Shorter University is hoping that a change of conference scenery will help end one of the losingest decades for a college in history.
Over the last 10 years (excluded are current sports that are playing)
Baseball (191-207-1) 4 winning seasons
Basketball (75-166) 2 winning seasons
Football (14-73) 0 winning seasons
Lacrosse (29-79) 1 winning seasons
Soccer (52-80) 1 winning seasons
Tennis (36-108) 0 winning seasons
Basketball (70-146) 1 winning seasons
Lacross (32-74) 1 winning season
Soccer (38-124-7) 1 winning season
Softball (203-216) 4 winning seasons
Tennis (72-91) 3 winning seasons
Volleyball (164-113) 6 winning seasons
Under the current Athletics Director Richard Hendrix, Shorter has only posted 3 winning seasons for every sport.
The Conference Carolinas Board of Directors have voted unanimously in favor of the addition of Shorter University as the 15th member of the NCAA Division II conference.
“We are extremely excited about this historic announcement for Conference Carolinas,” Commissioner Chris Colvin said. “The addition of Shorter University allows us the opportunity to add another institution that aligns tremendously with our conference beliefs and values, while also being a first-class institution with a commitment to a strong athletics program. They also accomplish our overall goal of continuing to make our conference stronger, particularly with our recent announcement of our commitment to a three-division model in certain sports. We know they will help us continue to lead the way in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of competition as we continue to strive daily to work with our member institutions to help develop champions in body, mind and soul.”
Shorter has accepted its invitation and will officially begin competition in Conference Carolinas in the 2024-25 academic year.
The addition of Shorter will also allow Conference Carolinas to sponsor football as a conference sport for the first time since 1974-75. The conference will officially start sponsoring football in the 2025-26 academic year. Conference Carolinas football will feature Barton, Chowan, Erskine, UNC Pembroke, North Greenville and Shorter in the 2025 season.
“Shorter University is excited about joining Conference Carolinas, which holds a similar mission to Shorter in producing athletic champions in body, mind and soul,” Shorter President Dr. Donald Dowless said. “The institutions represented in Conference Carolinas closely resemble Shorter in strategic vision, enrollment, academic success and spiritual growth. As an institution rooted in and committed to Biblical truth, we strive for excellence because our Lord Jesus Christ has called us to exemplify Him through the gifts he has given each individual. Shorter University’s athletic program continues to gain momentum through committed coaches, faculty, staff, dedicated athletes and wonderful community support.”
Shorter sponsors 19 NCAA Division II varsity intercollegiate athletic programs. Shorter also sponsors two competitive cheerleading squads that compete nationally each year.
Current Conference Carolinas Membership
*Atlantic Christian/Barton: 1930-31–present
Belmont Abbey: 1989-90–present
Francis Marion: 2021–present
Mount Olive: 1988-89–present
UNC Pembroke: 1976-92; 2021-22–present
North Greenville: 2011-12—present
Southern Wesleyan: 2016-17–present
Young Harris: 2023-24