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The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the southeastern United States. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. The SAC was founded in 1975 as a football-only conference and became an all-sports conference beginning with the 1989–90 season.

South Atlantic Conference
SAC
Established1975
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision II
Members13 (14 in 2022)
Sports fielded
  • 20
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 10
RegionSoutheastern United States
HeadquartersRock Hill, South Carolina
CommissionerPatrick Britz (since 2008)
Websitethesac.com
Locations

The league currently sponsors 10 sports for men (football, cross country, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, tennis, golf) and 10 sports for women (volleyball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, softball, tennis, and golf).

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South Atlantic Conference
Location of SAC members: current and future

The distant forerunner of the South Atlantic Conference was the North State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIAC). The NSIAC was formed when the "Little Six", as it was called, broke from the North Carolina Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1930. The charter members included Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University), Lenoir–Rhyne College (now Lenoir–Rhyne University), Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College), Catawba College, Guilford College, Elon College (now Elon University), and High Point College (now High Point University).

The North State continued to grow over the next 30 years, adding Western Carolina University (1933), East Carolina University (1947) and Pfeiffer College (now Pfeiffer University) (1960). A name change became necessary when the league accepted Newberry College as its first member from the state of South Carolina in 1961. The league took on the name Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC) on May 20 of that year.

The CIAC saw several changes in the following years as East Carolina withdrew from the league in 1962. Appalachian State and Western Carolina followed in 1971 and 1976. All three landed in the Southern Conference (SoCon).

The South Atlantic Conference was founded in 1975 solely as a football conference. The league received its name from a contest in which Kurt Brenneman of Greensboro, North Carolina became the first to submit the SAC-8 moniker.

The SAC-8 consisted of Carson–Newman College (now Carson–Newman University), Catawba College, Elon College, Gardner–Webb College (now Gardner–Webb University), Lenoir–Rhyne College (now Lenoir-Rhyne University), Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University), Newberry College, and Presbyterian College. Dr. Fred Bentley, of Mars Hill College, was named league president for its inaugural year, by a vote of the member institutions.

After the first season of play in the SAC-8, the Bears of Lenoir–Rhyne College captured the first football title.

In 1989, the league's 15th year of operation, the South Atlantic Conference became a comprehensive, multi-sport conference. Doug Echols was named the league's first Commissioner. That year the South Atlantic Conference sponsored 10 sports – football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's soccer, volleyball, men's golf, men's and women's tennis. Later the conference grew to 14 championship sports by adding women's soccer (1990), men's and women's cross country (1993) and women's golf (1999). In 2013, the sports of men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's track and field were added, increasing the number of championship sports to 18.

The South Atlantic Conference was composed of the same eight member institutions from 1975–76 until 1988–89, when Wingate College (now Wingate University) replaced Newberry College as the eighth member institution. Newberry College later re-joined the conference in the 1996–97 season.

In July 1998, Tusculum College (now Tusculum University) was admitted as a member of the league, and Lincoln Memorial University began play in the conference in the 2006–07 academic year. Brevard College was admitted to the SAC as a provisional member in 2007 and a full member in 2008.

In 2008, Echols retired after serving as Commissioner for 19 years and Patrick Britz was hired as the new Commissioner.

In July 2010, Anderson University became the league's 10th member. Three years later in July 2013, Coker College (now Coker University) and Queens University of Charlotte joined the conference. On April 13, 2018, UVA Wise (in full, the University of Virginia's College at Wise) announced that it was joining the South Atlantic Conference for the 2019-20 season. A more recent change to the conference membership was announced on April 5, 2019, when Limestone College, which had joined as a football-only member in 2017 and added field hockey to its SAC membership the next year, was announced as a new full member effective in 2020–21, the same time it became Limestone University.

The SAC and Conference Carolinas entered into a partnership in the 2018–19 school year by which the two leagues would operate as a single conference in field hockey and wrestling, with championships immediately conducted in both sports. The leagues agreed that the SAC would coordinate the field hockey championship, while CC would fill the same role for wrestling. Accordingly, all CC field hockey programs became SAC affiliates, and all SAC wrestling programs became CC affiliates. The SAC–CC alliance is officially branded as "South Atlantic Conference Carolinas".

