TranSouth Athletic Conference
Sports fielded13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
RegionSoutheastern United States
Region XI of the NAIA
CommissionerCharlie Smith

The TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) was a college athletic conference for smaller colleges and universities located in the Southern United States. It is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in that organization's Region XI.

On August 9, 2012 it was announced that Mid-Continent University had accepted an invitation to join the American Midwest Conference, starting with the 2013-14 season.[1] Later, Bethel, Blue Mountain, and Martin Methodist were announced to be moving to the Southern States Athletic Conference starting with the 2013-14 season.[2]

Member schools[edit | edit source]

Final members[edit | edit source]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
Bethel University** McKenzie, Tennessee 1842 Private/Cumberland Presbyterian 2,975 Wildcats 1996,
Blue Mountain College** Blue Mountain, Mississippi 1873 Private/Mississippi Baptist 505 Toppers 1996
Freed–Hardeman University* Henderson, Tennessee 1869 Private/Churches of Christ 2,027 Lions 1996
Life University*** Marietta, Georgia 1974 Private 3,100 Running Eagles 2012
Martin Methodist College** Pulaski, Tennessee 1870 Private/United Methodist Church 1,001 Red Hawks 1996
Mid-Continent University* Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Private/Baptist 1,823 Cougars 2006

1 - Bethel left the TSAC after the 1998-99 season and re-joined back in the 2006-07 season.
* - Joined the American Midwest Conference (AMC) starting the 2013-14 season.
** - Joined the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) starting the 2013-14 season.
*** - Became an NAIA Independent

Former members[edit | edit source]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia 1902 Private 1,937 Vikings 1996 2004 SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, Alabama 1856 Private 1,400 Panthers 1996 2001 SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Cumberland University Lebanon, Tennessee 1842 Private 1,500 Bulldogs 2002 2012 Mid-South
Lambuth University Jackson, Tennessee 1843 Private 800 Eagles 2006 2009 Closed in 2011
Lipscomb University Nashville, Tennessee 1891 Private 4,278 Bisons 1996 2001 Atlantic Sun (A-Sun)
(NCAA Division I)
Lee University Cleveland, Tennessee 1918 Private 4,954 Flames 1996 2004 Gulf South (GSC)
(NCAA Division II)
Lyon College Batesville, Arkansas 1872 Private 600 Scots 1997 2012 American Midwest
Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, Tennessee 1901 Private 2,345 Trojans 1996 2012 G-MAC
(NCAA Division II)
Union University Jackson, Tennessee 1823 Private 4,259 Bulldogs 1996 2012 Gulf South (GSC)
(NCAA Division II)
Victory University
(formerly known as Crichton College)
Memphis, Tennessee 1941 Private 1,970 Eagles 2005 2009 Closed in 2014
Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 1941 Private 700 Eagles 1996 2001 American Midwest

Membership timeline[edit | edit source]

Life UniversityMid-Continent UniversityLambuth UniversityVictory UniversityCumberland UniversityLyon CollegeWilliams Baptist CollegeUnion UniversityTrevecca Nazarene UniversityMartin Methodist CollegeLee UniversityLipscomb UniversityFreed–Hardeman UniversityBlue Mountain CollegeBirmingham–Southern CollegeBethel University (Tennessee)Berry College

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Men's sponsored sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women's sports sponsored are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mid-Continent Accepts Invitation to American Midwest Conference". Mid-Continent University. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. "SSAC Announces Bethel, Blue Mountain, and Martin Methodist as Newest Members". Southern States Athletic Conference. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.

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