Big South Celebrates Title IX Anniversary: This Month In History


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - As part of the Big South Conference's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the Conference presents a feature today called "This Month In Big South Women's Athletics History."  For the next nine months, this segment will highlight significant achievements and historical attributes of the Big South Conference's women's athletics programs.  Today's collection is comprised of chronological accomplishments in the months of June, July and August since the Conference's founding in 1983.


June 1991 - The Big South announces the addition of women's outdoor track and women's soccer as official Conference championship sports, beginning with the 1993-94 academic year.

June 1, 2002 - Liberty's women's track & field team finishes in a tie for 15th place at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the highest finish for a Big South women's team at the national outdoor meet.  The Lady Flames' Heather Sagan (1,500-meter run) and Andrea Wildrick (pole vault) were the national runners-up in their respective events.

June 2004 - Two-time Big South Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year Amber Campbell (Coastal Carolina) sets an NCAA East Regionals record and ties the collegiate record with her hammer throw of 67.21 meters (220-6).  Campbell later earned a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Trials, but fell short in her attempt to make the U.S. Track & Field team.

June 13, 2005 - Former Radford women's golfer Laura Terebey qualifies for the 2005 U.S. Women's Open.

June 26-27, 2005 - Former Coastal Carolina All-American Amber Campbell qualifies to represent the United States at the 2005 World Championships in the hammer throw following a throw of 68.95m (226-2) at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship.  Also at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, Coastal Carolina sophomore Chasity Johnson finished 16th in the finals in the triple jump with a mark of 12.78m (41-11.25).

June 2, 2009 - Charleston Southern's women's 4x100-meter relay team of Dionne Gibson, Jessica Thomas, Misha Morris and Gabrielle Houston is the first Big South relay team -- men's or women's -- to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  The team would earn All-America honors following its eighth-place finish. 

June 16, 2009 - The Big South Conference is awarded $85,000 by the NCAA Women's Basketball Grant Program for the 2009-10 academic year to help further advance the game of women's basketball at all levels.

June 25-28, 2009 - Two former Big South women's track athletes finish in the Top 10 at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  Amber Campbell (Coastal Carolina) was the runner-up in the hammer throw (68.92m) to qualify for the U.S. National Team for the 2009 World Track & Field Championships for the second time.  Danielle McNaney (Liberty) finished seventh in the heptathlon with a career-high 5,688 points.

June 29, 2009 - The NFCA names Radford's softball coaching staff of head coach Mickey Dean and assistants Katy Lampman and Ashley Taylor as the Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

June 30, 2009 - Winthrop softball player Lisa Kingsmore is awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for $7,500.

June 26, 2010 - Former Coastal Carolina track & field standout Amber Campbell wins the hammer throw at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship with a mark of 234-8.  It is her first career win at the event.

June 3, 2011 - Radford softball pitcher Chelsea Kelley is selected as the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner in softball, becoming the first Big South student-athlete to receive the honor.  The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I softball. 

June 8, 2011 - The Big South Conference announces it will add women's lacrosse in 2012-13 as the Conference's 19th championship sport.

June 25, 2011 - Former Coastal Carolina track & field standout Amber Campbell wins the silver medal in the hammer throw at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships and qualifies for the 2011 IAAF World Championships, Aug. 27-Sept. 7 in Daegu, South Korea.  Campbell's throw of 229-10 (70.07m) secured second-place and qualified her for her third World Championships.

June 14, 2012 - 12 Big South Conference women's athletic programs are among those honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. 

June 21, 2012 - Former Coastal Carolina All-American Amber Campbell earns a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team after winning the hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Beaverton, Ore.  She was the first track & field athlete to secure a spot and moved from fourth to first on her fifth throw of the day -- a distance of 71.80m (235-06) that established a U.S. Olympic Trials record.  It will be Campbell's second appearance in the Olympics.


July 1, 1991 - Liberty University joins the Big South Conference.

July 1, 1999 - High Point University officially joins the Big South Conference.

July 21, 2005 - Liberty women's basketball player Katie Feenstra becomes the first women's athlete to win consecutive Big South Conference Female Athlete of the Year awards and is the second overall two-time winner. 

July 23, 2007 - The Big South announces a new multi-year agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), which becomes the Official Mid-Atlantic Partner of the Big South Conference.  MASN will provide live television coverage of Conference schools throughout its seven-state territory.

