future tournaments, and a decision is currently expected around the first of the year.
“On behalf of our staff, membership and student-athletes, we thank the city of Charlotte for being a gracious host since 2006,” said Carpenter. “We look forward to another incredible season of basketball that will culminate in a tournament that showcases the CIAA’s legacy of competition, sportsmanship and achievement on and off the court.”
The CIAA Basketball Season officially tips-off in November, with Winston-Salem State University’s men’s team taking on Duke Nov. 1 and the Winston-Salem State women’s team taking on North Carolina State on Nov. 3.
Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish:
1. Bowie State University 2. The Lincoln University 3. Elizabeth City State University 4. Virginia State University 5. Virginia Union University 6. Chowan University Southern Division
1. Winston-Salem State University 2. Livingstone College 3. Shaw University 4. Johnson C. Smith University 5. Fayetteville State University 6. St. Augustine’s University Women’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish: Northern Division
1. Elizabeth City State University 2. Virginia Union University 3. Virginia State University 4. Bowie State University 5. The Lincoln University 6. Chowan University Southern Division
1. Shaw University 2. Winston-Salem State University 3. Fayetteville State University 4. Johnson C. Smith University 5. St. Augustine’s University 6. Livingstone College