A New Conference for Northwood University

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Knights join Sooner Athletic Conference along with two other Texas schools

CEDAR HILL, Texas–The Sooner Athletic Conference has added Northwood University along with two other Texas universities to its membership today, bringing in its second, third and fourth new members in less than a week.

Texas Wesleyan University and Southwestern Assemblies of God University joined Northwood in accepting the league’s invitation Monday and will begin competing in 2013-14.

“These are exciting times in the conference,” said SAC Commissioner John Hudson. “Expansion into the Metroplex area is great for the Sooner Athletic Conference and brings Northwood, Texas Wesleyan and Southwestern Assemblies into what we believe is one of the premier leagues in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).”

The three join Southwestern Christian, located in Bethany, Okla., as new members for 2013-14 and brings next year’s membership count to 11.

“We’re excited about moving to the Sooner,” said Dr. Kevin Fegan, President of Northwood Texas.  “We will be taking our traditional rivalries with Texas Wesleyan and SAGU with us, and I’m sure we will also continue to maintain rivalries we have enjoyed over the years with many of our other friends in the Red River Athletic Conference.”

Located in Cedar Hill, Texas, Northwood competes in baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and cross country, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s soccer.  Fegan added that the university is considering bringing competitive cheer as a club sport to the campus in 2013-2014.

The Sooner Athletic Conference was founded in 1978.  Current members are Oklahoma Baptist University, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, John Brown University, Oklahoma City University, Wayland Baptist University, St. Gregory’s University, and Mid-America Christian University.

The Sooner Athletic Conference has had a proud heritage in the NAIA. In men’s basketball, a SAC team has played for the national championship 15 times and has been in the finals in 14 of the last 19 seasons with a total of nine NAIA championships. In women’s basketball, SAC members have won the national title 10 times.

But basketball is just the tip of the iceberg of success in the SAC.  In track, the SAC has won seven men’s national titles and five women’s NAIA crowns.

The SAC has been well represented in the NAIA Baseball World Series and has one national championship, while the league has an impressive 153-66 record in the NAIA Softball Tournament, including eight national championships.

There also are eight men’s national golf titles, five women’s golf titles and five men’s and women’s tennis national championships in the SAC’s trophy case.

Each year the national championships bear out what the member institutions believe: the Sooner Athletic Conference is simply the best small college conference in America.  Contact Jack Allday, Northwood Athletic Director, at jallday@northwood.edu or at 972.293.5478 for more information.

ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.