San Antonio – Despite an announcement about major changes in the membership of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Trinity University remains committed to the conference, and is excited about what the future holds.
Seven out of 12 member schools announced that they will withdraw from the SCAC following the 2011-12 academic year. Those leaving the conference are Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and Sewanee: The University of the South.
Five institutions will remain in the SCAC: Trinity, Austin College, Colorado College, Southwestern University, and the University of Dallas – which will open its first season in the conference in 2011-12.
The announcement was made following yesterday’s meeting of the Board of Directors, consisting of university presidents.
Remaining as Commissioner of the SCAC will be Dwayne Hanberry, who has worked in the conference for the past 16 years. Any inquiries about future membership in the SCAC should be directed to the SCAC Office.
“Obviously, this news puts Trinity and the remaining members of the SCAC in a difficult situation,” said Trinity Director of Athletics Bob King, “but we feel confident that under the leadership of Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry that we will pull through this, and eventually, be better than ever.”
New members have already been approached about joining the SCAC. The goal is to have an eight to 10-member conference, which will continue to be part of the NCAA Division III. The SCAC is committed to the philosophy of having members with the highest academic standards, while maintaining competitive athletics programs.
According to Mr. King, “Trinity’s goal is to continue to be a nationally-competitive athletics program, and we hope that new members of the SCAC will have similar goals. We are already looking at ways to develop competitive schedules in all sports for the future. We are open to any and all possibilities moving forward.”
Tiger teams have won 11 President’s Trophies, as the best overall program in the conference. Trinity won the trophy – a railroad bell – seven consecutive years, from 1993-94 to 1999-2000. A four-year streak was produced from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Trinity began competition in the conference in the 1989-90 season.
Trinity’s men’s and women’s teams have captured 144 SCAC Championships over the years, including five during the 2010-11 season: men’s and women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, baseball, and men’s tennis.