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All-Time CIAA Football Champions

The CIAA is the oldest conference created for Historically Black Colleges. Here are its champs for the last century-plus.

When people think of the CIAA, most people think of its basketball tournament. Or more specifically, the spectacle surrounding its basketball tournament.

But the CIAA has the deepest roots of all the HBCU conferences, and that includes football.

1910s

1912Howard
1913Hampton Institute
1914Hampton Institute
1915Hampton Institute
1916Hampton Institute
1917Virginia Union
1918No Champ (WWI)
1919No Champ (WWI)

1920s

1920No Champ
1921Virginia Union
1922Hampton
1923Virginia Union
1924Lincoln
1925Hampton
1926Hampton
1927North Carolina A&T
1928Hampton
1929Virginia State

1930s

1930Morgan
1931Hampton
1932Morgan
1933Morgan
1934Morgan
1935Morgan
1936Morgan
1937Virginia State
1938Morgan
1939Morgan

1940s

1940Morgan
1941Morgan
1942Morgan
1943Morgan
1944Morgan
1945Virginia State
1946Morgan
1947Shaw
1948 West Virginia State
1949Morgan State

1950s

1950NC A&T
1951West Virginia State
1952Virginia State
1953NC College (NCCU)
1954NC College (NCCU)
1955Maryland State (Maryland-Eastern Shore)
1956Maryland State, NC College, Delaware State (tie)
1957Maryland State
1958NC A&T
1959NC A&T

1960s

1960Maryland State
1961NC College
1962Morgan State
1963NC College
1964NC A&T
1965Morgan State
1966Morgan State
1967Morgan State
1968Morgan State
1969Johnson C. Smith

1970s

1970Virginia State
1971Elizabeth City State
1972Virginia State
1973Virginia Union
1974Norfolk State
1975Norfolk State
1976Norfolk State
1977Winston-Salem State
1978 Winston-Salem State
1979Virginia Union

1980s

1980North Carolina Central
1981Virginia Union
1982Virginia Union
1983Virginia Union
1984Norfolk State
1985Hampton
1986 Virginia Union
1987Winston-Salem State
1988Winston-Salem State
1989Bowie State*
Hampton won three titles in a row before bouncing to the MEAC.

1990s

1990Winston-Salem State
1991Winston-Salem State
1992Hampton
1993Hampton
1994Hampton
1995Virginia State
1996Virginia State
1997Livingstone
1998Livingstone
1999Winston-Salem State

2000s

2000Winston-Salem State
2001Virginia Union
2002Fayetteville State
2003Fayetteville State
2004Shaw
2005NC Central
2006NC Central
2007Shaw
2008Shaw
2009 Fayetteville State
WSSU has won four of the eight titles given out since it returned to the CIAA.

2010s

2010Shaw
2011Winston-Salem State
2012Winston-Salem State
2013No Champ (Game Cancelled)
2014Virginia State
2015Winston-Salem State
2016Winston-Salem State
2017Virginia State
2018Bowie State

*= Win Vacated

Most Championships:

  • Morgan State: 18
  • Virginia State/Winston-Salem State: 12
  • Virginia Union: 11
  • NC A&T/Shaw University: 5

Out of the teams that are still in the CIAA, Virginia State and Winston-Salem State are currently leading the conference with 12 championships each.

More Fun Facts:

  • Morgan State is not only 18x champions, winning 13 of those titles in 19 years, but they are also the only team to win five straight. championships in the CIAA. (1940-1944).
  • Hampton was the first team in the conference to win four straight championships (1913-1916).
  • Winston-Salem State is the only team in the conference to repeat after every win (1977-78, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1999-2000, 2011-12, 2015-16).
  • St. Aug and Chowan are the only two teams currently in the CIAA to have never won at least one football title.
  • Johnson C. Smith, Elizabeth City State and Bowie State all have one CIAA title

All-Time CIAA Football Champions
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  1. Troy

    July 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    There are some inaccuracies in the championship count amongst institutions. Virginia State according to my count has 10. I couldn’t for the life of me find two more unless WVSU (two) were taken into account. Also you missed NCCU = 8, and VUU = 10

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