Announced June 2012, Queens University of Charlotte will officially enter the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). There was a unanimous vote by the council to approve Queens application for membership. Along with Coker College, Queens will be taking this enormous step for the 2013-2014 school year, effective July 2013.
This will be the conference’s first expansion since Anderson University joined in 2010. Within the SAC, Queens becomes the league’s sixth member from North Carolina. Queens will participate in all SAC sports except baseball and football.The addition of Coker and Queens will increase the of SAC schools to a total of 12.
U.S. News and World Report recognized Coker as No. 18 in its 2012 Regional College South Rankings and Queens as No. 21 in its 2012 Regional University South Rankings.
The vision statement of the SAC states that “the South Atlantic Conference aspires to be the premier NCAA Division II athletic conference in the country; a conference where a high priority of each member institution is a balance between athletics and the overall academic, spiritual, social and physical development of each student-athlete to provide these individuals with skills for future success.”
“Aligning with the South Atlantic Conference will position Queens to continue strengthening our athletic programs and enhancing the experience for our student-athletes,” said President Pamela Davies. “We are excited to give our student-athletes opportunities to compete at the highest level and look forward to an exciting future as a SAC member.”
Men’s and women’s head tennis coach, Brett Karpman, said, “I’m very excited to be entering this new conference. I believe it will give our team a lot of new experiences and challenges to look forward to.”
The SAC schools will now include Queens University of Charlotte, Coker College, Anderson University, Brevard College, Carson-Newman College, Catawba College, Lenior-Rhyne University, Lincoln Memorial University, Mars Hill College, Newberry College, Tusculum College and Wingate University.