Tuesday, July 20, 2010

High Point, N.C.> Conference Carolinas announced today that King College and North Greenville University have been accepted for membership in the league. Conference member institutions voted unanimously to accept both schools and expand the league to 13 teams.

 “Conference Carolinas enthusiastically welcomes King College and North Greenville University into our league and looks forward to extending our competitive spirit to the Tornado and Crusaders,” said Dr. Betsy Fleming, President of the Conference Carolinas Executive Committee and of Converse College. “Both schools share Conference Carolinas’ commitment to developing scholar-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the playing field, and we are pleased to strengthen our league through their membership.”

King College in Bristol, TN and North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC will become full members of Conference Carolinas for the 2011-12 season. Both schools are NCAA Division II members and already play many Conference Carolinas members. The scheduling of sports participation starting in the fall of 2011 allows sufficient time for scheduling changes and orientation to conference membership responsibilities and requirements. Both schools enter the conference as independent Division II members.

Conference Carolinas is uniquely comprised of private colleges and universities with an emphasis on undergraduate education. Conference member recent national championships include basketball, baseball, men’s lacrosse, and individual champions in golf and track and field. Student athletes graduate at a rate higher than general student populations. King College and North Greenville University meet and enhance this conference profile.

Since its inception in 1930, the conference has served numerous (25) colleges in North and South Carolina. King College represents the second college outside those states (Longwood of Farmville, VA) and the first member from Tennessee. The conference name, however, will not change.

“It is not often that a conference which shares equal values for academic and athletic excellence has the opportunity to add members having identical values. Fortunately we were presented that opportunity,” stated Commissioner Alan Patterson. “In today’s climate of conference alignment often based on income production, it is refreshing that we were able to expand based on like student-athlete educational experiences.”

King College was a new Division II provisional member this past year and competed as an affiliate Conference Carolinas member in men’s volleyball. The NCAA gave notice to King Friday of approval as an active member of NCAA DII and will be a full DII member moving forward. The Tornado currently sponsor 22 intercollegiate sports that include baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cycling, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's volleyball, and men's and women's wrestling.

King College was founded in 1867 and is located in Bristol, Tennessee. It is a Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive college structured on a university model offering more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, digital media, nursing, forensic science, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, nursing, and education. King has an enrollment of over 1800 students.

North Greenville University has been a full NCAA Division II member since September of 2003 and also has played many Conference Carolinas teams in non-conference games. Currently, NGU offers seven sport teams for males and six sport teams for females. With the addition of the women’s golf team slated for competition beginning in the Fall 2010 season, they will bring their full sponsorship to 14 sports. The Crusaders will bring 13 sports into Conference Carolinas play including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s softball and volleyball. NGU’s football team will remain an independent DII member and the baseball team is coming off of the 2010 NCCAA national baseball championship title.

North Greenville University has its founding roots dating back to 1891. Conveniently situated between Greenville, South Carolina and Hendersonville, North Carolina, North Greenville is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the South Carolina Southern Baptist Convention. The University is a dynamic, challenging co-educational liberal arts institution that serves over 2,200 students by providing opportunities for higher education in an encouraging, biblically sound Christ-centered environment.