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Southern States Athletic Conference
Established: 1999
Southern States Athletic Conference logo

NAIA Division I
Members 12
Sports fielded 13 (men's: 6; women's: 7)
Region NAIA Region XIII[1]
Former names Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Commissioner Kurt Patberg
Southern States Athletic Conference locations

The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. The twelve member universities compete in thirteen sports in the NAIA. Basketball teams compete in Division I of the NAIA.



The Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference was established March 16, 1999. On June 27, 2005, the conference changed its name to the Southern States Athletic Conference.[2]


The SSAC holds championships in the following 13 sports:

  • Men: cross-country, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, and tennis.



Current members

Institution Location Team Name Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined
Auburn University Montgomery Montgomery, AL Senators 1967 Public (Auburn University) 5,275 1999
Berry College* Rome, GA Vikings 1902 Private (Independent) 1,895 2004
Brenau University Gainesville, GA Golden Tigers 1878 Private (Baptist) 2,000 1999
Brewton-Parker College Mount Vernon, GA Barons 1904 Private (Southern Baptist) 1,050 1999
Columbia College Columbia, SC Fighting Koalas 1854 Private (Methodist) 1,200 2005
Emmanuel College Franklin Springs, GA Lions 1919 Private (Pentecostal Holiness) 800[3] 1999
Faulkner University Montgomery, AL Eagles 1942 Private (Churches of Christ) 2,703 1999
Lee University Cleveland, TN Flames 1918 Private (Pentecostal) 4,012 2004
Shorter College Rome, GA Hawks 1873 Private (Southern Baptist) 2,843 1999
Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, GA Runnin' Hornets 1948 Public (University System of Georgia) 4,800 1999
Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC Warriors 1906 Private (Wesleyan) 2,700 1999

* Berry College is a provisional member of NCAA Division III and currently has joint membership in the NCAA and NAIA. Once the provisional process is complete, it will become a full member of NCAA. At the current time, it competes in NAIA but is not eligible for post-season competition.

† Brenau University and Columbia College participate in women's sports only.

Former members

Institution Affiliation Years New Conference Classification
North Georgia College & State University Charter Member 1999-2004 Peach Belt NCAA Division II
Georgia Southwestern State University Charter Member 1999-2006 Peach Belt NCAA Division II
Reinhardt College Charter Member 1999-2008 Appalachian Athletic NAIA Division I
Berry College Full Member 2004-2010 Independent NCAA Division III

Future members

Beginning in 2010–2011, the following schools will join the conference:[3]

Institution Location Team Name Founded Affiliation Enrollment Current Conference
Belhaven College Jackson, Mississippi Blazers 1883 Private (Presbyterian Church in the United States) 1,428 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Wolfpack 1904 Private (Jesuit) 4,858 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama Badgers 1830 Private (Jesuit) 1,756 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, Georgia Bears 1946 Private (Georgia Baptist Convention) 409 Independent
University of Mobile Prichard, Alabama Rams 1961 Private (Southern Baptist Convention) 1,577 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
William Carey University Hattiesburg, Mississippi Crusaders 1906 Private (Southern Baptist Convention) 3,250[3] Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

The conference will be aligned in these divisions:

  • Auburn-Montgomery
  • Belhaven
  • Faulker
  • Lee
  • Loyola-New Orleans
  • Mobile
  • Spring Hill
  • William Carey
  • Brenau
  • Brewton-Parker
  • Columbia
  • Emmanuel
  • Shorter
  • Southern Polytechnic State
  • Southern Wesleyan
  • Truett-McConnell


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  2. ^ "The Governance Structure of the SSAC". Southern States Athletic Conference. Retrieved November 4, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c "SSAC Members". Southern States Athletic Conference. Retrieved November 4, 2009.  

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