CIAA Hosts Annual Football Officials Clinic

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina - On August 3-4, 2018 the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) with its Football Coordinator of Officials Donnell Leathers hosted its annual clinic and awards banquet at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

100+ football field officials, neutral observers, and graders joined Coordinator Donnell Leathers in preparation for the conference's first date of regular season competition on August 30, 2018. In addition to their clinic sessions, participants were welcomed by CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams and Ashleigh Bachert of the Durham County Sports Commission. This year's roster of officials will include 5 female officials.

Friday evening included the annual football officials banquet, where Shaw University Head Football Coach Adrian Jones featured as a guest speaker. The banquet included several service award recognitions and acknowledgement of the 2017 CIAA Championship crew and the CIAA-representing crew for the 2017 NCAA regional playoffs.

Over the past 5 seasons, the CIAA has had at least one crew selected for NCAA Division II regional playoff games.

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Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 13 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Chowan University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.