SHC to move to Southern States Athletic Conference in 2010-11

Mon, 09/28/2009 (All day)

Sept. 28, 2009

Spring Hill College has accepted an invitation to join the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and will begin competition within its new conference in the 2010-11 academic year.

Spring Hill Athletic Director Jim Hall said, "I think the move to the SSAC will put Spring Hill athletics in a very strong position to achieve our long range goals for Badger athletics. The SSAC is a quality conference with a solid national reputation. I am also pleased that we'll be able to keep many of our traditional rivalries in tact. This is an exciting time for Badger athletics, and I believe this change in conference affiliation will positively impact all of our programs. I look forward to working with the other athletic directors in the SSAC in shaping the future of the conference."

 Along with SHC, four other Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) institutions will make the jump to the SSAC.  Joining SHC will be the University of Mobile, Loyola University in New Orleans, La., William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss.  Truett-McConnell College of Cleveland, Ga., currently an NAIA independent school, will also join the SSAC for the 2010-11 season.

The SSAC is currently an 11-member conference consisting of schools from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.  Membership includes long time SHC rivals Auburn University Montgomery and Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.  Other SSAC members are Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Ga., Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., Shorter College in Rome, Ga., Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Ga., and Southern Wesleyan College in Central, S.C.

Spring Hill's move to the expanded SSAC will also increase championship opportunities in its 13 sports and insure the opportunity for each sport to compete for an automatic qualification to the national tournament.  There will now be enough SSAC teams competing in each sport to award at least one automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament in each event and most team sports will qualify for multiple participants from the conference.

The move to the SSAC ends the 28-year affiliation between Spring Hill College and the GCAC.

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