Southern Conference

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Southern Conference
Southern Conference logo
Established 1921
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
Members 10
Sports fielded
  • 22
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 10
    • coeducational: 1
Region Southeast
Headquarters Spartanburg, South Carolina
Commissioner John Iamarino (since 2006)
Website www.soconsports.com
Locations
Southern Conference locations

The Southern Conference (SoCon) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Southern Conference football teams compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA). Member institutions are located in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Southern Conference ranks as the fifth-oldest major college athletic conference in the United States, and either the third- or fourth-oldest in continuous operation, depending on definitions.[1] Among conferences currently in operation, the Big Ten (1896) and Missouri Valley (1907) are indisputably older. The Pac-12 Conference did not operate under its current charter until 1959, but claims the history of the Pacific Coast Conference, founded in 1915, as its own. The Southwest Conference (SWC) was founded in 1914, but ceased operation in 1996. The Big Eight Conference claimed the same history as the Missouri Valley from 1907 to 1928 during its existence; though it essentially merged with four SWC members to form the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the Big 12 does not claim the Big Eight's legacy. The Ivy League was formally organized in 1955, but claims the history of the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, which competed from 1901 to 1955, as its own.

The SoCon was the first conference to use the three-point field goal in basketball in a November 29, 1980 game at Western Carolina against Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where Ronnie Carr shot the historic shot from 22 feet (6.7 m) away and the Catamounts won 77–70.[2][3]

The Southern Conference is considered one of the stronger football conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision and is considered a mid-major conference in basketball. It has also garnered considerable national attention from its recent success in these sports: in particular, former member, three-time Division I NCAA Football champion Appalachian State Mountaineers, who stunned the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines 34–32 on September 1, 2007;[4] from the Davidson Wildcats, who reached the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by upsetting power programs Gonzaga (a mid-major school which became a power program in the 2000s), Georgetown, and Wisconsin.[5] More recently, the six-time Division I NCAA Football champion Georgia Southern Eagles stunned Southeastern Conference power-house Florida Gators 26–20 in The Swamp on November 23, 2013—the first loss to a lower division opponent in the Florida program's history.[6] In 2015, Furman defeated UCF 16–15 and The Citadel topped South Carolina 23–22 for their second win over the Gamecocks in the past three meetings. The SoCon also frequently sees multiple teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.[7]

History

Conference Commissioners
Wallace Wade 1951–1960
Lloyd Jordon 1960–1973
Ken Germann 1974–1986
Dave Hart 1986–1991
Wright Waters 1991–1998
Alfred B. White 1998–2001
Danny Morrison 2001–2005
John Iamarino 2006–present

Talks of a new conference for southern athletics had started as early as fall of 1920.[8] The conference was formed on February 25, 1921 in Atlanta as fourteen member institutions split from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.[1] Southern Conference charter members were Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Washington & Lee. In 1922, six more universities – Florida, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tulane, and Vanderbilt joined the conference. The first year of competition for the conference was in 1922, effective January 1.[9][10] The new rules banned freshman play.[11] Later additions included Sewanee (1923), Virginia Military Institute (1924), and Duke (1929).

The SoCon is particularly notable for having spawned two other major conferences. In 1932, the 13 schools located south and west of the Appalachians (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, University of the South(Sewanee), Tennessee, Tulane, and Vanderbilt) all departed the SoCon to form the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In 1953, seven additional schools (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest) withdrew from the SoCon to form the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[1] The SEC and ACC have gone on to surpass their parent conference in prestige; while the SEC and ACC are considered "power" conferences in Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A), the SoCon dropped to Division I-AA (FCS) in 1982, four years after the top division was split into two levels in 1978.

The SoCon became the first league to hold a post-season basketball tournament to decide a conference champion. Although first played in 1921, it did not become "official" until 1922, and in its first few years included teams which were not conference members.[12] Held at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta from February 24 – March 2, 1922, the first meeting was won by North Carolina who defeated non-member Mercer in the Finals 40–25.[13] The SoCon Basketball Tournament continues as the nation's oldest conference tournament. The next-oldest tournament overall is the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, founded in 1933, but that event was suspended after its 1952 edition and did not resume until 1979. With the demise of the Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2013, whose tournament had been continuously held since 1936, the next-oldest conference tournament in continuous existence is now the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, first held in 1954.

