TranSouth Athletic Conference

The TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) was a college athletic conference for smaller colleges and universities located in the Southern United States. It is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in that organization's Region XI.

TranSouth Athletic Conference
TSAC
TranSouth Athletic Conference logo
Established1996
Dissolved2013
AssociationNAIA
Members6
Sports fielded
  • 13
    • men's: 6
    • women's: 7
RegionSoutheastern United States
Region XI of the NAIA
CommissionerCharlie Smith
Websitetransouth.org
Locations
TranSouth Athletic Conference locations

HistoryEdit

On August 9, 2012 it was announced that Mid-Continent University had accepted an invitation to join the American Midwest Conference, starting with the 2013-14 season.[1] Later, Bethel, Blue Mountain, and Martin Methodist were announced to be moving to the Southern States Athletic Conference starting with the 2013-14 season.[2]

Chronological timelineEdit

  • 1997 - Lyon College joined the TSAC, effective the 1997-98 academic year.
  • 2005 - Crichton College (later Victory University) joined the TSAC, effective the 2005-06 academic year.
  • 2009 - Two institutions left the TSAC to fine new conference homes: Lambuth to begin transition to the NCAA Division II ranks as an Independent, and Victory to suspend athletics (which would return beginning the 2010-11 academic year), effective after the 2008-09 academic year.
  • 2012 - Life University joined the TSAC, effective the 2012-13 academic year.
  • 2013 - The TSAC would cease operations as an athletic conference, effective after the 2012-13 academic year; as many schools left to find new conference homes, effective beginning the 2013-14 academic year: Freed–Hardeman and Mid-Continent to the American Midwest, Bethel (Tennessee), Blue Mountain and Martin Methodist (now UT Southern) to the SSAC, and Life returning as an NAIA Independent (before joining the Mid-South since the 2014-15 academic year).

Member schoolsEdit

Final membersEdit

On its final season, the TSAC had six member schools, which most were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Cumberland Presbyterian 2,975 Wildcats 1996–97,
2006–07[a]
2012–13 Southern States (SSAC)
(2013–14 to 2019–20)
Mid-South
(2020–21 to present)
Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, Mississippi 1873 Mississippi Baptist 505 Toppers 1996–97 Southern States (SSAC)
(2013–14 to present)
Freed–Hardeman University Henderson, Tennessee 1869 Churches of Christ 2,027 Lions 1996–97 American Midwest
(2013–14 to 2019–20)
Mid-South
(2020–21 to present)
Life University Marietta, Georgia 1974 3,100 Running Eagles 2012–13 NAIA Independent
(2013–14)
Mid-South
(2014–15 to 2021–22)
Southern States (SSAC)
(2022–23 to future)
Martin Methodist College[b] Pulaski, Tennessee 1870 Public[c] 1,001 RedHawks[d] 1996–97 2012–13 Southern States (SSAC)
(2013–14 to 2019–20)
Mid-South
(2020–21 to present)
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Baptist 1,823 Cougars 2006–07 American Midwest
(2013–14)
N/A[e]
Notes
  1. ^ Bethel left the TSAC after the 1998–99 season; before re-joining effective in the 2006–07 season.
  2. ^ Martin Methodist joined the University of Tennessee system in July 2021 to become the University of Tennessee Southern.
  3. ^ Martin Methodist (now UT Southern) was a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church until July 2021.
  4. ^ Martin Methodist is now competing as the UT Southern FireHawks.
  5. ^ Mid-Continent closed after the 2013–14 school year.

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
conference
Current
conference
Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia 1902 Private 1,937 Vikings 1996–97 2003–04 Southern States
(2004–05 to 2009–10)
D-III Independent
(2010–11 to 2012–13)
SAA (NCAA D-III)
(2013–14 to present)
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama 1856 1,400 Panthers 1996–97 2000–01 Big South (NCAA D-I)
(2001–02 to 2005–06)
D-I Independent
(2006–07)
SCAC (NCAA D-III)
(2007–08 to 2012–13)
SAA (NCAA D-III)
(2013–14 to present)
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 1,500 Bulldogs[a] 2002–03 2011–12 Mid-South
(2012–13 to present)
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 800 Eagles 2006–07 2008–09 D-II Independent
(2009–10 to 2010–11)
N/A[b]
Lipscomb University Nashville, Tennessee 1891 4,278 Bisons 1996–97 2000–01 D-I Independent
(2001–02 to 2002–03)
Atlantic Sun (NCAA D-I)
(2003–04 to present)
Lee University Cleveland, Tennessee 1918 4,954 Flames 1996–07 2003–04 Southern States
(2004–05 to 2012–13)
Gulf South (NCAA D-II)
(2013–14 to present)
Lyon College Batesville, Arkansas 1872 600 Scots 1997–98 2011–12 American Midwest
(NCAA D-III in 2022–23)
Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, Tennessee 1901 2,345 Trojans 1996–97 2011–12 G-MAC (NCAA D-II)
(2012–13 to present)
Union University Jackson, Tennessee 1823 4,259 Bulldogs 1996–97 2011–12 Gulf South (NCAA D-II)
(2012–13 to present)
Victory University[c] Memphis, Tennessee 1941 1,970 Eagles 2005–06 2008–09 N/A
(2009–10)
NCCAA/USCAA
(2010–11 to 2013–14)
N/A[d]
Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 1941 700 Eagles 1996–97 2000–01 American Midwest
(2001–02 to present)
Notes
  1. ^ Cumberland (Tennessee) changed its nickname from Bulldogs to Phoenix in 2016.
  2. ^ Lambuth closed after the 2010–11 school year.
  3. ^ Victory was formerly known as Crichton College during the school's tenure in the TSAC.
  4. ^ Victory closed after the 2013–14 school year.

Membership timelineEdit

Life UniversityMid-Continent UniversityLambuth UniversityVictory UniversityCumberland UniversityLyon CollegeWilliams Baptist CollegeUnion UniversityTrevecca Nazarene UniversityMartin Methodist CollegeLee UniversityLipscomb UniversityFreed–Hardeman UniversityBlue Mountain CollegeBirmingham–Southern CollegeBethel University (Tennessee)Berry College

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Men's sponsored sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women's sports sponsored are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mid-Continent Accepts Invitation to American Midwest Conference". Mid-Continent University. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "SSAC Announces Bethel, Blue Mountain, and Martin Methodist as Newest Members". Southern States Athletic Conference. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.