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 continues its "This Month In Big South Women's Athletics History" feature.  During a nine-month span, this segment highlights 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 month of September since the Conference's founding in 1983.

September 1984 - UNC Asheville becomes eighth Conference member.

September 1986 - The Big South Conference becomes a full-fledged member of NCAA Division I.  The League adds six women's sports that year as well - basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, golf and volleyball - and now sponsors 12 sports.

September 18, 1995 - UNC Asheville women's soccer player Kristi Cummings sets an NCAA Division I record for the fastest goal scored to start a game when she scores just :06 seconds into the Bulldogs' contest against Furman.  Her mark is now the second-fastest all-time. 

September 2001 - Former Coastal Carolina basketball, softball and tennis standout Brooke Weisbrod is named NCAA Women of the Year for the state of South Carolina.

September 2002 - Liberty's Heather Sagan is named NCAA Women of the Year for the state of Virginia.

September 2004 - Former Winthrop volleyball standout Anna Vagstad is named NCAA Women of the Year for the state of South Carolina.

September 11, 2005 - VMI's women's soccer team, in its third season of existence, records its first-ever win over a Division I program with a 2-0 win at Youngstown State.  The victory snaps the Keydets' 19-game losing streak in the process.

September 12, 2005 - Former Winthrop softball player Janiva Willis is named one of 10 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.  Willis, named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of South Carolina on August 31, is the first Big South student-athlete to advance to the finalist stage.

September 14, 2005 - Former Liberty University women's basketball standout Katie Feenstra is named to the WNBA's inaugural All-Rookie Team.  Feenstra was one of two unanimous selections.

September 6, 2006 - Virginia Military Institute is awarded the inaugural Big South Conference institutional sportsmanship award for the 2005-06 athletic year.  The honor is part of the Big South's new sportsmanship awards program that began that season.

September 5, 2007 - UNC Asheville Athletic Director Janet Cone is named the 2007 Division I-AAA Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.

September 14, 2007 - Presbyterian College's women's soccer team earns its first win over a Division I opponent with a 5-0 blanking of The Citadel.

September, 2007 - Presbyterian College's volleyball team goes undefeated during the month of September.  The squad went 14-0 from Sept. 1-29 en route to a 20-13 overall record.

September 13, 2009 - UNC Asheville volleyball player Raquel Miotto becomes the Big South Conference's all-time digs leader, breaking the previous record of 2,125 digs set by Asheville's Elissa Steffen from 1991-94.  Miotto would finish her career with 2,687 digs to rank fourth all-time in NCAA Division I history.

September 12-17, 2010 - For the first time in Conference history, the Big South posts two women's soccer wins over the ACC when High Point defeats Clemson, 4-3 on Sept. 12, and five days later when Coastal Carolina shut outs the Tigers, 1-0.

September 27, 2011 - Liberty women's basketball player Avery Warley is named to the 2011 USA Basketball Pan American Games Team, which will compete Oct. 21-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

September 11, 2012 - Campbell's women's golf team wins the Golfweek Program Challenge to give head coach John Crooks his 65th career victory and move him into a tie for fourth-place on the NCAA Division I women's all-time tournament coaching victories list.