NCCAA adds dozen new members
All 12 colleges eligible to compete this year
Central Region now has 14 schools; NCCAA has 114
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association heralded the addition of twelve institutions, effective for the 2012-2013 season.
The organization’s announcement, made from their headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, stated that several of the colleges have been members in the past and are rejoining. Other schools are brand new adherents.
The NCCAA’s adding of a dozen schools brings their total membership to 114, including Southwestern Assemblies of God University. That figure is comprised of 71 in Division I, 43 in Division II, ranging from the NCAA Division II and III as well as the NAIA.
SAGU is a Division I member in both the NCCAA and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
Three of the new affiliates contain three who join SAGU in the Central Region; McMurry University (Abilene, Tx), Oklahoma City University (OKC, Ok) and Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, Ok).
The McMurry War Hawks and the Crimson Storm from SNU are D-II teams in the NCAA.
The East Region now incorporates The King’s College (New York, NY), while the Mid-East takes in Union University (Jackson, Tn) and Morthland College (West Frankfort, Il).
In the South, there were four add-ons; Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC), Columbia International University (Columbia, SC), Shorter University (Rome, Ga) and Trinity Baptist College (Jacksonville, Fl).
Barclay College (Haviland, Ks) now competes in the Southwest Region.
The Left Coast counts Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, Cal) as a member of the West Region.
A few of the schools have won national championships in the NAIA in recent seasons; Union in women's basketball, Shorter in softball and Fresno Pacific in volleyball.
Morthland, Trinity and Barclay are new Division II members. The other nine are in D-I.
The NCCAA strives to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ through its 22 National Championships and 8 National Invitationals. For more information on the NCCAA, visit www.thenccaa.org.
The Division I Regional roll call of colleges reads: Central 14 colleges, South 14, West 12, Mid-East 9, Mid-West 8, East 7, and North Central 7.