BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s beach volleyball team will join the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) and will compete as a member beginning in the spring of 2016.
“Florida Atlantic University is grateful to CCSA for inviting us to be a charter member for beach volleyball,” said Pat Chun, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. “The opportunity for our student-athletes to compete for a conference championship is invaluable. We look forward to doing our part to build one of the best beach volleyball conferences in the NCAA.”
The CCSA formed in 2007 as a partnership among swimming and diving programs in the Atlantic Sun Conference, Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southern Conference to provide championship opportunities for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving student-athletes.
Conference growth in swimming and diving now shows 15 institutions with competitors from eight separate Division I multisport conferences. With the addition of beach volleyball, the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association now has 22 member institutions with participants from 11 different NCAA Division I multisport conferences.
Conference USA members UAB and FIU also will join the conference for beach volleyball. Florida State, Georgia State, LSU, Tulane and South Carolina will make up the rest of the charter beach volleyball membership. The first CCSA Beach Volleyball Championship will be held at LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson, Ga. on the Rally Volleyball Courts on April 22-24.
“We are very excited to be a part of the CCSA,” said Capri Grotowski, FAU head beach volleyball coach. “It promises to be a competitive conference from the outset and we are looking forward to the challenge. This is another huge step in the growth and development of our sport on the collegiate level.”
With the beach volleyball team joining the CCSA, all 19 FAU varsity sports will be eligible to compete for a conference championship. The NCAA officially recognized beach volleyball as the newest championship sport in January of 2015.
The 2016 beach volleyball schedule will be announced later this fall.