- THOMAS NELSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE GATORS
- BLUE LIGHTS COLLEGE THOROUGHBREDS
- HOSANNA COLLEGE WARBIRDS
- CAROLINA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CENTURIONS
- VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG DRAGONS
NSAC Statement on #BlackLivesMatter
The New South Athletic Conference is proud of the diversity among its member schools, and we stand with our brothers and sisters of color in declaring that black lives do matter. We call on our nation's leaders to take the difficult but necessary steps to eradicate racism and the use of unnecessary force among those who are sworn to protect us. We also look inward to search our own hearts for any root of injustice that may lie within. May peace, compassion, and love carry the day. #BlackLivesMatter
Thomas Nelson CC joins NSAC!
Thomas Nelson Community College of Hampton, Virginia is now the fifth charter member of the New South Athletic Conference.
TNCC joins Blue Lights College (Apex, NC), Carolina Christian College (Winston-Salem, NC), Hosanna Bible College (Durham, NC), and Virginia University of Lynchburg (VA) for the 2020-21 academic year. Discussions with other schools continue in anticipation of play beginning this fall.
“I am very pleased that Thomas Nelson has joined the NSAC,” said Mike Davis, athletic director at Blue Lights College and director of the conference. “(Men’s basketball) Coach Chris Moore is building a solid program there, and the Gators will be a force to be reckoned with night in and night out.”
Men’s basketball will be the first sport sanctioned by the NSAC, culminating with the inaugural NSAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament February 12 and 13, 2021, in Durham.
Women’s basketball is now in the planning stages for the 2021-22 season.
While the beginning of athletic competition is still contingent upon the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, conference members remain hopeful that a full season and the tournament will be completed.
North Carolina, Virginia Schools Join Forces in NSAC!
Sensing the need for a level playing field for small college athletics in North Carolina and Virginia, four schools have joined forces to form the New South Athletic Conference with play beginning this fall.
The charter member schools are:
- Blue Lights College (Apex, NC)
- Carolina Christian College (Winston-Salem, NC)
- Hosanna Bible College (Durham, NC)
- Virginia University of Lynchburg (VA)
Discussions with other schools are continuing.
“This is something that we have been working on for over two years, and it is very exciting to see it come to fruition,” said Mike Davis, athletic director at BLC who will also serve as director for the conference. “It gives all our schools the opportunity to play for a title, grow some natural rivalries, as well as help with scheduling and recruiting.”
Play in the NSAC will begin this fall with men’s basketball. The season will culminate with the inaugural NSAC Men’s Basketball Tournament February 12 and 13, 2021, in Durham. Women’s basketball is now in the planning stages for the 2021-22 season.
The beginning of athletic competition is still contingent upon the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in time for the start the basketball season. “We’re hopeful that by this fall we will be in a place for the college sports we love to return,” added Davis.
The league is not affiliated with a national athletic body, although some member schools will retain their memberships with national associations.