Centenary College of Louisiana to Join the SCAC

Centenary College of Louisiana to Join the SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. — The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) announced today that Centenary College of Louisiana has accepted an invitation to join the Conference. Currently a member of the American Southwest Conference, Centenary will join the SCAC at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year.

“This is a great day for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference,” said Austin College president Marjorie Hass, who currently serves as the chair of the SCAC Board of Directors. “Centenary College brings a strong academic profile, grounded in the liberal arts, and a broad-based athletics philosophy that aligns perfectly with the current membership. We look forward to many years of spirited athletics competition and student-athlete development with our new partner.”

Centenary, currently in its second year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III, became just the second athletics program in the last quarter century to move from NCAA Division I to Division III. Current SCAC member Birmingham-Southern College is competing in its first season as an active member of Division III after making its own move from Division I prior to the 2006-07 academic year.

“The move to SCAC is about optimizing the experience of our student-athletes,” said Centenary College president David Rowe. “One of the great advantages of the move is the ability of our athletes to compete in post-season play next year and be immediately eligible for conference awards and records. This is something not available to us in our current conference because of our reclassifying status.”

Centenary College will become the sixth member of the SCAC in 2012-13 as it joins fellow Associated Colleges of the South institutions Trinity University and Southwestern University as well as Austin College, Colorado College and the University of Dallas.

“We are thrilled to welcome Centenary College into the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference family,” said SCAC commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “As we look to the future, the conference’s primary focus is to build a strong NCAA Division III conference that reflects the high academic and athletic goals and standards that has made the SCAC one of the preeminent Division III conferences in the nation. The addition of Centenary is an important first step in that process.”

“Our focus is always on providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes in line with the mission of the college,” said Dr. Will Broussard, Director of Athletics at Centenary. “We’ve seen conference shake-ups throughout the NCAA recently, and this phenomenon has included Division III schools in the South. Many colleges and universities are examining conference re-affiliation as a way of supporting shifting priorities. Athletics in the SCAC will be the perfect complement to the overall cultural, educational, and competitive experience students receive here at Centenary.”

Founded in 1825, Centenary College of Louisiana is the 43rd oldest college or university in the nation. It is the oldest chartered liberal arts college in the United States west of the Mississippi River. Centenary’s men’s athletic teams are nicknamed “Gents” while the women’s programs are nicknamed “Ladies.” Both teams wear school colors of maroon and white, and the athletics mascot is Skeeter, a Catahoula dog.

Centenary sponsors 17 intercollegiate varsity programs, 16 of which are sponsored by the SCAC including: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball.