Beacon College Accepts Invitation to Join NSAC

The New South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Beacon College of Leesburg, Florida will become the league’s 11th member effective immediately.

The Blazers employ a unique teaching model as the first college in the nation accredited to award bachelor’s degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities and ADHD.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of the New South Athletic Conference,” said athletic director Gabe Watson. “We are looking forward to engaging in spirited rivalries in this new opportunity.”

“Beacon College athletics has become well known in Florida as a competitive program in its short history,” said NSAC Commissioner Mike Davis. “Having gotten to know Gabe over the past year, I can say that Beacon athletics is in good hands, and we are proud to welcome the Blazers to the league.”

The Blazers also sport a high-profile head coach. NBA veteran Sam Vincent is beginning his third season at the helm of the men’s basketball program. Beacon sponsors women’s basketball, golf, and track & field as well.

Beacon is a full Division 1 member of the USCAA.

John Melvin Christian College (FL) Approved for Membership

After previously approving John Melvin University of Crowley, Louisiana for membership, the New South Athletic Conference Board of Directors extended an invitation to JMU’s sister institution, John Melvin Christian College of Pace, Florida, to join for the 2024-25 season.

JMCC will formally open this fall and sponsor teams in men’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and possibly softball.

“We are blessed with the opportunity to be part of a great conference with high-quality competition,” said Jean Melvin Angeron, Co-Founder of JMCC. “The NSAC is a great fit for our mission to help students advance academically, athletically, and spiritually.”

“It was natural for us to accept both institutions,” said NSAC Commissioner Mike Davis. “We look forward to ‘Excelling Together’ for years to come.”

    SC Central Christian College Set to Join NSAC

    The New South Athletic Conference continues to grow, and now is pleased to welcome South Carolina Central Christian College as a member for the 2024-25 academic year.

    SC Central is a startup in greater Columbia, South Carolina with a charter school and a post-grad program in its heritage and now transitioning to a four-year institution.

    “South Carolina Central Christian College is excited about the future of our athletic program,” said athletic director Demond Logan. “Our journey has just begun, and we would like to thank the New South Athletic Conference for allowing us to become part of a conference that aligns with our goals and mission as a small institution of higher learning. S4C’s focus is to give our student-athletes opportunities to excel academically while providing opportunities to excel and be recognized for their athletic achievements.”

    “It was a pleasure to meet President Dr. Paula Shelby and Demond recently as we discussed the vision and mission of our institutions,” said NSAC commissioner Mike Davis. “I see a lot of synergy. I’m happy to welcome the Gladiators to the league.”

    SC Central will sponsor men’s basketball, football, and volleyball when they open this fall in Cayce.

    NSAC Welcomes John Melvin University

    In a unanimous vote, the New South Athletic Conference Board of Directors has approved the membership of John Melvin University for the 2024-25 season.

    JMU, located in Crowley, Louisiana, was founded in 2021 and named in honor of John Melvin, the late brother of college co-founder Jean Melvin Angeron. The first classes were held in 2022.

    Jean’s husband David serves as JMU’s president and athletic director. “John Melvin University is excited to join the New South Athletic Conference,” said President Angeron. “We look forward to competing with these great institutions across the Southeastern U.S. We feel the NSAC is a great fit for us, and we are blessed with the opportunity to join their mission of giving student-athletes opportunities to excel and be recognized for their achievements on the court, on the field, and in the classroom.”

    “I am thrilled to welcome the Millers to the New South Conference,” said NSAC Commissioner Mike Davis. “Even as a very young institution, it was clear to our board that JMU is doing the right things in the right way to be a viable and successful university academically and athletically. It has been a pleasure working through the membership process with David and his staff, and we look forward to a long and prosperous future together.”

    John Melvin University currently sponsors men’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, and football, with more sports planned.

    NSAC Welcomes Atlantis University

    New South Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Davis has announced the addition of Atlantis University in Miami, Florida to the NSAC effective immediately.

    “I am pleased to welcome the Atlanteans to the conference,” said Davis. “In just a very short time, Atlantis has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the USCAA, and their presence in the NSAC will be felt right away. They bring a number of quality sports teams and they continue to grow their offerings, The conference looks forward to growing along with them.”

    Last year, AU’s first season in the USCAA, Atlantis teams advanced to the USCAA national tournaments in men’s basketball, baseball, and men’s soccer.

    The Atlanteans will open conference action by participating in NSAC men’s basketball in 2023-24.

    NSAC Unveils New Logo

    Today, the New South Athletic Conference revealed its new logo as the league launches into its fourth season.

    “The time was right for a fresh look,” said commissioner Mike Davis. “As the NSAC expands into new markets and sports, we wanted a bold new identifier that would be immediately recognizable and unique.”

    The conference recently announced the addition of Lighthouse Christian College of Florida as a new member and is in talks with other possible new additions as well.

    The new design, incorporating a blue ring surrounding a 3-D effect “NSAC,” has already met with approval.

    “Our board liked it right away,” Davis commented. “I think it puts the look of the New South brand on a par with conferences much larger than our own. We believe this logo will carry us into the future and all the possibilities that holds.”

    Lighthouse Christian College Joins NSAC for ’23-24

    The New South Athletic Conference expanded its membership and its footprint in a big way by accepting Lighthouse Christian College of Gulf Breeze, Florida as a full member effective immediately.

    Wayne Albury, longtime athletic director at NAIA-member Peru State in Nebraska, has accepted the same position at LCC. “We are excited to join the New South Conference and compete for recognition both athletically and academically,” said Albury.

    “This is a big step for the New South,” said NSAC commissioner Mike Davis. “By growing our footprint into Florida, we are planning for the future of the conference. Our current member schools are united in their support of bringing Lighthouse into the fold and building a solid foundation for the future. Lighthouse has strong leadership with a solid educational pedigree in the Florida Panhandle. The Makos will certainly make a splash right away.”

    LCC will participate in men’s basketball and baseball beginning this fall.