July 1, 2008 - Gardner-Webb University and Presbyterian College officially join the Big South Conference.

July 3-6, 2008 - One current and former Big South women's athletes qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  Current Coastal Carolina women's soccer player Emily McColl is named a member of the New Zealand National Team, while former Coastal Carolina track & field athlete Amber Campbell earns a spot on the U.S. National Team in the hammer throw.

July 1, 2009 - The Big South has three women's golfers named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team, marking the eighth consecutive season that the Conference had multiple honorees on the team.

July 8, 2009 - For the fourth consecutive year, the Big South has a women's basketball team named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, as Charleston Southern is ranked tied for 21st with a 3.320 team grade-point average.  It is the school's first appearance on the WBCA's annual honor roll.

July 20, 2009 - Gardner-Webb's women's golf team is named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) 2008-09 All-Scholar Top 25 Team GPA list with a team grade-point average of 3.743 - the fourth-highest in the nation.

July 5, 2010 - The Big South has 11 women's golfers named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team, tied for the most in the Conference since 2005.

July 28, 2010 - The Big South Conference's collective SAACs are named "Samaritan of the Month" for July by Samaritan's Feet following the joint effort to collect more than 10,500 pairs of shoes for the organization.

July 1, 2011 - Campbell University officially re-joins the Big South Conference, giving the League a record 11 member institutions.

July 7, 2011 - The Big South adds Davidson College as an associate member in women's lacrosse, effective in 2013.

July 13, 2011 - Radford women's basketball coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba is chosen to coach the U.S. Virgin Islands Senior women's national team for the summer.  The USVI squad will compete at the CBC Senior Women's Championship Aug. 3-7 in Nassau.

July 1, 2012 - Longwood University officially joins the Big South Conference, giving the League a record 12 member institutions.

July 9, 2012 - Campbell women's soccer coach Todd Clark returns from Sarpsborg, Norway where he was an assistant coach for the Northern Ireland women's national team in qualifying for Euro '13.

July 9, 2012 - Charleston Southern's women's golfer Amanda D'Ostroph is named a Third-Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, the Big South's first women's golfer to earn this distinction since 2005.

July 10, 2012 - Gardner-Webb rising senior Lauren Smith earns an automatic berth into the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championships after tying for third at the U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifier in Stockbridge, Ga.  The 112th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be held at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6-12.

July 12, 2012 - Campbell women's golfers Brooke Bellomy and Lisbeth Brooks are selected to play in the 3rd annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship presented by the National Golf Coaches Association.  The event is July 31 at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio.

July 20, 2012 - Coastal Carolina's women's golf team is named to the National Golf Coaches Association Top 25 Team GPA list with a 3.617 team GPA, good for 22nd nationally among all NCAA divisions.


August 21, 1983 - The Big South Conference is officially formed. 

August 27, 2007 - Coastal Carolina women's soccer players Emma Humphries and Emily McColl are selected to play for the New Zealand National Team in the 2007 Women's World Cup in China.

August 18, 2008 - At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, former Coastal Carolina women's track & field standout Amber Campbell places 21st in the preliminaries of the hammer throw.  She achieved a mark of 67.86 meters on her first throw, but then faulted on her final two throws in attempting to reach the top 12 to advance to the finals.  She fell just short, as the final qualifying distance was 69.36 meters.  However, Campbell was the top American finisher in the 50-competitor field.

August 22, 2009 - At the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, former Coastal Carolina women's track athlete Amber Campbell finishes 11th in the finals of the hammer throw with a 70.08-meter throw.  It was the first time she advanced to the finals in a major international competition.  She advanced to the final round two days earlier with a throw of 70.54 meters.

August 8, 2012 - Coastal Carolina track & field alumnus Amber Campbell finishes 13th in the women's hammer throw at the 2012 London Olympic Games with a final distance of 69.93m (229-05) in the qualifying round.  She missed advancing by just 21 inches.

August 20, 2012 - The Big South Conference receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship as part of a postseason bracket expansion approved by the NCAA Executive Committee.  The Big South is now one of 13 conferences that will have an automatic bid in women's lacrosse beginning in 2013 as the championship field increases from 16 to 26 teams.