Member schools

Current members

The all-sports membership changed to 10 schools in 2014 following the departure of Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon, and Georgia Southern, plus the arrival of East Tennessee State (ETSU), Mercer, and VMI. The current football membership stands at nine. UNC Greensboro does not sponsor football, while ETSU, which relaunched its previously dormant football program in 2015,[14] rejoined SoCon football in 2016 after one season as an independent.

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee 1886 1976 Public
(UT system)
11,388 Mocs               
The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina 1842 1936 Public
(Military College)
3,400 Bulldogs          
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee 1911 1978[a 1]
2014
Public
(TBR)
14,587 Buccaneers          
Furman University Greenville, South Carolina 1826 1936 Private 2,668 Paladins          
Mercer University Macon, Georgia 1833 2014 Private 8,603 Bears          
Samford University Homewood, Alabama 1841 2008 Private
(ABC)
5,206 Bulldogs          
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina 1891 1997 Public
(UNC system)
19,393 Spartans               
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 1839 1924[a 2]
2014
Public
(Military College)
1,717 Keydets               
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina 1889 1976 Public
(UNC system)
10,340 Catamounts          
Wofford College Spartanburg, South Carolina 1854 1997 Private
(UMC)
1,613 Terriers          
  1. ^ ETSU had previously been a SoCon member from 1978 to 2005.[14]
  2. ^ VMI had previously been a SoCon member from 1924 to 2003.[14]

Associate members

On January 9, 2014, the SoCon and Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) announced a new alliance in lacrosse that took effect with the 2014–15 school year (2015 lacrosse season). Under its terms, sponsorship of men's lacrosse shifted from the ASUN to the SoCon, while women's lacrosse sponsorship remained with the ASUN. Bellarmine, which had announced it would join the ASUN for men's lacrosse for the 2015 season, instead joined the SoCon.[15] The alliance remains in full effect in men's lacrosse, but the leagues amicably ended their full alliance in women's lacrosse once the SoCon began sponsoring that sport in the 2018 season.[16]

The most recent additions to the associate membership came with the start of the 2017–18 school year, when three schools joined for women's lacrosse.[16]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference SoCon Sport
United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado 1954 Federal (Service academy) 4,417 Falcons Mountain West men's lacrosse
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 Public (UNC) 17,589 Mountaineers Sun Belt wrestling
Bellarmine University[15] Louisville, Kentucky 1950 Private (Catholic Church) 3,846 Knights GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
men's lacrosse
Campbell University[17] Buies Creek, North Carolina 1887 Private 11,241 Fighting Camels Big South wrestling
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 Public 27,693 Chippewas MAC women's lacrosse
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1837 Private (Presbyterian Church (USA)) 1,850 Wildcats Atlantic 10 wrestling
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware 1891 Public 3,400 Hornets MEAC women's lacrosse
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 1877 Private (Catholic Church) 5,700 Titans Horizon League women's lacrosse
Gardner–Webb University[17] Boiling Springs, North Carolina 1905 Private (BSCNC) 5,000 Runnin' Bulldogs Big South wrestling
Georgia Southern University[18] Statesboro, Georgia 1906 Public (USG) 20,517 Eagles Sun Belt Conference rifle
High Point University[15] High Point, North Carolina 1924 Private (United Methodist Church) 4,500 Panthers Big South men's lacrosse
Jacksonville University[15] Jacksonville, Florida 1934 Private 3,741 Dolphins Atlantic Sun (ASUN) men's lacrosse
University of North Georgia[18] Dahlonega, Georgia 1873/2013 Public (USG)
(Military College)
16,064 Nighthawks Peach Belt Conference
(NCAA Division II)
rifle
University of Richmond[15] Richmond, Virginia 1830 Private 4,361 Spiders Atlantic 10 (A-10) men's lacrosse
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville[19] Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 Public (SIU) 14,142 Cougars OVC wrestling [v 1]
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) [18] Birmingham, Alabama 1969 Public (UA) 18,568 Blazers Conference USA rifle
Notes
  1. ^ SIUE wrestling will move to the Mid-American Conference in 2018–19. [20]

Future associate member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference SoCon Sport(s) Joins
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890 Private/Non-denominational 7,301 Bruins Ohio Valley Conference Men's soccer 2018

Possible future associate member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Primary Conference SoCon Sport Joins
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public 10,646 Highlanders Atlantic Sun men's lacrosse 2017?

