College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
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FormerlyCollege Conference of Illinois
ConferenceNCAA
Founded1946
CommissionerMaureen Harty (since 2019)
Sports fielded
  • 25
    • men's: 13
    • women's: 12
DivisionDivision III
No. of teams9
HeadquartersNaperville, Illinois
RegionUpper Midwest
Official websitecciw.org
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) is a college athletic conference which competes in the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

CCIW schools have accounted for 50 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; five in football; four in men's indoor track and field; three in women's soccer; two in women's outdoor track and field, women's basketball, men's soccer, men’s golf, and men's volleyball; 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 and field team captured the 2010 national championship. The Cardinals made their clean sweep by winning the men's outdoor track and field title in the spring of 2010. In addition, the Illinois Wesleyan women's outdoor track and 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 and field and outdoor track and 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 and field title in 2012. Illinois Wesleyan won the conference's second women's basketball national title in 2012.

In 2019 Illinois Wesleyan Men’s Golf won their first National Championship. They followed that up with a second National Championship in 2021 after a one year break due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Coached by Jim Ott to both Championships and led by Drew Pershing and Ben Johnson in 2019 and Jimmy Morton, Andrew Abel and Rob Wuethrich in 2021.

North Central Football won the 2019 National Championship and, after the COVID year of 2020 in which no championship was held, finished second in the nation in 2021.

Carthage won consecutive men's volleyball titles in 2021 and 2022.

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History

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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 25 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's bowling, 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 and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's volleyball and wrestling. The most recently added sports are men's volleyball, which started play in the 2020 season (2019–20 school year),[2] and bowling, which started play in 2020–21.[3]

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 academic year. The last member to leave the CCIW was Carroll following the 1991–92 academic year. 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.[4] After 2017, Rose–Hulman left as an associate member shortly before its full-time home of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced it would add swimming.[5]

The CCIW lost one affiliate member and gained two in 2020. Greenville University, which had moved its men's volleyball program from the single-sport Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League to the CCIW in 2019–20, downgraded the sport from varsity to club status after that school year.[6] With the addition of bowling, Lakeland University, a wrestling affiliate since 2016–17, added bowling to its CCIW membership, while Aurora University and Marian University became affiliates in that sport.[3]

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Current members

The CCIW currently has nine full members; all are private schools.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois 1860 Lutheran ELCA 2,513 Vikings 1946
Carroll University Waukesha, Wisconsin 1846 Presbyterian 2,789 Pioneers (men's)
Lady Pioneers (women's)
1955[a];
2016[b]
Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin 1847 Lutheran ELCA 2,374 Firebirds 1946;
1961[c]
Elmhurst University Elmhurst, Illinois 1871 United Church of Christ 2,748 Bluejays 1946;
1967[d]
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, Illinois 1850 Methodist 2,113 Titans 1946
Millikin University Decatur, Illinois 1901 Presbyterian 2,118 Big Blue 1946
North Central College Naperville, Illinois 1861 United Methodist 2,490 Cardinals 1946
North Park University Chicago, Illinois 1891 Evangelical Covenant 1,814 Vikings 1962
Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois 1860 Evangelical Protestant 2,282 Thunder 1946;
1967[e]
Notes
  1. ^ Carroll joined the CCIW during the 1955 spring season (1954–55 school year).
  2. ^ Carroll left the CCIW after the 1991–92 school year before rejoining effective in the 2016–17 school year.
  3. ^ Carthage left the CCIW after the 1951–52 school year before rejoining in the 1961–62 school year.
  4. ^ Elmhurst left the CCIW after the 1959–60 school year, but rejoined in 1967–68 for most sports, with football returning a year later.
  5. ^ Wheaton left the CCIW after the 1959–60 school year, but returned for most sports in 1967–68 and football in 1970–71.