The most recent change in conference membership was announced on November 17, 2020. Emory & Henry College, currently in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference, will start a transition to Division II in July 2021 and start SAC competition in 2022.

Charter members

Newberry College left the SAC in 1989 (as a football member), and re-joined in 1996 (as an all-sport member). Wingate replaced Newberry College as the final member for the birth of the all-sport SAC in 1989. Former members Elon, Gardner–Webb, and Presbyterian were charter members of both the SAC-8 football era and the SAC all-sport era.

SAC-8
football era
(1975–1989)
Carson–Newman College
Catawba College
Elon College
Gardner–Webb College
Lenoir–Rhyne College
Mars Hill College
Newberry College
Presbyterian College
SAC
all-sport era
(1989–present)
Carson–Newman College
Catawba College
Elon College
Gardner–Webb College
Lenoir–Rhyne College
Mars Hill College
Presbyterian College
Wingate College

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
Anderson University Anderson, South Carolina 1911 Private (Baptist) 3,431 Trojans 2010
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City, Tennessee 1851 Private (Baptist) 2,115 Eagles 1975
Catawba College Salisbury, North Carolina 1851 Private (United Church of Christ) 1,300 Indians 1975
Coker University Hartsville, South Carolina 1908 Private (Nonsectarian) 1,000 Cobras 2013
Lenoir–Rhyne University Hickory, North Carolina 1891 Private (Lutheran ELCA) 2,200 Bears 1975
Limestone University Gaffney, South Carolina 1845 Private (Christian) 3,300 Saints 2020
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee 1897 Private (Nonsectarian) 4,867 Railsplitters 2006
Mars Hill University Mars Hill, North Carolina 1856 Private (Baptist) 1,395 Lions 1975
Newberry College Newberry, South Carolina 1856 Private (Lutheran ELCA) 1,070 Wolves 1975;
1996
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1857 Private (Nonsectarian) 2,100 Royals 2013
Tusculum University Tusculum, Tennessee 1794 Private (Presbyterian) 2,053 Pioneers 1998
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, Virginia 1954 Public 2,000 Cavaliers 2019
Wingate University Wingate, North Carolina 1896 Private (Baptist) 2,300 Bulldogs 1989
Notes
  1. Limestone had been an affiliate member in football from 2017 to 2020 and field hockey from 2018 to 2020 (with the final season of competition as an affiliate in both sports taking place in calendar 2019).

Future member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining
Emory & Henry College Emory, Virginia 1836 Private (United Methodist) 1,300 Wasps 2022–23

Affiliate members

Current

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined SAC
sport
Primary
conference
Belmont Abbey College Belmont, North Carolina 1876 Private (Catholic) 1,320 Crusaders 2018–19 field hockey Carolinas
Converse University Spartanburg, South Carolina 1889 Private (Nonsectarian) 750 Valkyries 2018–19 field hockey Carolinas

Future

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining SAC
sport
Primary
conference
Barton College Wilson, North Carolina 1902 Private (Christian Church) 1,200 Bulldogs 2022–23 football Carolinas
Erskine College Due West, South Carolina 1839 Private (Presbyterian) 800 Flying Fleet 2022–23 football Carolinas
Note
  1. Converse College before July 2021.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Brevard College Brevard, North Carolina 1934 Private (United Methodist) Tornados 2008–09 2016–17 USA South
(NCAA D-III)
Elon University Elon, North Carolina 1889 Private (Nonsectarian) Phoenix 1975–76 1996–97 Colonial Athletic
(NCAA D-I)
Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905 Private (Baptist) Runnin' Bulldogs 1975–76 1999–2000 Big South
(NCAA D-I)
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private (Presbyterian Church) Blue Hose 1975–76 2006–07 Big South
(NCAA D-I)

Membership timeline

Full member (all sports) Full member (non-football) Associate member (football-only) Associate member (sport)

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Y
Basketball Y Y
Cross Country Y Y
Field Hockey Y
Football Y
Golf Y Y
Lacrosse Y Y
Soccer Y Y
Softball Y
Tennis Y Y
Track & Field Indoor Y Y
Track & Field Outdoor Y Y
Volleyball Y

