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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
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School Name: Bethune-Cookman University
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Arena: Moore Gymnasium
Capacity: 3,000
Conference: SWAC
Head coach: Reggie Theus

Bethune-Cookman University or simply BCC (as it was formerly called) or BCU (as it is called as of February 14, 2007) is a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, a graduate of Barber-Scotia College when it was still Scotia Seminary, founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904. In 1923, it merged with the Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, Florida and became a co-ed high school. A year later in 1924, it became affiliated with the Methodist church. By 1931, it had become a junior college, and took on the name of Bethune-Cookman College. As of Feb. 14, 2007 the name was changed to Bethune-Cookman University.

Bethune-Cookman University is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) after having left the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in July 2021, and participates in NCAA Division I (FCS for football). The school sponsors basketball, bowling, baseball, cross country, football, track and field and volleyball. Before moving to the SWAC, the Wildcats had been MEAC members since 1979. The Wildcats had 25 MEAC titles; 10 in baseball, 1 in bowling, 1 in men's cross country, 2 in women's cross country, 3 in football, 2 in women's indoor track and field, 5 in softball and 2 in women's tennis.

Bethune-Cookman is also noted for offering a music scholarship to Vince Carter, but he chose the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instead.

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