Pre-Season Camp starts for six squads

SAGU Sports Live to air 19 fall games

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  August 12 is three weeks away. The significance of the date has varied meanings. On that date in history, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Texas was 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

It was recorded in 1936 in Seymour, fifty-two miles southwest of Wichita Falls.

Annually, the weather in Waxahachie averages 96 degrees, with plenty of humidity to go with the warmth, on August 12.

The calendar date means something else to nearly 200 athletes at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. It is when they report for the start of two-a-day practices.

Pre-season camp heats up for players and coaches of the football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country teams from SAGU.

The six teams arrive on campus on that Monday to prepare for the start of the fall season. Five of them will battle the elements outdoors.

The only people busier than the players are the SAGU Athletic Trainers as they cover every practice as a mobile hydration crew.

FOOTBALL

Head Coach and Athletic Director Jesse Godding and his staff will open the locker room doors of the Claxton Gym for team meetings and weight room workouts. The team will have both morning and evening practices followed by instructional and film sessions in the afternoons.

The Lions, 4-6 last fall, had a very productive spring and have reason to believe for their first winning season.

All five home games will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live. The team plays in one of the finest facilities in the state, the 9,500 seat Lumpkins Stadium.

SAGU competes in the Central States Football League, one of eight conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

All other teams are members of the 11-team Sooner Athletic Conference. Considered by many to be the most competitive NAIA conference, SAC teams have won 84 national championships. Forty-five athletes from the Sooner have been named NAIA National Player of the Year.

VOLLEYBALL

The Lady Lions volleyball team is riding a string of eight consecutive years of winning records in the regular season. Coach Hank Moore’s club returns all but one starter from their 18-17 unit from 2012.

Fans can view seven of their eleven matches on SAGU Sports Live.

SOCCER

The men’s soccer team went 7-11 in their initial campaign under Head Coach Clem Oancea. A young club is expected back, powered by a group of underclassmen.

The team scored 31 goals and allowed 48 in 2012, revealing the need to shore up the defense.

Head Coach Mandy Fortner and the Lady Lions finished 5-3-1 in their final nine matches to post a best-yet 6-11-1 mark.

The Purple Pride scored 28 and yielded 32 and bring back the core of a progressing team.

SAGU soccer will have three of their eight home dates aired by SAGU Sports Live.

CROSS COUNTRY

The hottest teams on campus are the men’s and women’s cross country teams. This will be their inaugural season in existence. Jason Covarrubias will serve as Head Coach for both squads, who will compete in four multi-team meets.

They, too, will be broadcast in one of their meets by SAGU Sports Live.

SAGU athletic teams are dual members in both the NAIA and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

The NCCAA has about 120 member institutions, most of them from the NAIA and the NCAA's Division II and Division III.

The fall calendar on campus is chocked full of athletic games as six of SAGU’s ten teams play their seasons simultaneously in the first semester.

Watch for news of the expanding media coverage being offered for Lion fans.

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Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 469-658-2847.