Thomasville, NC--Beginning in 2007-08, the Carolinas-Virginia
Athletics Conference will become Conference Carolinas, and to help
commemorate the new era for the conference, All-Time Teams will be
selected for each of the conference's 14 championship sports.
All-Time Teams will be comprised of student-athletes who competed
for conference-member schools during the "CVAC era" from 1995-96
All-Time Teams will be announced during each sport's conference
championship, beginning this weekend at the 2006 CVAC Men's and
Women's Cross Country Championships. The All-Time Men's and Women's
Soccer Teams will be announced during next week's CVAC Soccer
Championships, followed by the announcement of the All-Time
Volleyball Team during the CVAC Volleyball Championship November
All-Time Teams will also be announced throughout the year for
baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf,
women's lacrosse, softball, and men's and women's tennis.
"Conference Members are excited to honor the best athletes of
an era when competition was intense," stated Commissioner Alan
Patterson. Certainly the level of competition will only increase
in the Conference Carolinas. The singe change is that the name
better reflects the location of members based in a geographical
area that is highly regarded throughout the country."
Student-athletes will be nominated by and voted on by CVAC
institutions. Only those student-athletes who competed or have
competed in the CVAC for a minimum of two seasons are eligible for
inclusion. Active student-athletes who meet the criteria are
Student-athletes will be selected from current member schools
Anderson, Barton, Belmont Abbey, Coker, Converse, Erskine,
Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, Pfeiffer, Queens, and St.
Andrews, as well as former members High Point and Longwood.
The Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference traces its roots to
the North State Intercollegiate Conference, which was founded in
1930 with seven conference members, all from North Carolina. Also
known as the Old North State Conference, the name was changed to
the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1960 after a
South Carolina institution was added. The CIAC was more commonly
known as the Carolinas Conference.
The Carolinas Conference was affiliated with the NAIA, then
added dual affiliation with NCAA Division II in 1994. The following
year, three NCAA Division II schools - Erskine, Longwood and Queens
- joined the conference, which became a full NCAA II member and
underwent a name change to Carolinas-Virginia Athletics
Charter member High Point left the conference in 1997 to pursue
NCAA Division I membership. Anderson and Limestone joined the CVAC
in 1998. Longwood, the only institution from Virginia to have been
a conference member, left in 2003 to pursue Division I membership.
Barton is the lone remaining charter member of the conference.
The name change to Conference Carolinas will take effect next
summer. The conference name will remain Conference Carolinas, even
if schools from outside of North and South Carolina are added to