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
SAC
Sports
Anderson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Carson–Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Catawba Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Coker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Lenoir–Rhyne Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Limestone Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Lincoln Memorial Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Mars Hill Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Newberry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Queens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Tusculum Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
UVA Wise Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Wingate Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Totals 13 13 13 10 13 11 12 13 11 12 121
Affiliate Members
Barton Y 1
Erskine Y 1
  1. Anderson plans to add football no later than 2024.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross
Country
Field
Hockey
Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
SAC
Sports
Anderson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Carson–Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Catawba Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Coker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Lenoir–Rhyne Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Limestone Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Lincoln Memorial Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Mars Hill Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Newberry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Queens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Tusculum Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
UVA Wise Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Wingate Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10
Totals 13 13 4 13 11 12 13 13 11 12 13 128
Affiliate Members
Belmont Abbey Y 1
Converse Y 1
Future Members
Emory & Henry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
  1. Anderson will add women's lacrosse in 2022–23
  2. Lincoln Memorial will add field hockey in 2021–22.

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Bowling Swimming
& Diving
Volleyball Wrestling Acrobatics &
Tumbling
Beach
volleyball
Bowling Equestrian Swimming
& Diving
Triathlon Wrestling
Carson–Newman BMC IND BMC
Catawba BMC IND BMC
Coker IND CC CC
Emory & Henry BMC CC IDA/IHSA BMC IND
Lenoir–Rhyne BMC BMC
Limestone IND CC CC IND
Lincoln Memorial IND IND ECC
Mars Hill ASC CC ASC
Newberry CC
Queens BMC IND CC IND BMC IND
Tusculum IND IND ECC
Wingate BMC BMC
  1. Bowling is sponsored by the NCAA for women only. Men's college competition is sanctioned solely by the sport's US governing body, the American Bowling Congress, which sanctions women's competition alongside the NCAA.
  2. De facto Division I sport. The NCAA operates a combined Division I/II national championship in men's volleyball, and single national championship events in beach volleyball and bowling that are open to members of all three divisions.
  3. Acrobatics & tumbling, considered by the NCAA to be a single sport separate from the NCAA-sanctioned sport of gymnastics, is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. It does not yet have an NCAA championship event; college competition is governed by the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association.
  4. Equestrianism is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. It does not yet have an NCAA championship event; college competition is sponsored by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), and Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA).
  5. Triathlon is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. It does not yet have an NCAA championship event; college competition is sponsored by the sport's national governing body of USA Triathlon.
  6. Wrestling is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. It does not yet have an NCAA championship event; college competition is governed by the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association.
  7. De facto Conference Carolinas affiliate as part of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas.
  8. Emory & Henry will become a de facto Conference Carolinas affiliate as part of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas.
  9. Limestone's future men's volleyball affiliation has not yet been determined.
  10. Lincoln Memorial will add men's and women's wrestling in 2021–22. Men's wrestling will compete as a de facto Conference Carolinas affiliate as part of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas.

In addition to the above:

