By Tom Whitestone
July 1, the Charlotte 49ers will complete their move to Conference USA, a
league that they were members of for a 10-year stint from 1995-96 through
2004-05. The 49ers will bid farewell to the Atlantic 10
Conference, of which they were member for eight years, from 2005-06
the eight years in the Atlantic 10, Charlotte put up some stout numbers:
Atlantic 10 Conference Championships
NCAA Team trips and another 10 NIT appearances
NCAA Individual appearances
Atlantic 10 Players of the Year
Atlantic 10 Individual Sport Student-Athletes of the Year
Atlantic 10 Male or Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year
put it in perspective, in the 49ers’ eight years in the league, the conference,
which included up to 16 teams, awarded 204 league championships in the sports
Charlotte sponsors. Charlotte won 25% of them, more than any other school
in the league.
A-10 awarded 230 Player of the Year Awards over that span. Charlotte won
20% of those, more than any other school in the league.
the six years that they awarded individual sport student-athletes of the year,
94 such honors were distributed. Charlotte won over 31% of them, more
than any other school in the league.
the six years that they awarded a Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year,
12 such individuals earned honors. Seven were 49ers. No other
school had more than two.
49ers won an average of six league titles per year, including a high of eight
in 2007-08 when baseball and women’s soccer swept regular-season and tournament
titles and in 2008-09 when women’s soccer enjoyed another sweep and women’s
basketball claimed the tournament title in Halton Arena. In 2005-06 and
in 2008-09, a high of seven different 49ers programs won league titles.
Golf, Women’s Indoor Track and Women’s Outdoor Track each won seven of a
possible eight league titles during the 49ers stay in the A-10. In fact,
after just eight years in the league, the 49ers own conference records for most
league titles in each of those sports: golf, women’s indoor track and women’s
outdoor track. The 49ers men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and
field programs combined to win an incredible 23 of a possible 32 league
11 different 49ers programs won an A-10 league title; 13 sports boasted an A-10
Player of the Year and 11 had a sport Student-Athlete of the Year.
the way, Charlotte reached the NCAA National Championship game in men’s soccer
in 2011 and boasted back-to-back top 10 finishes at the NCAA Golf
Championships, including a third-place finish in 2007. Additional NCAA
tournament victories, Top 25 W’s and a slew of all-America performances vaulted
the 49ers program to the top of the league.
battled with the likes of Xavier and Dayton, Richmond and George Washington,
Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Fordham and St. Bonaventure, Temple and La
Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis and ultimately VCU and Butler.
June 30, the 49ers’ eight-year membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference ends. For Charlotte, it was an era marked by excellence.
NUMBERS OVER LAST 8 YEARS (in the 16
sports Charlotte participates):
Saint Louis/Xavier 20
won those 50 titles in 11 sports; Dayton was 2nd with 8 sports
A-10 Players of the Year:
won those 45 awards in 13 sports; Temple was 2nd with 16 awards in
A-10 Sport Student-Athletes of the Year: (awarded
for six years from 2005-06 to 2010-11):
George Washington/Saint Louis 8
won those 29 awards in 11 sports; Dayton; GW and SLU won awards in 6 sports
A-10 Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year: (awarded
for six years from 2005-06 to 2010-11)
for 2012-13 – award winners to be announced)
Xavier; Saint Bonaventure; Massachusetts 1
won its 7 awards in 5 sports; SLU won its awards in 2 sports)
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Tom Whitestone is associate athletic director for media relations