USA South Athletic Conference
USA South Athletic Conference logo
Established1963
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision III
Members19 (10 in 2022)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 9
RegionSouth
Former namesDixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Dixie Conference
HeadquartersRome, Georgia
CommissionerDr. Tom Hart
Websiteusasouth.net
Locations
USA South Athletic Conference locations

The USA South Athletic Conference (formerly the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or the Dixie Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. Member schools are located in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.

History

The Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was founded in 1963 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with the philosophy that participation would be strictly amateur, so no athletic financial aid or scholarships would be awarded by its affiliate institutions. The six charter members were Charlotte College, College of Charleston, Methodist College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and Lynchburg College.[1] In 1973, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association divided into a three-division format, the Dixie Conference left the NAIA and moved into the non-scholarship NCAA Division III.[1]

On June 30, 2003, the conference changed to its name to the USA South Athletic Conference.[2]

During the 2010–11 school year, changes to the membership of the USA South were announced. Three colleges announced plans to join the USA South Conference beginning in the 2012–13 season while one will depart the league. Piedmont College,[3] LaGrange College,[4] and Maryville College joined the Great South Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012.

Shenandoah University left the USA South on the above date, to become a full member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), a league in which it held associate membership in several sports.

Christopher Newport University left the USA South after the 2012–2013 season to join the Capital Athletic Conference in all sports except for football which will remain a USA South affiliate member through the 2015 season.

On May 10, 2012, Covenant College and Huntingdon College announced plans to leave the Great South and join USA South Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013–2014 season.

On May 6, 2015, the USA South announced that Agnes Scott College, Salem College, and Wesleyan College would leave the Great South Athletic Conference and join the USA South beginning in the 2016–17 school year.[5] The conference announced the future arrival of three more schools during the 2015–16 school year. First, it announced on December 9, 2015, that Brevard College, transitioning from the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference to Division III, would join for 2017–18 and beyond.[6] Then, on May 4, 2016, two more incoming members were announced: Berea College, nearing completion of a transition from the NAIA to Division III, and Pfeiffer University, transitioning from the Division II Conference Carolinas to Division III. Both joined in 2017–18 as well.[7]

On June 27, 2017, Ferrum College, a conference member since 1988, announced that it would leave for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference after the 2017–18 school year.[8]

On December 11, 2019, the USA South announced the addition of Southern Virginia University who will join in the 2021–22 academic year.[9]

The most recent changes to the USA South membership came on March 8, 2021, when Averett University revealed its intention to leave the USA South and join Ferrum College in the ODAC as a full member in the 2022–23 academic year,[10] and on November 22, when Belhaven University was at first accepted for membership in the conference also for 2022–23. Belhaven is leaving the American Southwest Conference.[11]

On February 18, 2022, the USA South Conference presidents announced a restructuring of the conference, resulting in Agnes Scott, Berea, Covenant, Huntingdon, LaGrange, Maryville, Piedmont, and Wesleyan leaving the USA South to form the new Collegiate Conference of the South (CCS) for the 2022-23 academic year. They were joined by incoming member Belhaven. CCS members sponsoring football, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, and women's golf will remain in the USA South as associate members for those sports.[12]