Former members

Membership timeline

Mercer University Samford University Colonial Athletic Association Elon University Colonial Athletic Association College of Charleston Wofford College University of North Carolina at Greensboro Sun Belt Conference Georgia Southern University Atlantic Sun Conference East Tennessee State University Western Carolina University University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Conference USA Mid-American Conference Marshall University Sun Belt Conference Appalachian State University American Athletic Conference Conference USA Colonial Athletic Association East Carolina University Big 12 Conference Big East Conference (1979-2013) Atlantic 10 Conference West Virginia University Furman University Atlantic-10 Conference Davidson College The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Colonial Athletic Association Eastern College Athletic Conference College of William & Mary Atlantic 10 Conference Colonial Athletic Association Eastern College Athletic Conference University of Richmond Atlantic 10 Conference George Washington University Atlantic Coast Conference Wake Forest University Atlantic Coast Conference Duke University Big South Conference Virginia Military Institute Southern Athletic Association Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Southeastern Conference Sewanee: The University of the South Southeastern Conference Metro Conference Atlantic Coast Conference University of South Carolina Southeastern Conference Vanderbilt University American Athletic Conference Conference USA Metro Conference Southeastern Conference Tulane University Southeastern Conference University of Mississippi Southeastern Conference Louisiana State University Southeastern Conference University of Florida Atlantic Coast Conference Big East Conference (1979-2004) Atlantic 10 Conference Metro Conference Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Old Dominion Athletic Conference Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Washington and Lee University Big Ten Conference Atlantic Coast Conference University of Maryland, College Park Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina State University Atlantic Coast Conference University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Atlantic Coast Conference Clemson University Atlantic Coast Conference University of Virginia Southeastern Conference University of Tennessee Southeastern Conference Mississippi State University Southeastern Conference University of Kentucky Atlantic Coast Conference Metro Conference Southeastern Conference Georgia Institute of Technology Southeastern Conference University of Georgia Southeastern Conference Auburn University Southeastern Conference University of Alabama

Full members Full members (except football) Other Conference Other Conference

  • Due to space limitations, one portion of Washington and Lee's affiliation history is not indicated in the table. In 1958, W&L stopped awarding athletic scholarships; from then until 1962, it was an independent in what was then the NCAA College Division (which was split in 1973 to form today's Divisions II and III).

Sports

The Southern Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's, 10 women's, and one coeducational NCAA-sanctioned sports.[21] Five schools are associate members for wrestling. Under a cooperative agreement with the Atlantic Sun Conference, the SoCon began sponsoring men's lacrosse in the 2014–15 school year (2015 season) with three full members (Furman, Mercer, VMI) and four associates (Bellarmine, High Point, Jacksonville, Richmond). SoCon men's lacrosse has since added Air Force. Women's lacrosse was sponsored by the ASUN through the 2017 season,[15] after which the SoCon launched its own women's lacrosse league.[16] Beginning in the 2016–17 academic year, after a 30-year hiatus, the SoCon resumed rifle as its 21st sport. Members for conference competition are full members The Citadel, VMI, and Wofford as well as associate members UAB, Georgia Southern, and North Georgia. The SoCon is one of only two all-sports conferences to sponsor rifle, joining the Ohio Valley Conference. Rifle is technically a men's sport for NCAA purposes, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.[22] Women's lacrosse was added as the 22nd sport for 2017–18.

Teams in Southern Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's Co-ed
Baseball
9
-
-
Basketball
10
8
-
Cross Country
10
10
-
Football
9
-
-
Golf
8
9
-
Lacrosse
8
6
-
Rifle
2
3
3
Soccer
6
10
-
Softball
-
7
-
Tennis
8
8
-
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
9
-
Track and Field (Outdoor)
9
10
-
Volleyball
-
9
-
Wrestling
8
-
-

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Lacrosse Rifle[a] Soccer Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Wrestling Total SoCon Sports
Chattanooga
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
The Citadel
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY[b]
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
East Tennessee State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
9
Furman
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
10
Mercer
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
8
Samford
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
8
UNC Greensboro
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
8
VMI
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY[b]
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Western Carolina
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
7
Wofford
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY[c]
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
10
Totals
9
10
10
9
8
3+5[d]
3+2[e]
6[f]
8
9
9
3+5[g]
87+12
Notes
  1. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.
  2. ^ a b Men's rifle team; school also fields a women's team.
  3. ^ Coed rifle team.
  4. ^ Associates Air Force, Bellarmine, High Point, Jacksonville, and Richmond. NJIT, despite being a full ASUN member, has yet to fully join the ASUN/SoCon lacrosse partnership.
  5. ^ Associates North Georgia and UAB, both with coed teams.
  6. ^ Belmont will become a men's soccer associate in 2018.
  7. ^ Associates Appalachian State, Campbell, Davidson, Gardner–Webb, and SIU Edwardsville, with SIUE departing in 2018.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southern Conference which are played by SoCon schools:

