Southern States Athletic Conference

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Southern States Athletic Conference
Southern States Athletic Conference logo
Established 1999
Association NAIA
Division Division I
Members 14
Sports fielded 13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
Region Southeastern United States
Region XIII of the NAIA
Former names Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference (1999–2005)
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Commissioner Kurt Patberg
Southern States Athletic Conference locations

The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. The 14 member universities compete in 13 sports in the NAIA. Basketball teams compete in Division I of the NAIA.


The Southern States Athletic Conference was established as the Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference was March 16, 1999. On June 27, 2005, the conference changed its name to the Southern States Athletic Conference.[1]


The SSAC holds championships in the following 13 sports:

  • Men: cross-country, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, and tennis.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
Auburn University at Montgomery*
Montgomery, Alabama 1967 Public (Auburn University) 5,275 Warhawks 1999
Belhaven University**[2] Jackson, Mississippi 1883 Private (Presbyterian) 1,428 Blazers 2010
Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Private (Cumberland Presbyterian) 2,975 Wildcats 2013
Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, Mississippi 1873 Private (Mississippi Baptist) 505 Toppers 2013
Brenau University Gainesville, Georgia 1878 Private 2,000 Golden Tigers 1999
Brewton–Parker College Mount Vernon, Georgia 1904 Private (Southern Baptist) 1,050 Barons 1999
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, Georgia 1961 Public (University System of Georgia) 3,438 Mariners 2012
Dalton State College Dalton, Georgia 1963 Public (University System of Georgia) 5,047 Roadrunners 2014
Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama 1942 Private (Churches of Christ) 3,703 Eagles 1999
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana 1904 Private (Catholic, Jesuit) 4,858 Wolfpack 2010
Martin Methodist College Pulaski, Tennessee 1870 Private (Methodist) 1,001 Red Hawks 2013
Middle Georgia State College Cochran, Georgia 2013 Public (University System of Georgia) 8,150 Knights 2014
University of Mobile Mobile, Alabama 1961 Private (Southern Baptist) 1,577 Rams 2010
William Carey University Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1906 Private (Southern Baptist) 3,250 Crusaders 2010

† - Brenau University participates in women's sports only
* - Schools removed that will be departing the conference to join NCAA Division II:
** - Belhaven will join the American Southwest Conference in 2015.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Membership
Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia Full Member 1902 Private 1,937 Vikings 2004 2010 Southern (SAA)
NCAA Division III
Columbia College Columbia, South Carolina Full Member 1854 Private 1,500 Fighting Koalas 2005 2011 Appalachian (AAC)
NAIA Division II
Emmanuel College Franklin Springs, Georgia Charter Member 1919 Private (Pentecostal) 900 Lions 1999 2014 Conference Carolinas
NCAA Division II
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, Georgia Charter Member 1906 Public 3,037 Hurricanes 1999 2006 Peach Belt (PBC)
NCAA Division II
Lee University Cleveland, Tennessee Full Member 1918 Private (Church of God) 4,012 Flames 2004 2013 Gulf South (GSC)
NCAA Division II
University of North Georgia1 Dahlonega, Georgia Charter Member 1873 Public 6,000 Nighthawks1 1999 2004 Peach Belt (PBC)
NCAA Division II
Reinhardt University Waleska, Georgia Charter Member 1883 Private 1,057 Eagles 1999 2008 Appalachian (AAC)
NAIA Division II
Shorter University Rome, Georgia Charter Member 1873 Private 3,496 Hawks 1999 2012 Gulf South (GSC)
NCAA Division II
Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, Georgia Charter Member 1948 Public (University System of Georgia) 4,800 Runnin' Hornets 1999 2014 n/a (consolidating into Kennesaw State University)
Southern Wesleyan University Central, South Carolina Charter Member 1906 Private (Wesleyan) 2,700 Warriors 1999 2014 Conference Carolinas
NCAA Division II
Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama Full Member 1830 Private (Catholic) 1,756 Badgers 2010 2014 SIAC
NCAA Division II
Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, Georgia Full Member 1946 Private (Southern Baptist) 409 Bears 2010 2013 Appalachian (AAC)
NAIA Division II

† - Columbia College participated only in women's sports

  1. - Formerly known as North Georgia College & State University, whose nickname was the Saints

Membership timeline[edit]

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