Chowan Hawks
UniversityChowan University
ConferenceConference Carolinas (primary)
Gulf South (football)
CIAA (women's bowling)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorPatrick Mashuda
LocationMurfreesboro, North Carolina
Varsity teams22 (9 men's, 11 women's, 2 co-ed)
Football stadiumGarrison Stadium
Basketball arenaHawks Athletic Center (Bob Burke Court)
Baseball stadiumHawkins Field
Softball stadiumCU Softball Field
Soccer stadiumSoccer/Lacrosse Complex
Aquatics centerBynum Brown Aquatic Center
Tennis venueRose Family Tennis Complex
ColorsRoyal blue and white[1]

The Chowan Hawks are the athletic teams that represent Chowan University, located in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.

The Hawks compete as members of the Conference Carolinas for 18 of the 21 sports with football and women's bowling as an associate member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Chowan will begin competition in Acrobatics and Tumbling and Esports in 2020–2021. The Acrobatics and Tumbling program is sanctioned by the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA), while Esports is sanctioned through National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).

Chowan has been a full member of Conference Carolinas as a full member since the 2019–20 season, and was formerly also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association and the USA South Athletic Conference of the NCAA's Division III, and the CIAA from 2009–10 to 2018–19.

Conference affiliations



On September 24, 2007, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), established in 1912 and the oldest black athletic conference in United States, announced that Chowan would join the conference for its 2008 football season. Chowan initially entered the CIAA as a football-only member, continuing its membership at the NCAA Division II-level. In joining the CIAA (which sponsors 16 men’s and women’s championships annually). In October 2008, the CIAA's board of trustees voted to accept Chowan as a full member. Chowan then became the first non-HBCU member of the CIAA, participating in all sports beginning with the 2009–2010 academic year.

Varsity teams

List of teams

Individual teams


Coach James Garrison was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He was the Chowan College football coach for 43 years. Coach Garrison won 182 games (third among junior college coaches) and was 7-time Conference Coach of the Year. 35 players were NJCAA All-Americans. The last football team to post a winning record was the 1999 Chowan team which finished 5–4.[2]

Men's basketball

Bob Burke, "all-time winningest coach in Chowan's basketball history," had a 337–124 record.[3]


  1. ^ "CHOWAN UNIVERSITY". Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Chowan names new football coach". Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. December 9, 2004. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bob Burke". The Official Athletics Site of the Chowan University Hawks. Retrieved 31 January 2017.