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Current members

The USA South currently has 19 full members, all are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Football?
East Division
Averett University Danville, Virginia 1859 Baptist 2,719 Cougars 1978 Yes
Greensboro College Greensboro, North Carolina 1838 United Methodist 1,233 Pride 1966 Yes
Mary Baldwin University[a] Staunton, Virginia 1842 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
2,242 Fighting Squirrels 2007 No
Meredith College[b] Raleigh, North Carolina 1891 Nonsectarian 1,990 Avenging Angels 2007 No
Methodist University Fayetteville, North Carolina 1956 United Methodist 2,215 Monarchs 1963 Yes
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, North Carolina 1956 United Methodist 900 Battling Bishops 1963 Yes
Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, North Carolina 1885 Methodist 1,200 Falcons 2017 No
Salem College[b] Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1772 Moravian 565 Spirits 2016 No
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista, Virginia 1867 LDS Church 1,106 Knights 2021 Yes
William Peace University[a] Raleigh, North Carolina 1857 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
950 Pacers 2003 No
West Division
Agnes Scott College[b] Decatur, Georgia 1889 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
914 Scotties 2016 No
Berea College Berea, Kentucky 1855 Christian
(unaffiliated)
1,613 Mountaineers 2017 No
Brevard College Brevard, North Carolina 1853 United Methodist 708 Tornados 2017 Yes
Covenant College Lookout Mountain, Georgia 1955 Presbyterian
(PCA)
1,282 Scots &
Lady Scots
2013 No
Huntingdon College Montgomery, Alabama 1854 United Methodist 900 Hawks 2013 Yes
LaGrange College LaGrange, Georgia 1831 United Methodist 1,137 Panthers 2012 Yes
Maryville College Maryville, Tennessee 1819 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
1,103 Scots 2012 Yes
Piedmont University Demorest, Georgia 1897 United Church of Christ &
Congregationalist
2,640 Lions 2012 No
Wesleyan College[b] Macon, Georgia 1836 United Methodist 550 Wolves 2016 No
Notes
  1. ^ a b This institution is a former women's college, which has eventually turned into a co-educational college (William Peace since 2012–13, Mary Baldwin since 2017–18).
  2. ^ a b c d This institution is a women's college, therefore it does not compete in men's sports.

Future associate members

The USA South will have one new associate member, which will also be a private school:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joining USA South
sport(s)
Belhaven University Jackson, Mississippi 1883 Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
3,245 Blazers 2022–23 football

Former members

The USA South has ten former full members, all but four were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Nickname Enrollment Joined Left Current
conference
Charlotte College[a] Charlotte, North Carolina 1961 Public 25,227 49ers 1963–64 1969–70 C-USA
(NCAA D-I)
(American in 2023)
Chowan College[b] Murfreesboro, North Carolina 1848 Baptist 1,260 Hawks 2000–01 2003–04 Carolinas
(NCAA D-II)
Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia 1960 Public 4,793 Captains 1972–73 2012–13 Coast to Coast (C2C)
College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina 1770 Public 11,320 Cougars 1963–64 1969–70 Colonial (CAA)
(NCAA D-I)
Ferrum College Ferrum, Virginia 1913 United Methodist 1,100 Panthers 1988–89 2017–18 Old Dominion (ODAC)
Lynchburg College[c] Lynchburg, Virginia 1903 Disciples of Christ 2,500 Fighting Hornets 1963–64 1975–76 Old Dominion (ODAC)
Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia 1875 United Methodist 1,767 Hornets 1992–93 2011–12 Old Dominion (ODAC)
St. Andrews Presbyterian University[d] Laurinburg, North Carolina 1958 Presbyterian 600 Knights 1963–64 1987–88 Appalachian (AAC)
(NAIA)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina 1891 Public 18,502 Spartans 1968–69 1987–88 Southern (SoCon)
(NCAA D-I)
Virginia Wesleyan College[e] Norfolk, Virginia 1961 United Methodist 1,446 Marlins 1970–71 1988–89 Old Dominion (ODAC)
Notes
  1. ^ Currently known as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 1965.
  2. ^ Currently known as Chowan University since 2006.
  3. ^ Currently known as the University of Lynchburg since 2018.
  4. ^ Currently known as St. Andrews University since 2011.
  5. ^ Currently known as Virginia Wesleyan University since 2017.

Membership timeline

Belhaven UniversitySouthern Virginia UniversityPfeiffer UniversityBrevard CollegeBerea CollegeWesleyan CollegeSalem CollegeHuntingdon CollegeCovenant CollegePiedmont CollegeMaryville CollegeLaGrange CollegeAgnes Scott CollegeMeredith CollegeMary Baldwin CollegeWilliam Peace UniversityChowan UniversityShenandoah UniversityFerrum CollegeAverett UniversityChristopher Newport UniversityVirginia Wesleyan CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro CollegeNorth Carolina Wesleyan CollegeSt. Andrews University (North Carolina)Methodist UniversityLynchburg CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCollege of Charleston

Sports

See also: USA South Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
14
Basketball
15
19
Cross country
14
17
Football
9
Golf
11
7
Lacrosse
10
9
Soccer
15
19
Softball
17
Tennis
15
19
Track and field (outdoor)
10
13
Volleyball
19

Men's sponsored sports by school

Departing members are displayed in red.