School Swimming &
Diving
VMI America East

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Rifle[a] Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total SoCon Teams
Chattanooga
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
The Citadel
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY[b]
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
7
East Tennessee State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Furman
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Mercer
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Samford
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
UNC Greensboro
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
VMI
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY[b]
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
5
Western Carolina
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Wofford
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY[c]
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Totals
8
10
9
3+3[d]
3+3[e]
10
7
8
9
10
9
86+6
Notes
  1. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.
  2. ^ a b Women's rifle team; school also fields a men's team.
  3. ^ Coed rifle team.
  4. ^ Associate members Central Michigan, Delaware State, and Detroit.
  5. ^ Associate members Georgia Southern (women-only team), North Georgia (coed team), and UAB (coed team).

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southern Conference which are played by SoCon schools:

School Beach Volleyball Swimming &
Diving
Water Polo
Mercer ASUN No No
VMI No America East MAAC

Facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Softball stadium Capacity Soccer field Capacity
Chattanooga Finley Stadium 20,668 McKenzie Arena 10,928 Non-baseball school Jim Frost Stadium 3,000 Finley Stadium 20,668
The Citadel Johnson Hagood Stadium 11,500 McAlister Field House 6,000 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park 6,000 Non-softball school WLI Field
East Tennessee State William B. Greene Jr. Stadium 7,694[a] Freedom Hall Civic Center 8,500 Thomas Stadium 1,200 Betty Basler Field 500+ Summers-Taylor Stadium 2,000+
Furman Paladin Stadium 16,000 Timmons Arena 5,000 Latham Baseball Stadium 2,000 Pepsi Softball Stadium 300 Eugene E. Stone III Stadium 3,000
Mercer Moye Complex 10,200 Hawkins Arena 3,500 Claude Smith Field 500 Sikes Field 300 Bear Field 300
Samford Seibert Stadium 6,700 Pete Hanna Center 4,974 Joe Lee Griffin Stadium 1,000 J.T. Haywood Field House 200 Samford Track and Soccer Complex 1,200
UNC Greensboro Non-football school Greensboro Coliseum (men's)
Fleming Gymnasium (women's)
7,617
2,320
UNCG Baseball Stadium 3,500 UNCG Softball Stadium 500+ UNCG Soccer Stadium 3,540
VMI Alumni Memorial Field 10,000 Cameron Hall 5,020 Gray–Minor Stadium 1,400 Non-softball school Patchin Field 1,000
Western Carolina E. J. Whitmire Stadium 13,742 Ramsey Center 7,826 Hennon Stadium 1,500 Catamount Softball Complex 250+ Catamount Athletic Complex 1,000
Wofford Gibbs Stadium 13,000 Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium 3,400 Russell C. King Field 2,500 Non-softball school Snyder Field 2,250
Notes
  1. ^ Seated capacity; 10,000+ with standing room.

Conference champions

Football

This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference football champions.

Year Champion Record
2007 Appalachian State
Wofford+
5–2
2008 Appalachian State 8–0
2009 Appalachian State 8–0
2010 Appalachian State+
Wofford
7–1
2011 Georgia Southern 7–1
2012 Appalachian State
Georgia Southern+
Wofford
6–2
2013 Chattanooga
Furman+
Samford
6–2
2014 Chattanooga 7–0
2015 Chattanooga+
The Citadel
6–1
2016 The Citadel+ 8–0
2017 Wofford+ 7–1

+Denotes Automatic bid to NCAA Division I Football Championship

Men's basketball

This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see List of Southern Conference men's basketball champions.

The Southern Conference split into a divisional format for basketball beginning with the 1994–95 season.

Year Regular Season Champion (North) Record Regular Season Champion (South) Record Tournament Champion
2007–08 Appalachian State
Chattanooga
13–7 Davidson 20–0 Davidson
2008–09 Chattanooga
Western Carolina
11–9 Davidson 18–2 Chattanooga
2009–10 Appalachian State 13–5 Wofford 15–3 Wofford
2010–11 Chattanooga
Western Carolina
12–6 College of Charleston
Wofford
14–4 Wofford
2011–12 UNC Greensboro 10–8 Davidson 16–2 Davidson
2012–13 Elon 10–8 Davidson 17–1 Davidson

However, the divisional format was abandoned beginning with the 2013–14 season.

