South Atlantic Conference

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South Atlantic Conference
South Atlantic Conference logo
Established 1975
Association NCAA
Division Division II
Members 12
Sports fielded 18 (men's: 9; women's: 9)
Region Southeastern United States
Headquarters Rock Hill, South Carolina
Commissioner Patrick Britz (since 2008)
South Atlantic Conference locations

The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the southeastern United States. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. The SAC was founded in 1975 as a football-only conference and became an all-sports conference beginning with the 1989–90 season.

The league currently sponsors nine sports for men (football, cross country, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, tennis and golf) and nine sports for women (volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, softball, tennis and golf).

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Year Joined Nickname
Anderson University Anderson, South Carolina 1911 Private 2,900 2010 Trojans
Brevard College Brevard, North Carolina 1934 Private 700 2008 Tornados
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City, Tennessee 1851 Private 2,115 19751 Eagles
Catawba College Salisbury, North Carolina 1851 Private 1,300 19751 Indians
Coker College Hartsville, South Carolina 1908 Private 1,000 2013 Cobras
Lenoir–Rhyne University Hickory, North Carolina 1891 Private 1,800 19751 Bears
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee 1897 Private 2,579 2006 Railsplitters
Mars Hill University Mars Hill, North Carolina 1856 Private 1,300 19751 Lions
Newberry College2 Newberry, South Carolina 1856 Private 930 1975 Wolves
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1857 Private 2,100 2013 Royals
Tusculum College Tusculum, Tennessee 1794 Private 2,053 1998 Pioneers
Wingate University Wingate, North Carolina 1896 Private 2,300 19881 Bulldogs
  1. - Charter member of the SAC all-sports membership era.
  2. - Newberry left the SAC following the 1988–89 season (as a football member), only to re-join back in the 1996–97 season with full all-sports membership.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left New Conference Current Conference
Elon University Elon, North Carolina 1889 Private 6,720 Phoenix 19751 1997 Big South SoCon
(CAA in 2014)
Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905 Private 4,300 Runnin' Bulldogs 19751 2000 Atlantic Sun (A-Sun) Big South
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private 1,300 Blue Hose 19751 2007 NCAA D-I Independent Big South
  1. - Charter member of the SAC football membership era since 1975-76; and the SAC all-sports membership era since 1989-90.

Membership timeline[edit]

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

Conference stadia and arenas[edit]

School Football[1] Basketball[2]
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Anderson Trojans non-football --- Abney Athletic Center 1,500
Brevard Tornados Brevard Memorial Stadium (Brevard HS) 5,000 Boshamer Gymnasium 1,000
Carson–Newman Eagles Roy Harmon Field at Burke–Tarr Stadium 5,500 Holt Fieldhouse 2,000
Catawba Indians Shuford Stadium 4,500 Goodman Gym 3,500
Coker Cobras non-football --- Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium 700
Lenoir–Rhyne Bears Moretz Stadium 8,500 Shuford Memorial Gymnasium 2,770
Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters non-football --- Tex Turner Arena 5,000
Mars Hill Lions Meares Stadium 5,000 Stanford Arena 2,800
Newberry Wolves Setzler Field 4,000 Eleazer Arena 1,600
Queens Royals non-football --- Curry Arena 2,500
Tusculum Pioneers Pioneer Field 3,500 Pioneer Arena 2,500
Wingate Bulldogs Irwin Belk Stadium 3,000 Cuddy Arena 2,300


  1. ^ 2007 South Atlantic Conference Football Guide
  2. ^ 2007 South Atlantic Conference Basketball Guide

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