  • Anderson and Tusculum treat their male and female cheerleaders as varsity athletes.
  • Carson–Newman and Limestone treat their female cheerleaders (though not their male cheerleaders) and all-female dance teams as varsity athletes.
  • Catawba treats its male and female cheerleaders and all-female dance team as varsity athletes. The school also sponsors a coeducational varsity eSports team.
  • Coker has a coeducational varsity eSports team.
  • Future SAC member Emory & Henry treats its cheerleaders and dancers as varsity athletes without regard to gender. The school's equestrian program is coeducational, and has chosen to not affiliate with the NCAA emerging sport status. Instead, E&H riders compete in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) and Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA).
  • Lenoir–Rhyne treats its male and female cheerleaders and all-female dance team as varsity athletes.
  • Mars Hill sponsors a varsity cycling team, with separate men's and women's squads.
  • Queens treats its male and female cheerleaders and all-female dance team as varsity athletes. The school also sponsors men's triathlon, which has no NCAA recognition of any kind, as a varsity sport.
School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Anderson Trojans
non-football school
Abney Athletic Center 1,500
Carson–Newman Eagles Burke–Tarr Stadium 5,500 Holt Fieldhouse 2,000
Catawba Indians Shuford Stadium 4,500 Goodman Gym 3,500
Coker Cobras
non-football school
Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center 1,908
Emory & Henry Wasps Fred Selfe Stadium 5,500 John Rutledge King Center 1,240
Lenoir–Rhyne Bears Moretz Stadium 8,500 Shuford Memorial Gymnasium 2,770
Limestone Saints The Reservation 8,250 Timken Center 1,500
Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters
non-football school
Tex Turner Arena 5,000
Mars Hill Lions Meares Stadium 5,000 Stanford Arena 2,800
Newberry Wolves Setzler Field 4,000 Eleazer Arena 1,600
Queens Royals
non-football school
Curry Arena 2,500
Tusculum Pioneers Pioneer Field 1,850 Pioneer Arena 2,500
UVA Wise Cavaliers Carl Smith Stadium 3,900 David J. Prior Convocation Center 3,000
Wingate Bulldogs Irwin Belk Stadium 3,000 Cuddy Arena 2,300
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South Atlantic Conference Article Talk Language Watch Edit The South Atlantic Conference SAC is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the southeastern United States It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA s Division II level The SAC was founded in 1975 as a football only conference and became an all sports conference beginning with the 1989 90 season South Atlantic ConferenceSACEstablished1975AssociationNCAADivisionDivision IIMembers13 14 in 2022 Sports fielded20 men s 10 women s 10RegionSoutheastern United StatesHeadquartersRock Hill South CarolinaCommissionerPatrick Britz since 2008 Websitethesac comLocations The league currently sponsors 10 sports for men football cross country soccer basketball wrestling baseball lacrosse outdoor track amp field tennis golf and 10 sports for women volleyball cross country field hockey soccer basketball lacrosse outdoor track amp field softball tennis and golf Contents 1 History 2 Member schools 2 1 Charter members 2 2 Current members 2 3 Future member 2 4 Affiliate members 2 4 1 Current 2 4 2 Future 2 5 Former members 2 6 Membership timeline 3 Sports 3 1 Men s sponsored sports by school 3 2 Women s sponsored sports by school 3 3 Other sponsored sports by school 4 Conference stadia and arenas 5 References 6 External linksHistory EditSouth Atlantic Conference Interactive fullscreen map Location of SAC members current and future The distant forerunner of the South Atlantic Conference was the North State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference NSIAC The NSIAC was formed when the Little Six as it was called broke from the North Carolina Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1930 The charter members included Appalachian State Teachers College now Appalachian State University Lenoir Rhyne College now Lenoir Rhyne University Atlantic Christian College now Barton College Catawba College Guilford College Elon College now Elon University and High Point College now High Point University The North State continued to grow over the next 30 years adding Western Carolina University 1933 East Carolina University 1947 and Pfeiffer College now Pfeiffer University 1960 A name change became necessary when the league accepted Newberry College as its first member from the state of South Carolina in 1961 The league took on the name Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference CIAC on May 20 of that year The CIAC saw several changes in the following years as East Carolina withdrew from the league in 1962 Appalachian State and Western Carolina followed in 1971 and 1976 All three landed in the Southern Conference SoCon The South Atlantic Conference was founded in 1975 solely as a football conference The league received its name from a contest in which Kurt Brenneman of Greensboro North Carolina became the first to submit the SAC 8 moniker The SAC 8 consisted of Carson Newman College now Carson Newman University Catawba College Elon College Gardner Webb College