University of St. Thomas Membership Highlights Upcoming 2019-20 Academic Year

University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The official addition of the University of St. Thomas (Texas) highlights the upcoming 2019-20 academic year in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

St. Thomas became an official member of the league today (July 1), giving the SCAC 10 core members - its highest membership total since 2011-12.

With the addition of baseball as well as men's and women's tennis as varsity sports this upcoming year, St. Thomas will sponsor 12 of the league's 19 officially recognized sports, including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis. UST has already announced plans to add softball and men's and women's track & field for competition slated to begin 2020-21.

The Celts' first-ever SCAC contests will be a Group B volleyball doubleheader on Friday, September 20 against Texas Lutheran and Trinity on the campus of Johnson & Wales (Denver) University.

Additionally, in an announcement made by the NCAA Division III Membership Committee on Thursday, Johnson & Wales successfully completed its first provisional year of NCAA Division III membership. In making the transition from NAIA to NCAA DIII, JWU Denver has now successfully completed its Exploratory Year (2017-18) and first provisional year (2018-19), and, beginning September 1,, the Wildcats will officially begin Year 3 of what is traditionally a five-year process.

In other official business, Steven O'Day of Austin College takes over as chair of the SCAC Presidents Council in 2019-20 and will serve on the Executive Committee along with Christopher Holoman of Centenary College (past-chair) and Danny Anderson of Trinity (future chair). David Norman of Austin College will chair the SCAC Athletic Directors Council in 2019-20.

Here is a complete listing of SCAC Championship dates and sites for the 2019-20 academic year:

2019 SCAC Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships
Saturday, November 2 / hosted by Colorado College / Colorado Springs, Colo.

2019 SCAC Volleyball Championship
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10 / hosted by Texas Lutheran University / Seguin, Texas

2019 SCAC Men’s Soccer Championship
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10 / hosted by Trinity University / San Antonio, Texas

2019 SCAC Women’s Soccer Championship
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10 hosted by Southwestern University / Georgetown , Texas

2020 SCAC Men’s & Women’s Swimming Championships
Wednesday-Saturday, February 12-15 / hosted by participating institutions site – Blossom Athletic Center / Josh Davis Natatorium / San Antonio, Texas

2020 SCAC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships
Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 1 / hosted by Schreiner University / Kerrville, Texas

2020 SCAC E-Sports Showdown
Friday-Saturday, March 27-28 / hosted by Schreiner University / Kerrville, Texas

2020 SCAC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships
Friday-Sunday, April 17-19 / hosted by Trinity University / San Antonio, Texas

2020 SCAC Men’s & Women’s Golf Championships

Monday-Tuesday, April 20-21 / hosted by participating institutions site – Vaaler Creek Golf Club / Blanco, Texas

2020 SCAC Men’s & Women’s Track Championships
Friday-Saturday, April 24-25 / hosted by Trinity University

2020 SCAC Softball Championship
Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 hosted by Schreiner University / Kerrville, Texas

2020 SCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship
Friday and Sunday, April 24 and April 26 / hosted by Colorado College / Colorado Springs, Colo.

2020 SCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Saturday-Sunday April 25-26 / hosted by Southwestern University / Georgetown, Texas

2020 SCAC Baseball Championship
Friday-Sunday, May 1-3 / hosted by participating institutions / site – The Depot at Cleburne Station / Cleburne, Texas

*tentative

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