On July 1, BMC, along with Bethel University and Martin Methodist College, joined the 16-member SSAC – a league that includes Mississippi schools Belhaven University in Jackson and William Carey University in Hattiesburg.
BMC, as well as Bethel and Martin Methodist, was a longtime member of the TranSouth Athletic Conference, which dissolved at the end of the 2013 spring sports season.
“When we realized the TranSouth would dissolve, we immediately began to look at the various conferences,” said Lavon Driskell, BMC athletics director. “The SSAC gave us what we were looking for in a conference. The SSAC has been rated as the top conference in the NAIA and we want to be a part of the best.
“We are leaving a lot of good friends in the dissolving of the TranSouth, but the members of the SSAC have made us feel welcome and we look forward to the friendships that will be made in our new conference.
“Mike Hall, commissioner of the SSAC, has a great vision for the conference and we are excited to be a part of that growth. It’s certainly not going to be easy; there are some really fine programs in the SSAC and I think this will be a great opportunity for us at BMC to take our programs to the next level.”
The members of the SSAC are:
Mississippi: Belhaven University in Jackson; Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain; and William Carey University in Hattiesburg.
Alabama: Auburn University Montgomery; Faulkner University in Montgomery; University of Mobile: and Spring Hill College in Mobile.
Georgia: Brenau University in Gainesville; Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon; College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick; Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs; and Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.
Louisiana: Loyola University in New Orleans.
Tennessee: Bethel University in McKenzie; Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.