Sooner Athletic Conference

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Sooner Athletic Conference
(SAC)
Sooner Athletic Conference logo
Established 1978
Association NAIA
Division Division I
Members 10
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region South Central United States
Region VI of the NAIA
Headquarters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Website soonerathletic.org
Locations
Sooner Athletic Conference locations

The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Its 10 member institutions are located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The conference has a rich basketball tradition. Member schools have won the men's NAIA tournament 10 times. Member Oklahoma Baptist won in 1966, before the formation of the SAC, and in 2010, Oklahoma City won in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2007, and 2008, USAO won in 2002 and John Brown in 2005.[1] Member schools have won the women's NAIA tournament 12 times. Southern Nazarene has won 7 times, in 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, and 2004, and Oklahoma City has won 5 times, in 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Member schools[edit]


Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
John Brown University Siloam Springs, Arkansas 1919 2,078 Golden Eagles 1980;
1995
Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1953 764 Evangels 2007
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1910 1,700 Bison 1978
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1904 3,688 Stars 1986
St. Gregory's University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1875 500 Cavaliers 1999
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, Oklahoma 1908 1,400 Drovers 1978;
2000
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas 1927 2,013 Lions 2013
Southwestern Christian University Bethany, Oklahoma 1946 673 Eagles 2013
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 3,378 Rams 2013
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas 1908 1,124 Pioneers 1994
  • John Brown — left the SAC in 1983, and re-joined in 1995.
  • Oklahoma Baptist — will join the NCAA D-II Great American Conference in 2015.[2]
  • USAO — left the SAC in 1994, and re-joined in 2000.

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joins
Bacone College Muskogee, Oklahoma 1880 1,000 Warriors 2015

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, Texas 1957 Chaparrals 1994 2013 Heartland
(NCAA D-II)
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma 1897 Rangers 2002 2012 Great American
(NCAA D-II)
Northwood University Cedar Hill, Texas 1966 Knights 2013 2014 Dropped sports
Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 Eagles 1978 2012 Heartland
(NCAA D-II)
Phillips University Enid, Oklahoma 1906 Haymakers 1978 1998 Closed in 1998
Rogers State University Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 Hillcats 2007 2013 Heartland
(NCAA D-II)
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 Crimson Storm 1978 2012 Great American
(NCAA D-II)

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (non-football) 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAIA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL". The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  2. ^ "NCAA admits Oklahoma Baptist into membership process". Tulsa World. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bacone to join SAC in 2015". Sooner Athletic Conference. October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 

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