You’ll need to pack the orange paint, because it’s time to get your game face on. Whether you want to crush the competition on the playing field or show your support from the stands, be ready to bring your 'A' game when it comes to Pioneer spirit. Carroll is home to 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams and competes in the nationally-recognized College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Go Pios!

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Football First


The first legal forward pass in a football game ever happened at Carroll—in 1906! Thrown by the quarterback from the other team, it may or may not have been intercepted by the mighty Pioneers.

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The CCIW is nationally-recognized as a powerhouse Division III conference
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First Match


In 1866, only one year after the end of the American Civil War, the first organized soccer match ever played in the United States took place here, at Carroll.



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Athletics Calls An Audible


When the CCIW announced in late July that fall sports competitions at its member campuses were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it might have seemed the Carroll athletic program would simply shut down for the fall semester.

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Women's Bowling Added to Athletics Program


Carroll University Athletics is expanding to 23 athletic programs with the addition of women's bowling. The Pioneer program will remain with the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, as the conference recently announced the sponsorship of the new program.

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