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The Red River Athletic Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The conference's 12 member institutions are located in Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

Red River Athletic Conference
RRAC
Red River Athletic Conference logo
Established1998
AssociationNAIA
DivisionDivision I
Members12 (11 in 2019)
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 8
RegionSouth Central United States
Region VI of the NAIA
HeadquartersWaco, Texas
CommissionerTony Stigliano
Websitewww.redriverconference.com
Locations
Red River Athletic Conference locations

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HistoryEdit

The conference began competition in 1998 with 16 charter members.[1] The conference at present counts 12 members, the most recent addition being Texas A&M-Texarkana in 2016.[2] In 2018, St. Thomas - Houston announced its departure from the conference to join the NCAA Division III's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference as a provisional member in 2019.[3]

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Huston–Tillotson University Austin, Texas 1881 800 Rams 1998
University of Houston–Victoria Victoria, Texas 1973 4,407 Jaguars 2015
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, Texas 1912 550 Bulldogs 1998
Louisiana State University of Alexandria Alexandria, Louisiana 1959 3,378 Generals 2014
Louisiana State University Shreveport Shreveport, Louisiana 1967 4,200 Pilots 2010
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, Texas 1895 2,660 Saints 2008
Paul Quinn College Dallas, Texas 1872 700 Tigers 1998
University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas 1947 3,300 Celts 2011
University of the Southwest Hobbs, New Mexico 1962 550 Mustangs 1998
Texas College Tyler, Texas 1894 800 Steers 1998
Texas A&M University-Texarkana Texarkana, Texas 1971 1,865 Eagles 2016
Wiley College Marshall, Texas 1873 1,250 Wildcats 1998
  • Departing member University of St. Thomas in pink.

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Bacone College Muskogee, Oklahoma 1880 Warriors 1998 2015 Sooner
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 1960 Huskies 1998 2007 Southland
(NCAA D-I)
Langston University Langston, Oklahoma 1897 Lions 1998 2018 Sooner
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma 1897 Rangers 1998 2002 Great American
(NCAA D-II)
Northwood University Cedar Hill, Texas 1966 Knights 1998 2013 Dropped sports
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, Oklahoma 1908 Drovers 1998 2000 Sooner
Southwestern Adventist University Keene, Texas 1893 Knights 1998 2002 USCAA
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas 1927 Lions 1998 2013 Sooner
Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas 1969 Dustdevils 1998 2006 Heartland
(NCAA D-II)
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Rams 2001 2013 Sooner
University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, Texas 1991 Ocelots 1998 2015 Merged in 2015 with
University of Texas–Pan American
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 Falcons 1998 2006 Lone Star
(NCAA D-II)

SportsEdit

The Red River Athletic Conference sponsors championships in seven men's and eight women's sports.

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Looking Back at the Past 15 Years of RRAC Basketball - Blog". Victorysportsnetwork.com. June 18, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "LSUA Joins the Red River Athletic Conference". Lsua.edu. October 23, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS ANNOUNCES NCAA DIVISION III EXPLORATORY MEMBERSHIP". USTCelts.com. Retrieved February 14, 2018.

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