CCSA Announces Conference Expansion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – The Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) is pleased to announce the additions of Florida Atlantic University and Old Dominion University to its membership in Men's Swimming & Diving, effective immediately. Both institutions will compete at the 2016 CCSA Championships on February 17-20 at the University of Georgia.

"On behalf of all the swimmers and divers, coaches and institutional members in the CCSA, we are very pleased to welcome the Florida Atlantic and Old Dominion men's programs into the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association," said CCSA Executive Director Ted Gumbart. "We were founded to provide an outstanding championship experience for our student-athletes, and as we enter our ninth year, we are now stronger than ever and remain committed to providing a first-class experience for our members."

FAU and ODU become the seventh and eighth members of the CCSA's men's program. They join current members Gardner-Webb, Howard, Incarnate Word, UMBC, NJIT, and VMI.

The Florida Atlantic men's program is entering its 24th season of competition in 2015-16. The Owls are led by second-year head coach Lara PreaccoCarol Withus has been the head coach of the Old Dominion men's program for 23 years. She was named the CAA Coach of the Year four times.

The 2015-16 men's schedule will be announced in August.

Founded in 2007, the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) was originally developed by four regional Division I conferences -- the Atlantic Sun Conference, Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Conference and the Southern Conference, to create a centralized home for their members with swimming and diving programs. Now in its ninth season, the CCSA boasts a total a 11 members from six states and the District of Columbia, becoming one of the largest Division I conferences in the country sponsoring swimming and diving. CCSA members represent the District of Columbia (Howard), Florida (Florida Atlantic, North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast), Georiga (Georgia Southern), Maryland (UMBC), New Jersey (NJIT), North Carolina (Campbell, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville, North Carolina A&T), Texas (Incarnate Word) and Virginia (Liberty, Old Dominion, VMI).