NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After 17 years of championships, friendships, teamwork, and playing for the love of the game, the TranSouth Athletic Conference is going silent.
The end comes after nearly two decades of great athletic competition, friendly rivalries, life-long friendships created, and memories that will forever be remembered by student-athletes, coaches, fans, alumni, and administrators. In the TranSouth, competition truly expressed a love of sport. The effort always focused on teamwork, representing the name on your jersey, and seeking championships.
The TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) was founded in 1996 and began play as an official NAIA conference during the 1996-1997. The conference lived out its name with member schools comprised from six different southern States; Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) recently announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY). Freed-Hardeman Athletic Director Mike McCutchen was among those honored with the award.
The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners received their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 15 at NACDA's 48th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Martin Methodist Athletic Director Jeff Bain has been named the 2013 TranSouth Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year by the TranSouth Athletic Conference, the league announced this morning.
The award, which is selected and voted on by the conference athletic directors, marks the fifth time that Bain has received the honor. After winning the league's inaugural award in 2000, Bain was also chosen for the honor in 2001, 2007, and in 2009.
NASHVILLE - Mid-Continent University sports information director Tim Shay has been voted the 2013 TranSouth Athletic Conference SID of the Year.
Over the last year Tim has worked as the SID at Mid-Continent University while also contributing to the TSAC, the NAIA, the NCCAA Mid-East Region, CoSIDA, and the NCCAA.
Trevecca Nazarene University and TranSouth Sports Information Director Gregory Ruff said, "Tim was invaluable to the conference this year. He did so many things that are not listed, but he just did them because they had to be done. I am proud of him and for him receiving recognition from his peers."
Shay has served as the broadcaster for all six of the Cougar sports as well as several games at the NCCAA Baseball Mid-East Regional. With the TranSouth he has served as the conference SID for men's soccer and baseball. He assisted with the baseball and softball NAIA Unaffiliated Group Tournaments. He began the year by coordinating the annual TranSouth SID Meetings. For the NAIA he served as the conference voter for the National Player of the Week in all sports. With CoSIDA he was the coordinator for the District 4 Capital One Academic All-District Awards in women's soccer and softball in D-lll and College Divisions. With the NCCAA and the Mid-East regional, he served as the baseball chairperson and tournament coordinator.
Shay said, "It is truly humbling to know that the hard work that has gone into a season has not gone unnoticed. I am grateful to the TranSouth and to everyone from whom I have had the chance to learn over the past several years in the Conference. I have been truly blessed to work with such a tremendous group of men and women in my time in the TranSouth, both at Trevecca and at Mid-Continent."
"We are proud of Tim Shay and his selection as the 2013 TranSouth SID of the Year," said Mid-Continent athletic director Kevin Imhoff. "Tim has a tremendous work ethic and incredible knowledge and love for all sports. You may not know this but he is certified to ref/umpire basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. We are privileged and honored to have Tim in our athletic program here. If there was a Sports Fan Hall of Fame we would submit his nomination."
Tim began his career as a four-year student assistant in the sports information office at Trevecca. He also assisted in a number of broadcasts over his time at Trevecca. He later served as Trevecca Nazarene University first graduate assistant in the sports information office. Following Trevecca he worked at Lee University as the assistant sports information director. At the NAIA level he has assisted in broadcasting and sports information at a number of championships including the softball and women's basketball championships.
Charlie Smith, the commissioner of the TranSouth added, "All of the Sports Information Directors in the TranSouth do an outstanding job. It is with honor to announce that Tim Shay as the SID of the Year. Tim does an excellent job in covering the sports at Mid-Continent and the TranSouth Athletic Conference. He is always willing to go the extra mile in whatever task he is undertaking."
Shay just completed his second season at MCU where he launched live streaming of games and a social media presence.
In 2003 he enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. where he quickly joined the student assistants program in the office of sports information. In 2005, he became the first undergraduate student in TranSouth Athletic Conference history to hold the position of a conference sport SID, holding the volleyball SID position during his junior and senior years. After graduating as an undergrad in 2007 with a BS in Mass Communications, he returned to Trevecca as the first graduate assistant in sports information in May of 2008. In the summer of 2009, Shay left Trevecca to join the staff at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., spending one season with the Flames.
He spent his first two seasons as the official scorer for Trevecca's baseball team, earning the role of official scorer during the 2005 TranSouth and NAIA Region XI baseball tournaments. He later became the official scorer for the 2008 TranSouth Baseball tournament - which was held at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. He was a part of the team of statisticians for the 2008-09 TSSAA Division II basketball tournament, as well as the 2007-08 and 2008-09 Atlantic Sun Conference basketball tournaments at Lipscomb University. Shay served as one of a team of statisticians during the 2009 NAIA Women's Soccer and 2010 NAIA Softball National Tournaments.
As a broadcaster, Shay has over 550 games of experience in eight sports at the high school, collegiate, and semi-professional levels. He began his career behind the mic as the color commentator for the Trevecca women's basketball team during the 2004-05 season, transitioning into the play-by-play role for the 2005-06 year. In the fall of 2005, Shay also picked up play-by-play duties for the Lawrence County (Tenn.) High School football and basketball teams, where he called four seasons on the gridiron and three on the hardwood. Upon returning to Trevecca in 2008, Shay launched internet broadcasts of the Trojans' soccer and baseball teams for the 2008-09 season, and he also handled play-by-play duties for the semi-professional Franklin Knights of the World Basketball Association during the summer of 2010.
In addition to all of his duties in the last year at Mid-Continent Tim and his wife, Kaylynn, welcomed a newborn child, Alan, into their lives. Shay is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and attended high school in Columbia, Tenn. at Christian Heritage Academy
TranSouth SID of the Year History
2013 Tim Shay, Mid-Continent University
2012 Jo Jo Freeman, Cumberland University
2011 Steven Aldridge, Union University
2010 Steven Aldridge, Union University
2009 Steven Aldridge, Union University
2008 Gregory Ruff, Trevecca Nazarene
2007 Steven Aldridge, Union University
2006 Steven Aldridge, Union University
The TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) is an NAIA conference of six colleges and universities throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Georgia. Since 1996, the mission of the TSAC is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The conference offers equitable access and opportunities for participation in its 13 championships held annually.
Today, the TranSouth strengthens its commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting academic achievement and character development through the NAIA's Champions of Character program. The NAIA's innovative flagship program is designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Martin Methodist College has earned the TranSouth Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the 2012-13 season. It is the 13th trophy presented by the conference and the first time for the RedHawks to take home the conference prize.
Martin Methodist claimed or shared two conference titles that counted in the trophy contest in the 2012-13 season - Men's Soccer and Men's Basketball. The RedHawks also won the women's tennis and women's soccer titles, but those sports didn't meet the required participants to be included.