League History

The California Collegiate Athletic Association has been the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletic conferences since its establishment in December 1938.

The 13-member league is home to some of the nation’s finest NCAA Division II athletic programs in Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State L.A., Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, CSU, Monterey Bay, Humboldt State, UC San Diego, San Francisco State and Sonoma State.   

CCAA institutions compete in six women’s and six men’s conference-sponsored sports.  Fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.  Men’s and women’s basketball are contested in the winter, and men’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, softball and baseball comprise spring competition.

CCAA members have won 153 NCAA Championships (102 men, 51 women) all time, far and away the most of any Division II conference.  On the men’s side, CCAA members have brought home at least 10 titles in swimming & diving (25), wrestling (16), track & field (13), tennis (11) and baseball (10).

CCAA institutions have been very successful in the history of NCAA women’s athletics, having won 10 cross country, nine softball, six track & field, five volleyball and five basketball national championships as well as 14 more in four other sports.

The CCAA has undergone several changes in conference membership since charter members UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State came together to form the league in 1938.  Over the past 75 years, a number of institutions have been members of the CCAA, including Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chapman, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Pacific, Pepperdine, UC Riverside, UC Davis and Grand Canyon University.

The CCAA Commissioner’s Office relocated from southern California to the San Francisco Bay Area-suburb of Walnut Creek in July 1998.  Mike Matthews became commissioner in February 2013.