The American Southwest Conference was formed May 23, 1996 and became a voting member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III August 1, 1998. The ASC is one of the largest intercollegiate athletic conferences in NCAA Division III with 15 member institutions for the 2006-07 academic year.
Founded to provide a structure for intercollegiate athletics among the member institutions, the ASC includes former members of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA) and other institutions outside the Texas borders. From the eight founding institutions to today's present group of 15 college and universities, the ASC encompasses institutions sharing similar educational and athletic philosophies. Spreading across four states -- Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi -- the ASC offers student-athletes competition in 16 sports with opportunity for advancement in both conference and NCAA Division III championships.
The roster of American Southwest Conference members in 2006-07 includes Concordia University at Austin, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University, LeTourneau University, Louisiana College, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, McMurry University, Mississippi College, University of the Ozarks, Schreiner University, Sul Ross State University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Tyler, and Texas Lutheran University.
ASC championships are conducted in 16 sports (8 men, 8 women). Men's championships are offered in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field. Women's championships are offered in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
The American Southwest Conference is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Amy Carlton serves as Interim Commissioner replacing Fred Jacoby, the first Commissioner of the ASC who retired June 30, 2006.
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