now Gardner Webb University Lenoir Rhyne College now Lenoir Rhyne University Mars Hill College now Mars Hill University Newberry College and Presbyterian College Dr Fred Bentley of Mars Hill College was named league president for its inaugural year by a vote of the member institutions After the first season of play in the SAC 8 the Bears of Lenoir Rhyne College captured the first football title In 1989 the league s 15th year of operation the South Atlantic Conference became a comprehensive multi sport conference Doug Echols was named the league s first Commissioner That year the South Atlantic Conference sponsored 10 sports football men s and women s basketball baseball softball men s soccer volleyball men s golf men s and women s tennis Later the conference grew to 14 championship sports by adding women s soccer 1990 men s and women s cross country 1993 and women s golf 1999 In 2013 the sports of men s and women s lacrosse and men s and women s track and field were added increasing the number of championship sports to 18 The South Atlantic Conference was composed of the same eight member institutions from 1975 76 until 1988 89 when Wingate College now Wingate University replaced Newberry College as the eighth member institution Newberry College later re joined the conference in the 1996 97 season In July 1998 Tusculum College now Tusculum University was admitted as a member of the league and Lincoln Memorial University began play in the conference in the 2006 07 academic year Brevard College was admitted to the SAC as a provisional member in 2007 and a full member in 2008 In 2008 Echols retired after serving as Commissioner for 19 years and Patrick Britz was hired as the new Commissioner In July 2010 Anderson University became the league s 10th member Three years later in July 2013 Coker College now Coker University and Queens University of Charlotte joined the conference 1 On April 13 2018 UVA Wise in full the University of Virginia s College at Wise announced that it was joining the South Atlantic Conference for the 2019 20 season 2 A more recent change to the conference membership was announced on April 5 2019 when Limestone College which had joined as a football only member in 2017 and added field hockey to its SAC membership the next year was announced as a new full member effective in 2020 21 the same time it became Limestone University 3 The SAC and Conference Carolinas entered into a partnership in the 2018 19 school year by which the two leagues would operate as a single conference in field hockey and wrestling with championships immediately conducted in both sports The leagues agreed that the SAC would coordinate the field hockey championship while CC would fill the same role for wrestling Accordingly all CC field hockey programs became SAC affiliates and all SAC wrestling programs became CC affiliates 4 The SAC CC alliance is officially branded as South Atlantic Conference Carolinas 5 The most recent change in conference membership was announced on November 17 2020 Emory amp Henry College currently in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference will start a transition to Division II in July 2021 and start SAC competition in 2022 6 Member schools EditCharter members Edit Newberry College left the SAC in 1989 as a football member and re joined in 1996 as an all sport member Wingate replaced Newberry College as the final member for the birth of the all sport SAC in 1989 Former members Elon Gardner Webb and Presbyterian were charter members of both the SAC 8 football era and the SAC all sport era SAC 8 football era 1975 1989 Carson Newman CollegeCatawba CollegeElon CollegeGardner Webb CollegeLenoir Rhyne CollegeMars Hill CollegeNewberry CollegePresbyterian College SAC all sport era 1989 present Carson Newman CollegeCatawba CollegeElon CollegeGardner Webb CollegeLenoir Rhyne CollegeMars Hill CollegePresbyterian CollegeWingate College Current members Edit Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors JoinedAnderson University Anderson South Carolina 1911 Private Baptist 3 431 Trojans 2010Carson Newman University Jefferson City Tennessee 1851 Private Baptist 2 115 Eagles 1975Catawba College Salisbury North Carolina 1851 Private United Church of Christ 1 300 Indians 1975Coker University Hartsville South Carolina 1908 Private Nonsectarian 1 000 Cobras 2013Lenoir Rhyne University Hickory North Carolina 1891 Private Lutheran ELCA 2 200 Bears 1975Limestone University Gaffney South Carolina 1845 Private Christian 3 300 Saints 2020 a Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate Tennessee 1897 Private Nonsectarian 4 867 Railsplitters 2006Mars Hill University Mars Hill North Carolina 1856 Private Baptist 1 395 Lions 1975Newberry College Newberry South Carolina 1856 Private Lutheran ELCA 1 070 Wolves 1975 1996Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina 1857 Private Nonsectarian 2 100 Royals 2013Tusculum University Tusculum Tennessee 1794 Private Presbyterian 2 053 Pioneers 1998University of Virginia s College at Wise Wise Virginia 1954 Public 2 000 Cavaliers 2019Wingate University Wingate North Carolina 1896 Private Baptist 2 300 Bulldogs 1989Notes Limestone had been an affiliate member in football from 2017 to 2020 and field hockey from 2018 to 2020 with the