Schreiner to join SCAC

At 10-7, Schreiner is having its best men's basketball season in years and is 2-1 against future conference foes.
Schreiner athletics photo by Aaron Yates

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference  announced that Schreiner has accepted an invitation to join the conference.

A member of the American Southwest Conference since 1998, Schreiner will join the SCAC at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year and become the seventh member of the conference. The league loses half of its membership after this season, with schools splitting off to form the Southern Athletic Association.

“We are pleased that Schreiner University has elected to join the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference,” said Austin College president Marjorie Hass, who currently serves as the chair of the SCAC board of directors. “Schreiner represents another fine institution that has worked hard to find balance for its solid academic program and competitive NCAA Division III athletics program. We are all impressed with the commitment Schreiner has displayed in the review process and anticipate many competitive games and matches in the years to come with our new conference partner.”

The acceptance of membership by Schreiner ensures that the SCAC will continue to be recognized as an active conference by the NCAA when the league’s two-year grace period expires prior to the 2014-15 academic year. The NCAA requires that a conference have seven core members who are active Division III institutions to be considered a conference in good standing.

"This is an important step for Schreiner University, both academically and athletically,” said Schreiner president Tim Summerlin. “The SCAC is a highly respected conference, and for very good reasons. That these institutions have unanimously endorsed an invitation to join the SCAC means much to us. We believe that it signifies a recognition that Schreiner is making great progress in its goal of being a premier place of learning as well as becoming increasingly competitive in its 13 intercollegiate athletic programs. We are honored by the invitation."

Schreiner will be the seventh member of the SCAC in 2013-14 as it joins Austin, Centenary (La.), Colorado College, University of Dallas, Southwestern and Trinity (Texas).

“I am delighted with the presidents’ affirmative response to the membership application of Schreiner University,” said SCAC commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “In the ever-changing membership of Division III in general, we recognize the importance of conference affiliation and associating our institutions with schools of similar academic and athletic philosophies. With Schreiner, we will gain an institution that fits our conference concept.”

"We feel very pleased and fortunate to have been invited into the SCAC," says Ron Macosko, Schreiner's athletic director. "In the fall of 2013, we will align ourselves with some of the top teaching institutions and athletic programs in the country. Although Schreiner is young as a university, it has made great strides in recent years, in terms of enrollment growth, facilities expansion and academic quality. We are committed to broad-based programs and recognize that academic success is the first priority for our student-athletes. We are pleased that the SCAC leadership saw these commitments when they made their decision to invite us."