School Baseball Basketball Cross country Football Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track & field
(outdoor)
Total USA South sports
Averett Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 8
Berea Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Brevard Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Covenant Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Greensboro Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 7
Huntingdon Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
LaGrange Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 8
Mary Baldwin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Maryville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 7
Methodist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Carolina Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Pfeiffer Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Piedmont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Southern Virginia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
William Peace Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 14 15 14 9 11 10 15 15 10 114
Belhaven Green tickY 1

Women's sponsored sports by school

Departing members are displayed in red.

School Basketball Cross country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track & field
(outdoor)
Volleyball Total USA South sports
Agnes Scott Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 6
Averett Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 7
Berea Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
Brevard Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Covenant Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Greensboro Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 5
Huntingdon Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
LaGrange Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 6
Mary Baldwin Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Maryville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 7
Meredith Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Methodist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
North Carolina Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Pfeiffer Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Piedmont Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Salem Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 4
Southern Virginia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Wesleyan Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
William Peace Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Totals 19 17 7 9 19 17 19 13 19 139

Conference facilities

School Football Basketball
Stadium Capacity Arena Capacity
Agnes Scott Non-football school Woodruff Athletic Complex
Averett Cougars Den 5,000 Grant Center 2,500
Belhaven (2022) Belhaven Bowl 1,200 Football-only school
Berea Non-football school Seabury Center Arena 2,000
Brevard Brevard Memorial Stadium 5,000 Boshamer Gymnasium 1,000
Covenant Non-football school Barnes Physical Education Center 650
Greensboro Jamieson Stadium 10,000 Hanes Gymnasium 850
Huntingdon Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium 2,500 Catherine Dixon Roland Arena 976
LaGrange Callaway Stadium 5,000 Mariotti Gymnasium 500
Maryville Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium 3,000 Boydson-Baird Gymnasium 2,000
Mary Baldwin Non-football school MBC Physical Activities Center
Meredith Non-football school Weatherspoon Gymnasium 500
Methodist Monarch Field 1,500 March F. Riddle Center 1,200
North Carolina Wesleyan Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium[13] 5,000 Everett Gymnasium 800
Pfeiffer Non-football school Merner Gymnasium 1,500
Piedmont Non-football school Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Cave Arena[14] 1,500
Salem Non-football school Spirit Center
Southern Virginia Knight Stadium 1,000 Knight Arena 525
Wesleyan Non-football school Porter Gymnasium 586
William Peace Non-football school Hermann Center 1,000

References

  1. ^ a b 2007 Football Media Guide (PDF), USA South Athletic Conference, archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2008, retrieved April 28, 2008
  2. ^ "Dixie Conference Chooses New Name", Greensboro News Record, p. C1, February 3, 2003
  3. ^ McCormack, Timmy (April 11, 2011). "Piedmont College Announces Plan To Join USA South Athletic Conference". Piedmont College Athletics. Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "LaGrange College accepts invitation to join USA South Athletic Conference". LaGrange Panthers. April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Agnes Scott, Salem and Wesleyan Set to Join USA South". May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Brevard College Set to Join USA South" (Press release). USA South Athletic Conference. December 9, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Berea College and Pfeiffer University Set to Join USA South" (Press release). USA South Athletic Conference. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "ODAC Membership Set to Expand with Inclusion of Ferrum College" (Press release). Old Dominion Athletic Conference. June 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Southern Virginia Set to Join USA South" (Press release). Southern Virginia University Athletics. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Averett University to Join the ODAC as a Full-Time Member". ODAC. March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Belhaven University Set to Join USA South". USA South Athletic Conference. November 22, 2021. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "USA South Announces Conference Restructuring". USA South Athletic Conference. February 18, 2022. Retrieved February 26, 2022.
  13. ^ "Bishops to Return to Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium". NC Wesleyan Battling Bishops. July 31, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Johnny Mize Athletic Center with Video". Piedmont Lions. Piedmont College. Retrieved April 12, 2014.