Sooner Athletic Conference

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Sooner Athletic Conference
Sooner Athletic Conference logo
Established 1978
Association NAIA
Division Division I
Members 11
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region South Central United States
Region VI of the NAIA
Headquarters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sooner Athletic Conference locations

The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Its 12 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 Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
John Brown University Siloam Springs, Arkansas 1919 Private/Christian 2,078 Golden Eagles 1980[2]
Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1953 Private/Church of God 764 Evangels 2007[2]
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1910 Private/Southern Baptist 1,700 Bison 1978[2]
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1904 Private/United Methodist 3,688 Stars 1986[2]
St. Gregory's University Shawnee, Oklahoma 1875 Private/Roman Catholic 500 Cavaliers 1999[2]
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, Oklahoma 1908 Public 1,400 Drovers 1978[2]
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas 1908 Private/Southern Baptist 1,124 Pioneers 1994[2]
Northwood University (Texas Campus) Cedar Hill, Texas 1966 Private 1,500 Knights 2013
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas 1927 Private/Assemblies of God USA 2,013 Lions 2013
Southwestern Christian University Bethany, Oklahoma 1946 Private/Christian 673 Eagles 2013
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Private/United Methodist Church 3,378 Rams 2013

1 - John Brown left the SAC after the 1982-83 season and re-joined back in the 1995-96 season.
2 - USAO left the SAC after the 1993-94 season and re-joined back in the 2000-01 season.

Former members[edit]

Institution Membership Type Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Full Member Alva, Oklahoma 1897 Public 2,233 Rangers 2002 2012 Great American
(NCAA Division II)
Oklahoma Christian University Charter Member Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1950 Private 2,194 Eagles 1978 2012 Heartland
(NCAA Division II)
Phillips University Charter Member Enid, Oklahoma 1906 Private ? Haymakers 1978 1998 ceased operations in 1998
Southern Nazarene University Charter Member Bethany, Oklahoma 1899 Private 2,110 Crimson Storm 1978 2012 Great American
(NCAA Division II)
Lubbock Christian University Full Member Lubbock, Texas 1957 Private/Church of Christ 2,100 Chaparrals 1994 2013 Heartland
(NCAA Division II)
Rogers State University Full Member Claremore, Oklahoma 1909 Public 4,227 Hillcats 2007 2013 Heartland
(NCAA Division II)

Membership timeline[edit]

Southwestern Assemblies of God University Northwood University Texas Wesleyan University Southwestern Christian University Rogers State University Mid-America Christian University Northwestern Oklahoma State University St. Gregory's University Wayland Baptist University Lubbock Christian University Oklahoma City University John Brown University University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Southern Nazarene University Phillips University Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma Baptist University


  1. ^ "NAIA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL". The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g [1] "History of the SAC".NAIA ( 2-4-2010.

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