Year Regular Season Champion Record Tournament Champion
2013–14 Davidson 15–1 Wofford
2014–15 Wofford 16–2 Wofford
2015–16 Chattanooga 15–3 Chattanooga
2016–17 East Tennessee State[a]
UNC Greensboro
Furman
14–4 East Tennessee State
  1. ^ Listed in order of seeding in the conference tournament.

Women's basketball

This is a partial list of the last 10 tournament champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

Year Champion
2008 Chattanooga
2009 Western Carolina
2010 Chattanooga
2011 Samford
2012 Samford
2013 Chattanooga
2014 Chattanooga
2015 Chattanooga
2016 Chattanooga
2017 Chattanooga

Baseball

This is a partial list of the last 10 champions. For the full history, see Southern Conference Baseball Tournament.

Year Reg. Season Champion Tournament Champion
2008 Elon Elon
2009 Elon Georgia Southern
2010 The Citadel The Citadel
2011 Elon Georgia Southern
2012 Appalachian State
College of Charleston
Samford
2013 Western Carolina Elon
2014 Western Carolina Georgia Southern
2015 Mercer Mercer
2016 Mercer Western Carolina
2017 Mercer UNC Greensboro

Commissioner's and Germann Cups

The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the conference.[23] The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970. The Germann Cup, named for former Southern Conference Commissioner Ken Germann, was first awarded in 1987. The completion of the 2013–2014 athletics season saw Appalachian State winning its 33rd Commissioner's Cup and Furman its 13th Germann Cup.[24]

Year Commissioner's Cup Germann Cup
1969–70 East Carolina
William & Mary
1970–71 William & Mary
1971–72 William & Mary
1972–73 William & Mary
1973–74 East Carolina
1974–75 East Carolina
1975–76 William & Mary
1976–77 East Carolina
1977–78 Appalachian State
1978–79 Appalachian State
1979–80 Appalachian State
1980–81 Appalachian State
1981–82 Appalachian State
1982–83 East Tennessee State
1983–84 Appalachian State
1984–85 Appalachian State
1985–86 Appalachian State
1986–87 Appalachian State Appalachian State
1987–88 Appalachian State Appalachian State
1988–89 Appalachian State Appalachian State
1989–90 Appalachian State Appalachian State
1990–91 Furman Appalachian State
1991–92 Appalachian State Appalachian State
1992–93 Appalachian State Furman
1993–94 Appalachian State Furman
1994–95 Appalachian State Furman
1995–96 Appalachian State Furman
1996–97 Appalachian State Furman
1997–98 Appalachian State Furman
1998–99 Appalachian State Furman
1999–00 Appalachian State Furman
2000–01 Appalachian State Furman
2001–02 Appalachian State Furman
2002–03 Appalachian State Furman
2003–04 Appalachian State Furman
2004–05 Chattanooga College of Charleston
2005–06 Appalachian State Appalachian State
2006–07 Appalachian State Appalachian State
2007–08 Appalachian State Chattanooga
2008–09 Appalachian State College of Charleston
2009–10 Appalachian State Samford
2010–11 Appalachian State Appalachian State
2011–12 Appalachian State College of Charleston
2012–13 Appalachian State Appalachian State
2013–14 Appalachian State Furman
2014–15 Chattanooga Samford
2015–16 East Tennessee State Furman
2016–17 East Tennessee State Furman

See also

References

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  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ a b c "SoCon Welcomes ETSU, Mercer and VMI" (Press release). Southern Conference. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f "SoCon, A-Sun Partner to Enhance Lacrosse" (Press release). Southern Conference. January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "SoCon to Add Women's Lacrosse as 22nd Sport" (Press release). Southern Conference. January 31, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Campbell, Gardner–Webb, and VMI compete in the Big South Conference for most sports.
  18. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference rifle was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  19. ^ SIU Edwardsville competes in the Missouri Valley Conference for men's soccer and the Ohio Valley Conference for all other sports.
  20. ^ "SIU-Edwardsville joins Mid-American Conference as affiliate member in two sports". Hustle Belt/Vox Media, Inc. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  21. ^ http://www.soconsports.com
  22. ^ "Southern Conference to add rifle as 21st sport". University of North Georgia. December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Southern Conference Commissioner's & Germann Cups". Southern Conference. 2007-06-04. 
  24. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=264425

External links

  • Official website
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