San Antonio - Trinity University Director of Athletics Bob King announces the Tiger football team will become an affiliate member of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), beginning in the 2017 season.
Trinity currently competes in football in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), and the Tigers will continue their outstanding relationship with the SCAC in the rest of the 17 intercollegiate sports.
“Our main reason for pursuing this affiliation is scheduling,” revealed King. “This will give our football team eight games guaranteed every year, leaving us just two games to fill a schedule. This is crucial to the success of our program moving forward.”
Trinity and current SCAC member Austin College will both make the transition into affiliate membership in the SAA, beginning in 2017. Trinity and Austin will join seven other members of the SAA for football, including Berry (GA) College, Birmingham-Southern (AL) College, Hendrix (AR) College, Millsaps (MS) College, Rhodes (TN) College, and Sewanee: University of the South (TN). Most of these schools are also former members of the SCAC, so the new partnership provides a chance to renew old relationships.
“Being able to renew old friendships and rivalries in football was just an added bonus in this partnership,” continued King. “We couldn’t be more excited about the future of Trinity football in the SAA.”
Trinity has an affinity with many of the SAA institutions in that they share similar missions and educational approaches. “As we sought opportunities to expand beyond SCAC, the SAA is a natural fit for Trinity football as these institutions share our student-athlete philosophy,” said Trinity President Danny Anderson.“
Led by second-year Head Coach Jerheme Urban, Trinity finished the campaign with an 8-2 overall record, doubling the wins of last season's 4-6 mark. The Tigers placed as runners-up in the SCAC, with a 2-1 record. Since 1993, Trinity brought home 16 SCAC Championships.
“I am absolutely ecstatic about the opportunity to be an affiliate member of the SAA for football, and the chance to be aligned with these prestigious universities again,” said Trinity Head Coach Jerheme Urban. “I believe that the future of Trinity football will definitely be enhanced by this opportunity, and that we will be able to provide a college football experience unique to most small school programs. As an alumnus of the Trinity football program, I can personally attest to the valuable learning experiences that I was afforded because of our trips throughout the southern United States. I look forward to our young men taking multiple flight trips a year to many of those same tradition-rich universities, and building bonds and memories that will last a lifetime. I am very thankful to the SAA membership schools, as well as the Trinity administration, for working together and allowing this opportunity to happen for the young men of Trinity football.”
Trinity will begin working immediately with the SAA Office and member institutions to develop a football schedule for 2017 and subsequent years.