USA South Athletic Conference

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USA South Athletic Conference
USA South Athletic Conference logo
Established 1963
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 13
Sports fielded 14 (men's: 7; women's: 7)
Region South Atlantic
Former names Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Dixie Conference
Headquarters Fayetteville, North Carolina
Commissioner Rita Wiggs
USA South Athletic Conference locations

The USA South Athletic Conference (formerly the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or the Dixie Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. Member schools are located in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

Member teams compete in women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball and men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and tennis.

Member schools[edit]

During the 2010-2011 season, changes to the membership of the USA South were announced. Three colleges announced plans to join the USA South Conference beginning in the 2012-2013 season while one will depart the league. Piedmont College,[1] LaGrange College [2] and Maryville College joined the Great South Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012.

Shenandoah University left the USA South on July 1, 2012, to become a full member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, a league in which it held associate membership in several sports.

Christopher Newport University will leave the USA South after the 2012-2013 season to join the Capital Athletic Conference in all sports except for football which will remain a USA South affiliate member through the 2015 season.

On May 10, 2012, Covenant College and Huntingdon College announced plans to leave the Great South and join USA South Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-2014 season.

On May 6, 2015, the USA South announced that Agnes Scott College, Salem College, and Wesleyan College will be leaving the Great South Athletic Conference and joining the USA South beginning in the 2016-2017 season.[3]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Averett University Danville, Virginia Cougars 1859 Private/Non-sectarian 2,719 1978
Covenant College^ Lookout Mountain, Georgia Scots (men's)
Lady Scots (women's)
1955 Private/Presbyterian 1282 2013
Ferrum College Ferrum, Virginia Panthers 1913 Private/Methodist 1100 1988
Greensboro College Greensboro, North Carolina Pride 1838 Private/Methodist 1233 1966
Huntingdon College Montgomery, Alabama Hawks 1854 Private/Methodist 900 2013
LaGrange College LaGrange, Georgia Panthers 1831 Private/Methodist 1137 2012
Mary Baldwin College†^ Staunton, Virginia Fighting Squirrels 1842 Private/Presbyterian 2242 2007
Maryville College Maryville, Tennessee Scots 1819 Private/Presbyterian 1103 2012
Meredith College†^ Raleigh, North Carolina Avenging Angels 1891 Private/Non-sectarian 1990 2007
Methodist University Fayetteville, North Carolina Monarchs 1956 Private/Methodist 2215 1963
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, North Carolina Battling Bishops 1956 Private/Methodist 900 1963
Piedmont College^ Demorest, Georgia Lions 1897 Private/Congregationalist 2640 2012
William Peace University‡^ Raleigh, North Carolina Pacers 1857 Private/Presbyterian 950 2003

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.
‡ - William Peace, formerly known as Peace College, began admitting men for the Fall 2012 semester and is currently sponsoring men's sports.
^ - Non-football member

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Primary Conference USA South Sport
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia Captains 1960 Public 4,793 2013-14 CAC football

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joining Present Conference
Agnes Scott College Decatur, Georgia Scotties 1889 Private/Presbyterian 914 2016-17 GSAC
Salem College Winston-Salem, North Carolina Spirits 1772 Private/Moravian 565 2016-17 GSAC
Wesleyan College Macon, Georgia Wolves 1836 Private/Methodist 550 2016-17 GSAC

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Chowan University Murfreesboro, North Carolina Hawks 1848 Private 1260 2000 2004 CIAA
(NCAA Division II)
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia Captains 1960 Public 4,793 1972 2013 Capital
College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina Cougars 1770 Private 11,320 1963 1970 CAA
(NCAA Division I)
Lynchburg College Lynchburg, Virginia Fighting Hornets 1903 Private 2500 1963 1976 ODAC
Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia Hornets 1875 Private 1767 1992 2012 ODAC
St. Andrews Presbyterian University Laurinburg, North Carolina Knights 1958 Private 600 1963 1988 AAC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 49ers 1961 Public 25,227 1963 1970 C-USA
(NCAA Division I)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina Spartans 1891 Public 18,502 1968 1988 SoCon
(NCAA Division I)
Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk, Virginia Marlins 1961 Private 1446 1970 1989 ODAC

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Primary
USA South Sport
Agnes Scott College Decatur, Georgia Scottish Terriers 1889 Private 998 2009-10 2013-14 GSAC women's lacrosse

Membership timeline[edit]

Huntingdon College Covenant College Piedmont College Maryville College LaGrange College Agnes Scott College Meredith College Mary Baldwin College William Peace University Chowan University Shenandoah University Ferrum College Averett University Christopher Newport University Virginia Wesleyan College University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro College North Carolina Wesleyan College St. Andrews University (North Carolina) Methodist University Lynchburg College University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Charleston

Conference facilities[edit]

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Averett Cougars Den 5,000 Grant Center 2,500
Ferrum W. B. Adams Stadium 5,500 Swartz Gymnasium 1,200
Greensboro Jamieson Stadium 10,000 Hanes Gymnasium 850
Huntingdon Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium 2500 Catherine Dixon Roland Arena 976
Maryville Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium 3,000 Boydson-Baird Gymnasium 2,000
Mary Baldwin Non-football school -- MBC Physical Activities Center --
Meredith Non-football school -- Weatherspoon Gymnasium 500
Methodist Monarch Field 1,500 March F. Riddle Center 1,200
North Carolina Wesleyan Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium[4] 5,000 Everett Gymnasium 800
Piedmont College Non-football school -- Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Cave Arena[5] 1500
William Peace Non-football school -- Hermann Center 1,000


  1. ^ McCormack, Timmy (11 April 2011). "Piedmont College Announces Plan To Join USA South Athletic Conference". Piedmont College Athletics. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "LaGrange College accepts invitation to join USA South Athletic Conference". LaGrange Panthers. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Agnes Scott, Salem and Wesleyan Set to Join USA South". 6 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Johnny Mize Athletic Center with Video". Piedmont Lions. Piedmont College. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 

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