boxTitleLeftAbout the TranSouth Athletic Conference

TranSouth Athletic Conference

(1996-Present)


The TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) was founded in 1996 and was composed of many schools from the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC). The conference changed its name to TranSouth Athletic Conference prior to the 1996-97 school year.

TheTranSouth is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and is a perennial power with several national championships. Conference members have fielded NAIA national champions in women's basketball, men's basketball, baseball, cyling, women's soccer, and wrestling.

The TranSouth has nine member schools for the 2008-09 athletic year. Those members span the States of Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and Arkansas. The members schools are Bethel University (McKenzie, Tenn.), Blue Mountain College (Blue Mountain, Miss.), Cumberland University (Lebanon, Tenn), Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tenn.), Lyon College (Batesville, Ark.), Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, Tenn.), Mid-Continent University (Mayfield, Ky.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), and Union University (Jackson, Tenn.).

HISTORY


The league was formed in 1996-97, and has included at one time or another 16 different institutions in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. The conference offers regular season and/or tournament championships in the following sports: men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, men's baseball, and women's fast-pitch softball.

Other schools that have been members at one time or another include Berry College (Rome, Ga.), Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.), Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.), Lipscomb University (Nashville, Tenn.), and Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge, Ark.).

The TranSouth Athletic Conference is continuing a long and outstanding history dating back to the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC). After the VSAC, Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC) was formed. Some teams changed but the quality of the universities and the caliber of athletic competition remained as high as ever.

In 2003, Cumberland University rejoined their old conference peers from the TCAC days as they moved from the MidSouth Conference to the TranSouth Conference.

The TranSouth continues to be one of the most recognized leagues in the NAIA when it comes to national postseason events. In the first fourteen years of the league's history, the TranSouth Conference has boasted twelve NAIA National Champions:  Bethel University - Men's Soccer (2008), Birmingham-Southern - Baseball (2000), Cumberland - Baseball (2004, 2010). Lambuth - Women's Basketball (2007), Martin Methodist - Women's Soccer (2005, 2007), Union University - Women's Basketball (1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010). In individual sport championships have been won by Cumberland University's Cycling and Wrestling teams.

In the 2006-07 school year Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. rejoined the conference. Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., a former VSAC and TCAC member, and newcomer Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ky. joined the conference during the 2006-2007.

Prior to the 2008-2009 season, Crichton College and Lambuth University departed the conference and reduced the member schools to nine. The departures were lessened with Blue Mountain College adding men's basketball to their program during the 2007-2008 season. Blue Mountain adding baseball, men's and women's golf, and softball in the 2010-2011 school y ear. Trevecca Nazarene University is adding men's and women's cross country in the Fall of 2010.

CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF TRANSOUTH


VSAC - Volunteer State Athletic Conference


Belmont University
Bethel College
Carson Newman University
Christian Brothers University
King College
Lambuth University
Lipscomb University
Milligan College
Tennessee Wesleyan College
Trevecca Nazarene University
Tusculum College
Union University

TCAC - Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference
Formed in 1985

Belmont University
Bethel College
Blue Mountain College
Christian Brothers University
Cumberland University
Freed-Hardeman University
Lambuth University
Lipscomb University
Martin Methodist College
Trevecca Nazarene University
Union University

TSAC - TranSouth Athletic Conference
Formed in 1996-97

*Original Members
Bethel College
Berry College
Birmingham Southern College
Blue Mountain College
David Lipscomb University
Freed-Hardeman University
Lee College
Martin Methodist College
Trevecca Nazarene University
Union University
Williams Baptist College

1997-98 Changes
Lyon College joins the TranSouth Athletic Conference

1998-99 Changes
Bethel College leaves for Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference

2000-01 Changes
Birmingham Southern leaves for NCAA D-1
Lipscomb University leaves for NCAA D-1
Williams Baptist leaves for American Midwest Conference

2002-03 Changes
Cumberland University joins TranSouth

2005-06 Changes
Berry College Leaves for Southern States Conference
Lee University leaves for Southern States Conference

2005-06 Changes
Crichton College joins TranSouth

2006-07 Changes
Bethel College rejoins TranSouth
Mid-Continent University joins TranSouth
Lambuth University joins TranSouth (former TCAC member)

2008-09 Changes
Crichton College and Lambuth University leave the conference

2011-2012 Changes
Trevecca Nazarene leave conference for NCAA Division II - Cumberland University (MidSouth Conference), Mid-Continent University (TBA) and Union University (NCAA Division II) announce intention to leave the conference in 2012-2013.

2012-2013 Changes