Peach Belt Conference

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Peach Belt Conference
(PBC)
Peach Belt Conference logo
Established 1990
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 14
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region Southeastern United States
Headquarters Augusta, Georgia
Commissioner David Brunk (since 2007)
Website peachbeltconference.org
Locations
Peach Belt Conference locations

The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Since its inception in 1990-91, the Peach Belt has developed a consistent history of excellence which continues to this day with 30 national championships and 27 national finalists. Starting with only two championships in 1991, in men’s and women’s basketball, the conference has expanded to 13 championship sports with the addition of women’s golf in the fall of 2009.

History[edit]

The conference traces its roots back to November 1988 when 11 schools first met in Greenville, S.C. to form a Division II conference. Following a second meeting on Dec. 3, 1989, five of those 11 schools, plus two others, formed the Peach Belt and begin play in fall 1990.

The seven charter members of the conference were Armstrong Atlantic State University, Columbus State University, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University (then Georgia College), Lander University, USC Aiken, and USC Upstate. The name Peach Belt Athletic Conference was adopted in January 1990 and modified to Peach Belt Conference in May 2000.

Augusta State University joined the conference in 1991 and UNC Pembroke became the ninth member on July 1, 1992. They were followed by Kennesaw State University on July 1, 1994, Clayton State University on July 1, 1995 and the University of North Florida on July 1, 1997. Kennesaw State and North Florida departed for the Division I ranks in 2005, USC Upstate did the same in 2007, and the conference welcomed in North Georgia College & State University in 2005 and Georgia Southwestern State University in 2006. In 2009-10, the Peach Belt expanded to 13 members, the most the league has ever had, with the additions of the University of Montevallo and Flagler College. The two schools also returned a league presence to Florida and broke new ground in Alabama. In 2012, Augusta State was merged into Georgia Regents University Augusta, and NGCSU was merged into the University of North Georgia in 2013; in both cases, the new institutions inherited the Peach Belt memberships of the older schools.

The Peach Belt was less than a year old before capturing its first of many national championships. The Columbus State golf team took the honor by winning the 1992 national crown, the first of three golf championships the Cougars own. One year later, the Lander men's tennis team began their record-breaking run of eight straight national titles, the first PBC dynasty. Since then, USCA men's golf has won three straight national titles from 2004-06 while AASU women's tennis has captured four titles overall.

The 2010-11 season was one of the most memorable the league has ever had. Clayton State became the first PBC women’s basketball team to capture a national championship. Montevallo watched their men's basketball team reach the Elite Eight, eventually competing in the National Championship Game. Unfortunately, their run came to an end with a loss to Western Washington University. The Columbus State men’s tennis team reached the national semifinals while the Clayton State and Armstrong Atlantic State women’s tennis teams also played in the national semifinals. The North Georgia softball team made an unprecedented third straight appearance in the NCAA Women’s College World Series, while Columbus State’s Meshack Koyiaki registered a runner-up finish at the Men’s Cross Country National Championships. In all, 46 Peach Belt teams made appearances in the NCAA postseason, including seven men’s tennis teams and six each in the sports of men’s golf and women’s tennis.

David Brunk was named the second PBC commissioner in May 2007. Brunk replaced Marvin Vanover, who was the first PBC commissioner from 1991 to 2007. Brunk is charged with continuing the strong growth of the conference as its second era begins.

Dr. Kendall Blanchard, president of Georgia Southwestern State University, began the second of his two-year term as the league president in July 2011.

The conference currently holds championships in 13 sports, six for men and seven for women. They are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s golf.[1]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
East Division
Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah, Georgia 1935 6,728 Pirates           1990
Flagler College St. Augustine, Florida 1968 2,046 Saints           2009
Francis Marion University Florence, South Carolina 1970 4,008 Patriots           1990
Georgia Regents University Augusta, Georgia 2012 6,000 Jaguars           1991
Lander University Greenwood, South Carolina 1872 3,000 Bearcats           1990
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, North Carolina 1887 5,827 Braves           1992
University of South Carolina Aiken Aiken, South Carolina 1961 3,280 Pacers           1990
West Division
Clayton State University Morrow, Georgia 1969 7,145 Lakers           1995
Columbus State University Columbus, Georgia 1958 8,597 Cougars           1990
Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, Georgia 1889 6,041 Bobcats           1990
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, Georgia 1906 3,033 Hurricanes           2006
University of Montevallo Montevallo, Alabama 1896 3,000 Falcons           2009
University of North Georgia Dahlonega, Georgia 2013 15,072 Nighthawks           2005
Young Harris College Young Harris, Georgia 1886 1,120 Mountain Lions           2012

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joins
Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery, Alabama 1967 5,079 Warhawks           unknown
  • Auburn–Montgomery — membership became questionable when the NCAA overturned the acceptance of the school's application on July 26, 2013.

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
Conference
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama 1969 7,100 Chargers           2012 track & field outdoor (M);
track & field outdoor (W)
Gulf South
Nova Southeastern University Davie, Florida 1964 33,135 Sharks           2012 track & field outdoor (M);
track & field outdoor (W)
Sunshine State
Shorter University Rome, Georgia 1873 3,500 Hawks           2012 track & field outdoor (M);
track & field outdoor (W)
Gulf South
  • Provisional member in red.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Georgia 1963 Owls 1994 2005 Atlantic Sun
(NCAA D-I)
University of North Florida Jacksonville, Florida 1969 Ospreys 1997 2005 Atlantic Sun
(NCAA D-I)
University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg, South Carolina 1967 Spartans 1990 2007 Atlantic Sun
(NCAA D-I)

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

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

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
PBC
Sports
Armstrong Atlantic State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Clayton State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Columbus State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Flagler College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Francis Marion Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Georgia College & State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Georgia Regents Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Georgia Southwestern State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lander Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Montevallo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
North Carolina-Pembroke Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
North Georgia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
South Carolina-Aiken Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Young Harris College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 13 14 10 12 10 11 5 75
Affiliate Members
Alabama-Huntsville Green tickY 1
Nova Southeastern Green tickY 1
Shorter Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
PBC
Sports
Armstrong Atlantic State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Clayton State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Columbus State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Flagler College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Francis Marion Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Georgia College & State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Georgia Regents Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Georgia Southwestern State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Lander Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Montevallo Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
North Carolina-Pembroke Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
North Georgia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
South Carolina-Aiken Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Young Harris College Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 14 12 8 12 12 14 6 10 88
Affiliate Members
Alabama-Huntsville Green tickY 1
Nova Southeastern Green tickY 1
Shorter Green tickY 1

Other sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Men Women Co-ed
Football Golf Lacrosse Track
& Field
Indoor
Wrestling Equestrian Golf Lacrosse Soccer Track
& Field
Indoor
Rifle
Clayton State IND IND
Columbus State OVC
Francis Marion IND IND
Georgia College & State IHSA
Georgia Regents IND IND
Lander IHSA
North Carolina-Pembroke IND IND
North Georgia IHSA IND
South Carolina-Aiken IHSA
Young Harris College IND IND
  • – D-I sport

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peach Belt Conference History". Peach Belt Conference. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 

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