final season of competition as an affiliate in both sports taking place in calendar 2019 Future member Edit Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors JoiningEmory amp Henry College Emory Virginia 1836 Private United Methodist 1 300 Wasps 2022 23Affiliate members Edit Current Edit Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined SAC sport Primary conferenceBelmont Abbey College Belmont North Carolina 1876 Private Catholic 1 320 Crusaders 2018 19 field hockey CarolinasConverse University a Spartanburg South Carolina 1889 Private Nonsectarian 750 Valkyries 2018 19 field hockey CarolinasFuture Edit Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Joining SAC sport Primary conferenceBarton College Wilson North Carolina 1902 Private Christian Church 1 200 Bulldogs 2022 23 football CarolinasErskine College Due West South Carolina 1839 Private Presbyterian 800 Flying Fleet 2022 23 football CarolinasNote Converse College before July 2021 7 Former members Edit Institution Location Founded Type Nickname Joined Left Current conferenceBrevard College Brevard North Carolina 1934 Private United Methodist Tornados 2008 09 2016 17 USA South NCAA D III Elon University Elon North Carolina 1889 Private Nonsectarian Phoenix 1975 76 1996 97 Colonial Athletic NCAA D I Gardner Webb University Boiling Springs North Carolina 1905 Private Baptist Runnin Bulldogs 1975 76 1999 2000 Big South NCAA D I Presbyterian College Clinton South Carolina 1880 Private Presbyterian Church Blue Hose 1975 76 2006 07 Big South NCAA D I Membership timeline Edit Full member all sports Full member non football Associate member football only Associate member sport Sports EditConference sports Sport Men s Women sBaseball YBasketball Y YCross Country Y YField Hockey YFootball YGolf Y YLacrosse Y YSoccer Y YSoftball YTennis Y YTrack amp Field Indoor Y YTrack amp Field Outdoor Y YVolleyball YMen s sponsored sports by school Edit School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track amp Field Indoor Track amp Field Outdoor Total SAC SportsAnderson Y Y Y a Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Carson Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Catawba Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Coker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Lenoir Rhyne Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Limestone Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Lincoln Memorial Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Mars Hill Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Newberry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Queens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Tusculum Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9UVA Wise Y Y Y Y Y Y 6Wingate Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Totals 13 13 13 10 13 11 12 13 11 12 121Affiliate MembersBarton Y 1Erskine Y 1 Anderson plans to add football no later than 2024 8 Women s sponsored sports by school Edit School Basketball Cross Country Field Hockey Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track amp Field Indoor Track amp Field Outdoor Volleyball Total SAC SportsAnderson Y Y Y a Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Carson Newman Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9Catawba Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Coker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11Lenoir Rhyne Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Limestone Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11Lincoln Memorial Y Y b Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Mars Hill Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Newberry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11Queens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11Tusculum Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9UVA Wise Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7Wingate Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10Totals 13 13 4 13 11 12 13 13 11 12 13 128Affiliate MembersBelmont Abbey Y 1Converse Y 1Future MembersEmory amp Henry Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9 Anderson will add women s lacrosse in 2022 23 9 Lincoln Memorial will add field hockey in 2021 22 5 Other sponsored sports by school Edit School Men WomenBowling a Swimming amp Diving Volleyball b Wrestling Acrobatics amp Tumbling c Beach volleyball b Bowling b Equestrian d Swimming amp Diving Triathlon e Wrestling f Carson Newman BMC IND BMCCatawba BMC IND BMCCoker IND CC g CCEmory amp Henry BMC CC h IDA IHSA BMC INDLenoir Rhyne BMC BMCLimestone IND i CC g CC INDLincoln Memorial IND j IND ECC j Mars Hill ASC CC ASCNewberry CC g Queens BMC IND CC g IND BMC INDTusculum IND IND ECCWingate BMC BMC Bowling is sponsored by the NCAA for women only Men s college competition is sanctioned solely by the sport s US governing body the American Bowling Congress which sanctions women s competition alongside the NCAA a b c De facto Division I sport The NCAA operates a combined Division I II national championship in men s volleyball and single national championship events in beach volleyball and bowling that are open to members of all three divisions Acrobatics amp tumbling considered by the NCAA to be a single sport separate from the