Campus News 2013

Schreiner Officially Joins Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

June 1, 2013
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

ATLANTA, Georgia - Schreiner University officially became a full member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference today.

The Mountaineers join long-time conference mate Texas Lutheran (Seguin, TX) in making the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference move as the SCAC grows to eight members.  Schreiner and TLU join Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX), Austin College (Sherman, TX), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO), University of Dallas (Irving, TX) and Centenary College(Shreveport, LA) in the newly restructured league.

At the time that Schreiner was announced as the newest member of the SCAC (1/23/12), this is what was said by SCAC representatives and Schreiner administrators: “We are pleased that Schreiner University has elected to join the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference,” said Austin College president Marjorie Hass, who currently serves as the chair of the SCAC Board of Directors. “Schreiner represents another fine institution that has worked hard to find balance for its solid academic program and competitive NCAA Division III athletics program. We are all impressed with the commitment Schreiner has displayed in the review process and anticipate many competitive games and matches in the years to come with our new conference partner.”

"This is an important step for Schreiner University, both academically and athletically,” said Schreiner President Tim Summerlin. “The SCAC is a highly respected conference, and for very good reasons. That these institutions have unanimously endorsed an invitation to join the SCAC means much to us. We believe that it signifies a recognition that Schreiner is making great progress in its goal of being a premier place of learning as well as becoming increasingly competitive in its 13 intercollegiate athletic programs. We are honored by the invitation."

“I am delighted with the presidents’ affirmative response to the membership application of Schreiner University,” said SCAC commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “In the ever-changing membership of Division III in general, we recognize the importance of conference affiliation and associating our institutions with schools of similar academic and athletic philosophies. With Schreiner, we will gain an institution that fits our conference concept.”

"We feel very pleased and fortunate to have been invited into the SCAC," says Ron Macosko, Director of Athletics at Schreiner University. "In the fall of 2013, we will align ourselves with some of the top teaching institutions and athletic programs in the country. Although Schreiner is young as a university, it has made great strides in recent years, in terms of enrollment growth, facilities expansion and academic quality. We are committed to broad-based programs and recognize that academic success is the first priority for our student-athletes. We are pleased that the SCAC leadership saw these commitments when they made their decision to invite us."

For SU, the move comes after Schreiner enjoyed it best year ever, both academically and athletically, during the 2012-13 year.  Nine of the Mountaineers' 13 sports teams qualified for ASC postseason play this past year, easily topping the next best total in one academic year.  Men's Golf won its first ASC title in April and went on to finish 15th at the NCAA National Championship Tournament - in its first-ever appearance.  Women's Golf finished with its highest national ranking ever at #13 and briefly held the #1 national ranking in the fall.  Men's Soccer made the postseason for the fourth time since 2005 and advanced to the semi-finals of the championship tournament for the third time.  Women's and Men's Tennis both made the ASC championships for the first time since 2001.  The women's team won more matches in 2013 than the previous six seasons combined.  Schreiner Volleyball also earned a spot in the ASC Tournament for the first time since 1999 and Men's Basketball made it back to the tournament this winter.  SU had never qualified for either men's or women's basketball tournament prior to 2012.  Schreiner's cross country teams also competed in the championship tournament.

For their success on the fields of competition, the Mountaineers had an even better year in the classroom.  SU student-athletes had a cumulative grade point average of 3.05 this spring.  In addition to the record-setting result, making the accomplishment that much more impressive was that the performance was also accomplished with a record number of student-athletes participating on SU sports teams.  Women's Tennis swept the Team Scholar Award and had a team gpa of 3.362 this spring.  Men's Golf had the highest team gpa of the spring semester and rallied to edge Men's Tennis for the men's team award with a 3.365 GPA this semester.  Overall, more than 62% of SU's student-athletes earned a 3.00 GPA or  better and 42% of the members of SU's teams earned either President's List or Dean's List distinction.  All of those totals are records for the department.

Both Schreiner and Texas Lutheran had been members of the American Southwest Conference since the late 1990's.  Schreiner joined the ASC in 1998 when it transitioned away from NAIA membership and into NCAA Division III.  SU was a scholarship program in NAIA but has been non-(athletic) scholarship ever since.

More on the history of the SCAC:  The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) was founded and began operation on September 1, 1962, as the College Athletic Conference (CAC).  There were the four charter members of the conference. Later in 1962,a fifth member was added and the CAC remained unchanged until 1972.

Following membership changes throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the conference went through restructuring and renaming.  Trinity became the first of the current membership to join the league in 1988 and the conference grew to a then all-time high of eight.

In 1991, the conference renamed itself the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, hired its first full-time commissioner, and a permanent conference office was established in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of restructuring, the league also adopted its current primary mark (pictured right) and adopted blue (pms 287) and gold (pms 131) as the official colors of the conference.

Membership changes continued throughout the '90s. The SCAC added Southwestern in 1993 with participation beginning in the 1994-95 academic year. Austin College and Colorado College were confirmed as the 10th and 11th members of the league in 2006 with participation beginning in the 2006-07 academic year.

Prior to the 2010-11 academic year, the University of Dallas replaced DePauw effective July 1, 2011 - maintaining the league's membership total at 12 institutions.

After the conclusion of the June 7, 2011 SCAC Presidents' meeting, the conference announced that seven of its twelve member institutions would be leaving to form a new conference effective at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.

With membership down to five institutions – the conference’s lowest number since the 1979-80 academic year – the “new” SCAC wasted little time in adding to its membership rolls.

On September 28, 2011, Centenary College, another former American Southwest Conference institution, announced it would be joining the SCAC beginning in the 2012-2013 season. Two more ASC schools joined the SCAC for the 2013-14 season:

Schreiner University announced their decision on January 23, 2012, and on February 16, 2012, Texas Lutheran University announced it too would join the SCAC.

On the national athletics stage, the SCAC has had its fair share of success - both in terms of team championships (seven) and individual championships (31).

A bell, donated by the Norfolk and Western Railway, was adopted as the SCAC's "President's Trophy" and serves as the symbol for the conference. The President's Trophy is displayed for one year on the campus of the school with the combined men's and women's athletics program that accumulates the highest points total in the all-sports race established by the conference. The bell is awarded at the conclusion of the spring season.