Wednesday, June 1, 2011

High Point, N.C.—North Greenville University and King College became official members of Conference Carolinas today on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

While it was announced last July that King and North Greenville had been accepted for membership in the league, it becomes official with full membership privileges starting immediately.

“We have worked with King and North Greenville a great deal the past year to foster new relationships and make membership transitions as smoothly and as seamless as possible”, stated Associate Conference Carolinas Commissioner Brook Patterson. “We can’t wait for competition to start in August where the fun really begins as we continue to develop new and current student-athletes throughout the league. There is no question that the addition of King and North Greenville will strengthen what is already the best Division II conference in the country.”

King College in Bristol, TN and North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC will start conference play when teams kick-off play this August. Both schools are NCAA Division II members and previously played many Conference Carolinas members. This past year’s new membership transition period allowed for sufficient time for conference scheduling changes and member orientation to conference membership responsibilities and requirements.

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, cross-country 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.

The league celebrated their 80th birthday throughout the past year with its inception dating back to 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.

King College was a new NCAA Division II member this past year and competed as an affiliate Conference Carolinas member in men’s volleyball for the second year. 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 seven sport teams for females for a full sponsorship of 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 NCAA DII member.

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.