Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference logo.png
AssociationNAIA
Founded1949
CommissionerJeff Schimmelpfennig
Sports fielded
  • 16
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 8
No. of teams14 full + 1 associate
RegionMidwestern United States
Official websiteccacsports.com
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Its 14 members are located in the Midwestern United States. In many sports, the conference champion qualifies directly for national competition.

The CCAC sanctions play in eight men's and eight women's sports. Men's sports include soccer, cross country, basketball, track and field, tennis, baseball, golf, and volleyball; while women's sports include soccer, volleyball, cross country, track and field, basketball, tennis, golf, and softball.

In all sports, it sanctions regular season league play as well as a post-season tournament.

Member schools

Current members

The CCAC currently has 14 full members, all but three are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Calumet College of St. Joseph Whiting, Indiana 1951 Catholic
(C.PP.S.)
1,292 Crimson Wave 2001
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1931 Catholic
(S.S.F.A.)
4,407 Wolves 1997
Governors State University University Park, Illinois 1969 Public 7,775 Jaguars 2016
Holy Cross College Notre Dame, Indiana 1966 Catholic
(C.S.C.)
500 Saints 2009
Indiana University–Northwest Gary, Indiana 1959 Public 4,760 Redhawks 2019
Indiana University–South Bend South Bend, Indiana 1966 Public 8,394 Titans 2003
Judson University Elgin, Illinois 1963 American Baptist 1,231 Eagles 1996
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, Illinois 1907 Nazarene 4,579 Tigers 1996
Roosevelt University[a] Chicago, Illinois 1945 Nonsectarian 7,500 Lakers 2010
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 1882 Catholic
(Diocese of Davenport)
3,343 Fighting Bees 2015
University of St. Francis Joliet, Illinois 1920 Catholic
(Franciscans)
3,764 Fighting Saints 1973
Saint Xavier University Chicago, Illinois 1846 Catholic
(R.S.M.)
4,252 Cougars 1973
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, Illinois 1959 Reformed 1,380 Trolls 1987
Trinity International University Deerfield, Illinois 1897 Evangelical Christian 2,688 Trojans 1996
Notes
  1. ^ Roosevelt is currently a member of the CCAC, but has agreed to provisional membership into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and will be applying for membership into NCAA Division II no later that February of 2023. If approved, they will make the full transition for the 2024–25 school year.

Affiliate members

The CCAC currently has one affiliate member, which is also a private school:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined CCAC
sport
Primary
conference
Viterbo University La Crosse, Wisconsin 1890 Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,677 V-Hawks 2018–19 men's volleyball North Star (NSAA)

Former members

The CCAC has 18 former full members, all but three are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Aurora University[a] Aurora, Illinois 1893 Nonsectarian 2,309 Spartans 1954 1970? Northern (NACC)[b]
Barat College Lake Forest, Illinois 1858 Catholic N/A Bulldogs 1998? 2001 N/A[c]
University of Chicago[d] Chicago, Illinois 1890 Nonsectarian 14,788 Maroons 1949 ? University (UAA)[b]
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public
(TMCF)
2,620 Cougars 1965? 1981? D-I Independent
Dominican University[e] River Forest, Illinois 1901 Catholic
(Dominican Order)
1,697 Stars 1981? 1999? Northern (NACC)[b]
Eureka College[d] Eureka, Illinois 1855 Disciples of Christ 680 Red Devils ? 1996? St. Louis (SLIAC)[f]
George Williams College Williams Bay, Wisconsin 1890 Christian N/A Indians 1976 1978?
(or 1980?)
N/A[g]
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois 1890 Nonsectarian 2,977 Scarlet Hawks 1949
1993?
1981?
2013
Northern (NACC)[b]
University of Illinois–Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1858 Public 30,539 Flames 1949 1978?
(or 1980?)
Horizon[h]
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 1930 Nonsectarian 7,000 Warriors 1978 1988 Wolverine–Hoosier (WHAC)
Kendall College Chicago, Illinois 1934 Nonsectarian N/A Vikings 1997[1] 2004? N/A[i]
Lewis University[j] Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Catholic
(C.F.C.)
4,306 Flyers 1954 1980 Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)[f]
Lincoln College Lincoln, Illinois 1865 Nonsectarian N/A Lynx 2020 2022 Closed in 2022
Mundelein College[k] Chicago, Illinois 1930 Catholic
(B.V.M.)
N/A Lakers 1982? 1991?
(or 1993?)
N/A[l]
National Louis University Chicago, Illinois 1886 Nonsectarian 7,005 Eagles[m] 1982 1994
(or 1993?)
N/A[n]
North Park University[d] Chicago, Illinois 1891 Evangelical
Covenant
1,814 Vikings 1959 1962? Illinois–Wisconsin (CCIW)[b]
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public 7,423 Golden Eagles 1949 1980
(or 1989?)
N/A[o]
Purdue University–Northwest[p] Hammond &
Westville, Indiana
1973 Public 8,617 Pride 1973[p] 2017 Great Lakes (GLIAC)[f]
Robert Morris University Chicago, Illinois 1913 Nonsectarian N/A Eagles 1995
(or 1996?)
2020 N/A[q]
Notes
  1. ^ Formerly known as Aurora College until 1985.
  2. ^ a b c d e Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  3. ^ Barat was merged with DePaul University in 2001; which was later closed in 2005.
  4. ^ a b c Didn't participate for the basketball charter member side before 1973.
  5. ^ Formerly known as Rosary College until 1997.
  6. ^ a b c Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
  7. ^ George Williams was merged into Aurora University in 2000.
  8. ^ Currently an NCAA Division I athletic conference.
  9. ^ Kendal was purchased in 2008 by Laureate International Universities, and later transferred to National Louis University in 2018.
  10. ^ Formerly known as Lewis College until 1973.
  11. ^ This institution was a women's college, therefore it did not compete in men's sports.
  12. ^ Mundelein was merged with Loyola University Chicago in 1991.
  13. ^ National Louis's nickname was Lakers before 1990.
  14. ^ National-Lewis dropped its athletic program during the 1990s.
  15. ^ Northeastern Illinois dropped its athletic program after the 1997–98 school year.
  16. ^ a b Purdue–Northwest was formed in 2016 by the combining of Purdue–Calumet (located in Hammond, Indiana and competing as the Peregrines) and Purdue–North Central (located in Westville, Indiana and competing as the Panthers).
    • Purdue–North Central joined the CCAC from before 2004–05 to 2015–16; while Purdue–Calumet joined from 1973–74 to 1974–75, and from 1993–94 to 2015–16.
  17. ^ Robert Morris (Ill.) merged into Roosevelt University after the 2019–20 school year.

References

  1. ^ Andrew Bagnato (February 8, 1997). "New Entree On Kendall's Menu: Sports". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2018.