College Of Charleston Cougars
The Charleston Cougars are an intercollegiate athletics team representing the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston Cougars basketball team is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, which competes in the American Athletics Conference (AAC) and the South Atlantic Athletic League (SAAC).
The Cougars qualified for the first AVCA National Championship in 2012, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and third overall. In 2013, they advanced to the NCAA National Championships and finished fourth in an NCAA Central Regional hosted by Oklahoma State, which remains their highest finish in the program's history.
Charleston finished the regular season tied with the best conference record with Northeastern, but when they needed it most, they could finish defensively. After a 2-0 victory over the Huskies, CofC grabbed its first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) title in over a year by hosting the ACC championship game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Cougars came from bottom to top to claim a quarterfinal victory, then defeated a talented William & Mary team in the 10 semifinals. In Charleston's title comeback, the Cougars forced 20 turnovers from the Huskies and forced one play - a high 18 turnovers from the Blue Devils in the 3-2 victory.
The Cougars will play the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Saturday, October 28, for the first time in the program's history.
The university sponsors 20 different sports teams, including basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, football, athletics, golf, cross-country, tennis and golf. Some of the university's most successful sports are sailing, which has won 14 national championships since 1986, men's baseball, which has qualified for the NCAA tournament seven times since 2004, and women's volleyball, which has qualified seven times since 2002. The Cougars compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and American Athletics Conference (AAC).
The men's team has won the SoCon title and the CAA title in each of the last three years, making the two NCAA tournament appearances. Charleston's women's golf team also won three conference titles, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The Cougars have played in the Big East Conference three times, the CBI in 2009 and 2010 and the ACC in 2010 and 2011.
Charleston received a big offer to the NIT in 2010 after finishing the regular season with a 23-8 record, but lost in the CAA tournament finals. The Cougars first reached the NCAA tournament in 1997 by beating Maryland in the first round. In 2000, the team entered the Southern Conference and won its only SoCon tournament championship that year.
Today, the Cougars are a member of the Colonial Athletics Association and are one of only three teams in Division I basketball to win both the regular-season championship and postseason tournament. South Carolina has not missed the NCAA tournament since that run, which included a run to the Final Four in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Cougars have won at least one regular-season title in each of their last four seasons, and the CAA championship in three of those years - the longest streak in the division. The series was snapped with a loss in the 2015 C AA Tournament Championship, but the Pumas advanced to their first ever NCAA championship game in 2015.
The men's team has qualified for the NCAA tournament for five consecutive seasons (2013-2017), including 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Charleston women's tennis has also qualified in each of the last four seasons for an NCAA tournament appearance, with two appearances in 2014 and 2015.
Cremins, Charleston has won 20 games in each of his five full seasons and he won the SoCon Coach of the Year award in 2011. Herrion also led the Cougars to three NCAA tournament appearances (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and one appearance in the College of Charleston's first-ever NCAA tournament.
The Cougars' extraordinary and successful record on and off the court has earned them a huge and supportive fan base. Grant and the Cougars will experience a national postseason for the first time in the history of their program as a member of the College of Charleston. The Pumas have a monster of a three-man pool of league talent who could find minutes against any team in the country. With a top-10 recruiting class and a strong squad, they will be wire-to-wire favorites because they have all the skills of a team for the postseason.
The school's pep band, known as Chucktown Sound, and Clyde the Cougar make sure fans are in good spirits. He can be seen gymnastics in the gym and getting everyone excited before every game.
Charleston moved to the Colonial Athletics Association in 2013, but Wojcik and the Cougars struggled to 6-10. In 2014, he led Charleston to the SoCon Championship, where he lost to Davidson in front of 2,000 fans in the final game of the regular season. He's a good size and forgets the line where he shot 86% from the field in his first two seasons in Charleston. The designated closer for Charleston is the 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior college transfer from North Carolina State, where she has been a starter for the last three seasons.