USA South Athletic Conference

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USA South Athletic Conference
USA South Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Members18 (19 in 2021, back to 18 in 2022)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 9
Former namesDixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Dixie Conference
HeadquartersFayetteville, North Carolina
CommissionerDr. Tom Hart
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, Alabama, and Kentucky.


The Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was founded in 1963 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with the philosophy that participation would be strictly amateur, so no athletic financial aid or scholarships would be awarded by its affiliate institutions. The six charter members were Charlotte College, College of Charleston, Methodist College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and Lynchburg College.[1] In 1973, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association divided into a three-division format, the Dixie Conference left the NAIA and moved into the non-scholarship NCAA Division III.[1]

On June 30, 2003, the conference changed to its name to the USA South Athletic Conference.[2]

During the 2010–11 school year, changes to the membership of the USA South were announced. Three colleges announced plans to join the USA South Conference beginning in the 2012–13 season while one will depart the league. Piedmont College,[3] LaGrange College [4] 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 left 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 would leave the Great South Athletic Conference and join the USA South beginning in the 2016–17 school year.[5] The conference announced the future arrival of three more schools during the 2015–16 school year. First, it announced on December 9, 2015 that Brevard College, transitioning from the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference to Division III, would join for 2017–18 and beyond.[6] Then, on May 4, 2016, two more incoming members were announced: Berea College, nearing completion of a transition from the NAIA to Division III, and Pfeiffer University, transitioning from the Division II Conference Carolinas to Division III. Both joined in 2017–18 as well.[7]

On June 27, 2017, Ferrum College, a conference member since 1988, announced that it would leave for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference after the 2017–18 school year.[8]

On December 11, 2019, the USA South announced the addition of Southern Virginia University who will join in the 2021–22 academic year.[9]

The most recent change to the USA South membership was revealed on March 8, 2021 when Averett University announced its intention to leave the USA South and join Ferrum College in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as a full member in 2022.[10]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
Agnes Scott College Decatur, Georgia Scotties 1889 Private/Presbyterian 914 2016
Averett University^ Danville, Virginia Cougars 1859 Private/Non-sectarian 2,719 1978
Berea College Berea, Kentucky Mountaineers 1855 Private/Christian (unaffiliated) 1,613 2017
Brevard College^ Brevard, North Carolina Tornados 1853 Private/Methodist 708 2017
Covenant College Lookout Mountain, Georgia Scots (men's)
Lady Scots (women's)
1955 Private/Presbyterian 1,282 2013
Greensboro College^ Greensboro, North Carolina Pride 1838 Private/Methodist 1,233 1966
Huntingdon College^ Montgomery, Alabama Hawks 1854 Private/Methodist 900 2013
LaGrange College^ LaGrange, Georgia Panthers 1831 Private/Methodist 1,137 2012
Mary Baldwin University Staunton, Virginia Fighting Squirrels 1842 Private/Presbyterian 2,242 2007
Maryville College^ Maryville, Tennessee Fighting Scots 1819 Private/Presbyterian 1,103 2012
Meredith College Raleigh, North Carolina Avenging Angels 1891 Private/Non-sectarian 1,990 2007
Methodist University^ Fayetteville, North Carolina Monarchs 1956 Private/Methodist 2,215 1963
North Carolina Wesleyan College^ Rocky Mount, North Carolina Battling Bishops 1956 Private/Methodist 900 1963
Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, North Carolina Falcons 1885 Private/Methodist 1,200 2017
Piedmont University Demorest, Georgia Lions 1897 Private/Congregationalist 2,640 2012
Salem College Winston-Salem, North Carolina Spirits 1772 Private/Moravian 565 2016
Wesleyan College Macon, Georgia Wolves 1836 Private/Methodist 550 2016
William Peace University Raleigh, North Carolina Pacers 1857 Private/Presbyterian 950 2003

† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.
^ - Football-playing member

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joining
Southern Virginia University^ Buena Vista, Virginia Knights 1867 Private/LDS Church 1,106 2021

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current conference
Chowan University Murfreesboro, North Carolina Hawks 1848 Private 1260 2000 2004 Conference Carolinas
(NCAA Division II)
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia Captains 1960 Public 4,793 1972 2013 C2C
College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina Cougars 1770 Public 11,320 1963 1970 CAA
(NCAA Division I)
Ferrum College Ferrum, Virginia Panthers 1913 Private/Methodist 1,100 1988 2018 ODAC
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

Membership timeline[edit]

Southern Virginia UniversityPfeiffer UniversityBrevard CollegeBerea CollegeWesleyan CollegeSalem CollegeHuntingdon CollegeCovenant CollegePiedmont CollegeMaryville CollegeLaGrange CollegeAgnes Scott CollegeMeredith CollegeMary Baldwin CollegeWilliam Peace UniversityChowan UniversityShenandoah UniversityFerrum CollegeAverett UniversityChristopher Newport UniversityVirginia Wesleyan CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro CollegeNorth Carolina Wesleyan CollegeSt. Andrews University (North Carolina)Methodist UniversityLynchburg CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCollege of Charleston


The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
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Cross Country
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Track and field (outdoor)
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Conference facilities[edit]

Future member Southern Virginia in gray.

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Agnes Scott Non-football school -- Woodruff Athletic Complex --
Averett Cougars Den 5,000 Grant Center 2,500
Berea Non-football school -- Seabury Center Arena 2,000
Brevard Brevard Memorial Stadium 5,000 Boshamer Gymnasium 1,000
Covenant Non-football school -- Barnes Physical Education Center 650
Greensboro Jamieson Stadium 10,000 Hanes Gymnasium 850
Huntingdon Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium 2,500 Catherine Dixon Roland Arena 976
LaGrange Callaway Stadium 5,000 Mariotti Gymnasium 500
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[11] 5,000 Everett Gymnasium 800
Pfeiffer Non-football school -- Merner Gymnasium 1,500
Piedmont Non-football school -- Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Cave Arena[12] 1500
Salem Non-football school -- Spirit Center --
Southern Virginia Knight Stadium 1,000 Knight Arena 525
Wesleyan Non-football school -- Porter Gymnasium --
William Peace Non-football school -- Hermann Center 1,000


  1. ^ a b 2007 Football Media Guide (PDF), USA South Athletic Conference, archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2008, retrieved April 28, 2008
  2. ^ "Dixie Conference Chooses New Name", Greensboro News Record, pp. C1, February 3, 2003
  3. ^ McCormack, Timmy (April 11, 2011). "Piedmont College Announces Plan To Join USA South Athletic Conference". Piedmont College Athletics. Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "LaGrange College accepts invitation to join USA South Athletic Conference". LaGrange Panthers. April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Agnes Scott, Salem and Wesleyan Set to Join USA South". May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Brevard College Set to Join USA South" (Press release). USA South Athletic Conference. December 9, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Berea College and Pfeiffer University Set to Join USA South" (Press release). USA South Athletic Conference. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "ODAC Membership Set to Expand with Inclusion of Ferrum College" (Press release). Old Dominion Athletic Conference. June 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Southern Virginia Set to Join USA South" (Press release). Southern Virginia University Athletics. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Averett University to Join the ODAC as a Full-Time Member". ODAC. March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Bishops to Return to Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium". NC Wesleyan Battling Bishops. July 31, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "Johnny Mize Athletic Center with Video". Piedmont Lions. Piedmont College. Retrieved April 12, 2014.

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