Red River Athletic Conference
RRAC
Established1998
AssociationNAIA
Members14
Sports fielded
  • 15
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 8
RegionSouth Central United States
HeadquartersWaco, Texas
CommissionerTony Stigliano
Websitewww.redriverconference.com
Locations

The Red River Athletic Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The conference's 12 member institutions are located in Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

History

The conference began competition in 1998 with 16 charter members.[1] The conference at present counts 12 members, the most recent addition being Texas A&M-Texarkana in 2016.[2] In 2018, St. Thomas Houston announced its departure from the conference to join the NCAA Division III's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference as a provisional member in 2019.[3] In March 2020, Texas A&M University–San Antonio was approved for membership into the NAIA and it was simultaneously announced that the Jaguars would begin competition in the conference starting in the 2020–21 academic year,[4] followed by Xavier University of Louisiana and Louisiana Christian University (formerly Louisiana College) in September and October respectively.[5][6] Xavier and Louisiana Christian officially joined the RRAC in 2021–22.

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
University of Houston–Victoria Victoria, Texas 1973 Public 4,407 Jaguars 2015
Huston–Tillotson University Austin, Texas 1881 Private (Methodist,
Church of Christ)
800 Rams 1998
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, Texas 1912 Private (Disciples of Christ) 550 Bulldogs 1998
Louisiana Christian University Pineville, Louisiana 1906 Private (Southern Baptist) 1,200 Wildcats 2021
Louisiana State University of Alexandria Alexandria, Louisiana 1959 Public 3,378 Generals 2014
Louisiana State University Shreveport Shreveport, Louisiana 1967 Public 4,200 Pilots 2010
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, Texas 1895 Private/Catholic 2,660 Saints 2008
Paul Quinn College Dallas, Texas 1872 Private (A.M.E. Church) 700 Tigers 1998
University of the Southwest Hobbs, New Mexico 1962 Private (Christian) 550 Mustangs 1998
Texas College Tyler, Texas 1894 Private (C.M.E. Church) 800 Steers 1998
Texas A&M University–San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 2009 Public 7,000 Jaguars 2020
Texas A&M University–Texarkana Texarkana, Texas 1971 Public 1,865 Eagles 2016
Wiley College Marshall, Texas 1873 Private (United Methodist) 1,250 Wildcats 1998
Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana 1925 Private/Catholic 3,200 Gold Rush/
Gold Nuggets
2021

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Conference
Bacone College Muskogee, Oklahoma 1880 Warriors 1998 2015 NAIA Independent
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 1960 Huskies 1998 2007 Southland
(NCAA D-I)
Langston University Langston, Oklahoma 1897 Lions 1998 2018 Sooner
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, Oklahoma 1897 Rangers 1998 2002 Great American
(NCAA D-II)
Northwood University Cedar Hill, Texas 1966 Knights 1998 2013 Dropped sports
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, Oklahoma 1908 Drovers 1998 2000 Sooner
Southwestern Adventist University Keene, Texas 1893 Knights 1998 2002 USCAA
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas 1927 Lions 1998 2013 Sooner
Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas 1969 Dustdevils 1998 2006 Lone Star
(NCAA D-II)
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas 1890 Rams 2001 2013 Sooner
University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas 1947 Celts 2011 2019 SCAC
(NCAA D-III)
University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, Texas 1991 Ocelots 1998 2015 Merged in 2015 with
University of Texas–Pan American
University of Texas Permian Basin Odessa, Texas 1973 Falcons 1998 2006 Lone Star
(NCAA D-II)

Membership timeline

 Full member (non-football)   Associate member (sport) 

Sports

A divisional format is used for basketball (M / W), softball, and volleyball.
East
  • Jarvis Christian
  • Louisiana College
  • LSU Alexandria
  • LSU Shreveport
  • Texas College
  • Texas A&M-Texarkana
  • Xavier
West
  • Houston-Victoria
  • Huston-Tillotson
  • Our Lady of the Lake
  • Paul Quinn
  • Southwest
  • Texas A&M-San Antonio
  • Wiley

The Red River Athletic Conference sponsors championships in seven men's and eight women's sports.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Tennis Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

References

  1. ^ "Looking Back at the Past 15 Years of RRAC Basketball". Victory Sports Network. June 18, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "LSUA Joins the Red River Athletic Conference". LSU Alexandria. October 23, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS ANNOUNCES NCAA DIVISION III EXPLORATORY MEMBERSHIP". USTCelts.com. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ VSN Staff (March 31, 2020). "NAIA Approves Five Institutions for Membership". Victory Sports Network. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  5. ^ "Xavier University Of Louisiana To Become RRAC's 13th Member Institution In 2021-22". Victory Sports Network. September 14, 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  6. ^ "Louisiana College accepted into NAIA, joins RRAC and SAC". Crescent City Sports. October 5, 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2020.