Lubbock Christian University will join the Lone Star Conference in 2019, one of eight schools leaving the Heartland Conference to do so.
The Lone Star Conference made the announcement Wednesday. The LSC Council of Presidents voted unanimously this summer to offer full membership to LCU, Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist, Oklahoma Christian, Rogers State, St. Edward’s, St. Mary’s and Texas A&M International. The new additions, all from the Heartland Conference, will make the Lone Star Conference the largest in NCAA Division II with 19 members.
“We eagerly anticipate joining the Lone Star Conference in 2019, as we work to continue to provide our student athletes with opportunities to compete at the highest levels of NCAA Division II,” LCU President Tim Perrin said in the announcement. “LCU has a remarkable record of athletic success and this is an exciting next step for the university. At the same time, we are most grateful for the Heartland Conference and for the wonderful associations we have enjoyed there.”
LCU competed in the NAIA from 1970 through 2013, spending the final 19 seasons in the Sooner Athletic Conference. LCU then moved to NCAA Division II, completing a multi-year transition requirement to become a full member with postseason eligibility during the 2015-16 school year and won the national championship in women’s basketball that season. The Chaparrals and Lady Chaps first played Heartland Conference schedules in the 2o13-14 school year.
“We are very grateful to the Heartland Conference, its administrative staff, and all the institutions that have been a part of this league for the past four seasons,” LCU athletic director Paul Hise said in the announcement. “The conference supported our institution as we transitioned into NCAA Division II and helped guide us through the entire process.
“As we look forward to the 2019-2020 season, we are excited to compete in one of the premier Division II conferences in the nation. We believe the move into the Lone Star Conference will give our student-athletes and coaching staff some great opportunities to compete at the highest level while also creating new rivalries. We believe this change will also add to the overall student-athlete experience at LCU and we are looking forward to being a part of this historic conference.”
The expansion will give the Lone Star Conference 13 schools in Texas, three in Oklahoma, two in New Mexico and one in Arkansas.
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