Affiliate members

The CCIW currently has nine affiliate members; all are private schools.[7]

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
conference
CCIW
sport(s)
Aurora University Aurora, Illinois 1893 Nonsectarian 2,309 Spartans 2020–21 Northern (NACC) bowling
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, Wisconsin 1881 Lutheran LCMS 7,721 Falcons 2016–17 Northern (NACC) wrestling
Lakeland University Plymouth, Wisconsin 1862 United Church of Christ 3,973 Muskies 2016–17wr.;
2020–21bw.
Northern (NACC) bowling,
wrestling
Loras College Dubuque, Iowa 1839 Catholic
(Archdiocese of Dubuque)
1,600 Duhawks 2019–20 American Rivers (ARC) men's volleyball[2]
Marian University Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 1936 Catholic 1,497 Sabres 2020–21 Northern (NACC) bowling
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1903 Nonsectarian 2,823 Raiders 2016–17 Northern (NACC) wrestling
Transylvania University Lexington, Kentucky 1780 Disciples of Christ 963 Pioneers 2021–22[8] Heartland (HCAC) men's lacrosse
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1890 Nonsectarian 15,276 Maroons 2018–19 University (UAA) women's lacrosse[9]
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Nonsectarian 14,117 Bears 2018–19 University (UAA) football[10]

Former members

The CCIW has two former full members, both private schools.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Illinois College Jacksonville, Illinois 1829 United Church of Christ;
Presbyterian
973 Blueboys 1946–47 1952–53 Midwest (MWC)
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, Illinois 1857 Nonsectarian 1,441 Foresters 1946–47 1962–63 Midwest (MWC)

Former affiliate members

The CCIW has two former affiliate members, both private schools.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left CCIW
sport(s)
Current
conference[a]
Greenville University Greenville, Illinois 1892 Free Methodist 932 Panthers 2019–20 2019–20 men's volleyball[2] N/A [b]
Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana 1874 Nonsectarian 1,840 Fightin' Engineers 2007–08 2016–17 swimming Heartland (HCAC)
University of Dubuque Dubuque, Iowa 1852 Presbyterian 2,190 Spartans 2014–15 2020–21m.lax.
2018–19w.lax.
men's lacrosse
women's lacrosse
Midwest Lacrosse (MLC)m.lax.[11]
N/Aw.lax.[c]
Notes
  1. ^ Current conference in former CCIW sport; does not necessarily match primary home conference affiliation.
  2. ^ During its tenure while competing in CCIW men's volleyball, Greenville's primary home conference was the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). However, it dropped the sport after the 2020 spring season (2019–20 school year).
  3. ^ During their tenure while competing in CCIW women's lacrosse, Dubuque's primary home conference was the American Rivers Conference (ARC), which they still compete today for all of its other sports. However, it dropped the sport after the 2019 spring season (2018–19 school year).[12]

Membership timeline

Transylvania UniversityMarian University (Wisconsin)Aurora UniversityLoras 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)

Sports

See also: CCIW Men's Basketball Tournament

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 (2019–20 school year), with bowling (an NCAA sport for women only) added in 2020–21.

The CCIW sponsors championships in the following sports:

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

National championships

Year Sport School
2022 Men's volleyball Carthage
2021 Men's golf Illinois Wesleyan
2021 Men's volleyball Carthage
2019 Football North Central
2019 Men's golf Illinois Wesleyan
2018 Men's cross country North Central
2017 Men's cross country North Central
2016 Men's cross country North Central
2014 Men's cross country North Central
2012 Men's cross country North Central
2012 Women's basketball Illinois Wesleyan[13]
2011 Men's cross country North Central
2010 Baseball Illinois Wesleyan[14]
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

References

  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. ^ a b "CCIW Announces the Addition of Women's Bowling as Its 25th Sport; Three Programs Added as Associate Members" (Press release). College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. July 23, 2020. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "CCIW History". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  5. ^ "Rose leaves CCIW, but HCAC could add swimming just in time". www.cciw.org. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  6. ^ "Men's volleyball to move from intercollegiate sport to club sport in 2020-21" (Press release). Greenville Panthers. March 17, 2020. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "CCIW Associate Members". 28 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Transylvania to join CCIW as associate member in men's lacrosse in 2021-22".
  9. ^ "UChicago women's lacrosse to join CCIW as associate member". 26 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Wash U, Chicago already leaving SAA". [d3football.com]. June 12, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "MLC Welcomes the University of Dubuque as Newest Member". 11 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Women's Lacrosse".
  13. ^ "All-time Division III basketball champions". 5 April 2016.
  14. ^ "All-time Division III baseball champions". 8 June 2021.