RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Tom Yeager, the only commissioner in the history of the Colonial Athletic Association, is going retire in June 2016, capping a 40-year career in collegiate athletics.
Yeager, the CAA commissioner for more than three decades, announced Thursday that he will step down, bringing an end to the longest current tenure as a Division I conference commissioner.
He came to the CAA after nine years on the NCAA staff, joining the organization in 1976 as an investigator in the enforcement department.
Yeager transformed what was once a Virginia/North Carolina conference into a league with a presence in many of the major metropolitan areas on the East Coast.
In his tenure, the conference produced 19 national team champions, 33 individual national champions, 16 national coaches of the year and 17 national players of the year. The league boasts five Rhodes Scholar student-athletes and 24 NCAA post-graduate scholars.