NCAA sanctioned sport of gymnastics is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program It does not yet have an NCAA championship event college competition is governed by the National Collegiate Acrobatics amp Tumbling Association Equestrianism is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program It does not yet have an NCAA championship event college competition is sponsored by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Intercollegiate Dressage Association IDA and Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association IHSA Triathlon is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program It does not yet have an NCAA championship event college competition is sponsored by the sport s national governing body of USA Triathlon Wrestling is currently part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program It does not yet have an NCAA championship event college competition is governed by the Women s Collegiate Wrestling Association a b c d De facto Conference Carolinas affiliate as part of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Emory amp Henry will become a de facto Conference Carolinas affiliate as part of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Limestone s future men s volleyball affiliation has not yet been determined a b Lincoln Memorial will add men s and women s wrestling in 2021 22 Men s wrestling will compete as a de facto Conference Carolinas affiliate as part of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas 5 In addition to the above Anderson and Tusculum treat their male and female cheerleaders as varsity athletes Carson Newman and Limestone treat their female cheerleaders though not their male cheerleaders and all female dance teams as varsity athletes Catawba treats its male and female cheerleaders and all female dance team as varsity athletes The school also sponsors a coeducational varsity eSports team Coker has a coeducational varsity eSports team Future SAC member Emory amp Henry treats its cheerleaders and dancers as varsity athletes without regard to gender The school s equestrian program is coeducational and has chosen to not affiliate with the NCAA emerging sport status Instead E amp H riders compete in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association IDA and Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association IHSA Lenoir Rhyne treats its male and female cheerleaders and all female dance team as varsity athletes Mars Hill sponsors a varsity cycling team with separate men s and women s squads Queens treats its male and female cheerleaders and all female dance team as varsity athletes The school also sponsors men s triathlon which has no NCAA recognition of any kind as a varsity sport Conference stadia and arenas EditSchool Football BasketballStadium Capacity Arena CapacityAnderson Trojans non football school Abney Athletic Center 1 500Carson Newman Eagles Burke Tarr Stadium 5 500 Holt Fieldhouse 2 000Catawba Indians Shuford Stadium 4 500 Goodman Gym 3 500Coker Cobras non football school Harris E amp Louise H DeLoach Center 1 908Emory amp Henry Wasps Fred Selfe Stadium 5 500 John Rutledge King Center 1 240Lenoir Rhyne Bears Moretz Stadium 8 500 Shuford Memorial Gymnasium 2 770Limestone Saints The Reservation 8 250 Timken Center 1 500Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters non football school Tex Turner Arena 5 000Mars Hill Lions Meares Stadium 5 000 Stanford Arena 2 800Newberry Wolves Setzler Field 4 000 Eleazer Arena 1 600Queens Royals non football school Curry Arena 2 500Tusculum Pioneers Pioneer Field 1 850 Pioneer Arena 2 500UVA Wise Cavaliers Carl Smith Stadium 3 900 David J Prior Convocation Center 3 000Wingate Bulldogs Irwin Belk Stadium 3 000 Cuddy Arena 2 300References Edit History of the SAC South Atlantic Conference Retrieved June 4 2014 UVa Wise to Join South Atlantic Conference in 2019 20 UVaWiseCavs com April 13 2018 Retrieved April 15 2018 Limestone College to Join South Atlantic Conference in 2020 21 Press release South Atlantic Conference April 5 2019 Retrieved April 26 2019 Conference Carolinas and The South Atlantic Conference Partner to Sponsor Field Hockey and Wrestling Press release South Atlantic Conference January 25 2018 Retrieved December 16 2018 a b c Lincoln Memorial University to Add Field Hockey and Men s and Women s Wrestling Press release Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters September 24 2020 Retrieved September 28 2020 Emory amp Henry College to Join South Atlantic Conference Will Begin Competition in 2022 23 Press release South Atlantic Conference November 17 2020 Retrieved November 26 2020 Converse Announces Inaugural Men s NCAA Division II Athletic Teams for 2021 2022 Press release Converse College April 8 2020 Retrieved September 5 2020 Anderson University Moving Forward with Plan to Launch Trojan Football Program Press release Anderson Trojans October 4 2019 Retrieved April 25 2020 Wallach Tabbed to Lead Anderson Women s Lacrosse Press release Anderson Trojans July 8 2021 Retrieved December 23 2021 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title South Atlantic Conference amp oldid 1061735156, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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