McMurry University set to join SCAC in 2024-25

SUWANEE, Ga. – McMurry University has accepted an offer of membership in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), becoming the 10th member of the NCAA Division III league. Full version

The institution, which has been an affiliate member of the SCAC in men’s and women’s swimming and diving sports since 2015, will become a primary member of the league beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.

“The SCAC is a prestigious conference and McMurry University is honored to be a part of it,” said McMurry President Dr. Sandra Harper. “I know the commissioner and most of the SCAC chairs quite well and look forward to working with them in the future. McMurry is currently undergoing a new strategic planning process to guide the university through to 2030. This move of the conference ties in well with the strategic direction we foresee for McMurry regarding the balance between athletics and academics.”

McMurry currently has 20 varsity programs and over 500 student-athletes. Men’s intercollegiate teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women’s intercollegiate teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

“We are delighted to welcome McMurry University to the SCAC,” said Colorado College President L. Song Richardson, Chairman of the SCAC Council of Presidents. “It’s an exciting time, as McMurry celebrates its centennial with growth in registrations, fundraising and alumni engagement. McMurry fits perfectly into the SCAC and will add to the power of our conference.”

“Today is an exciting day,” said SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “I was fortunate to know both Dr. Harper and Athletic Director Sam Ferguson through our swimming and diving affiliate relationship, which has been a great partnership for almost a decade.”

“McMurry will fit seamlessly into our current structure – both geographically and culturally – and it’s always flattering when a quality institution wants to be a part of what you do.”

“Centenary Athletics welcomes McMurry to the SCAC,” said Centenary Director of Athletics and Recreation David Orr. It was a pleasure to speak with Sam Ferguson, McMurry AD today after the announcement. Centenary Athletics is excited about this addition and looks forward to working with our newest conference member! »

A student-centered, relationship-based undergraduate institution focused on undergraduate learning and research, as well as scholarly and creative pursuits, McMurry celebrates its centennial in 2023. Founded in 1923 as a a Methodist institution and affiliated with what is now the United Methodist Church, McMurry enrolls over 1,100 students with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. No graduate assistants teach classes, and 77% of its faculty have graduated the highest in their academic discipline.

The University’s athletic teams are known as the War Hawks, and the department, a member of NCAA Division III for nearly 25 years, has collectively won two national team championships (both in men’s track and field), 21 Individual National Championships and 51 American Southwest Championships. Conference titles.


The SCAC, originally known as the College Athletic Conference (CAC) when it was formed in 1962, is made up of some of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges and universities.

The SCAC was formed to provide an association through which member institutions may encourage organized competition in intercollegiate sports between teams representative of their respective student bodies. Members of this conference share a commitment to prioritizing the overall quality of academic standards and educational experiences.

SCAC member institutions are committed to sponsoring a variety of varsity sports to maximize opportunities for student participation. SCAC schools also operate on the principle that participation in sports should be solely for the interest of students and the enjoyment of athletic competition, and that no financial aid will be given to a student who is dependent on ability. athleticism or participation in intercollegiate sports.

SCAC member institutions support students in their efforts to achieve high levels of performance by providing adequate facilities, competent supervision, and appropriate opportunities to compete with students from similar institutions.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP (First year of participation)
Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas (1989)
Southwestern University – Georgetown, Texas (1994)
Austin College – Sherman, TX (2006)
Colorado College – Colorado Springs, Colorado (2006)
University of Dallas – Irving, Texas (2011)
Centenary College – Shreveport, Louisiana (2012)
Schreiner University – Kerrville, Texas (2013)
Texas Lutheran University – Seguin, Texas (2013)
St. Thomas University – Houston, Texas (2019)
McMurry University – Abilene, TX (2024)

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