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Hendrix College Announces Return to SCAC in 2025

Warriors to realign with athletic conference that was home from 1992 to 2012

CONWAY, Ark. (June 11, 2024) Hendrix College has announced that it will return to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) beginning in fall 2025. Hendrix was previously an SCAC member from 1992 to 2012.

The SCAC strategically aligns with the geographic region of Hendrix College’s student enrollment, student-athlete recruitment, and alumni base. Most of the other SCAC member schools are also in close proximity to Hendrix.

“With 92 percent of our student body originating from the geographic region represented by the SCAC, it made strategic sense to align Hendrix with another highly competitive conference from a student enrollment and student-athlete recruiting perspective,” said Hendrix College President Karen Petersen, Ph.D.

Hendrix’s move to the SCAC will bring the core membership to 12 NCAA Division III institutions spanning Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. Hendrix joins Austin College (Sherman, TX), Centenary College (Shreveport, LA), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO), Concordia University Texas (Austin, TX), the University of Dallas (Irving, TX), LeTourneau University (Longview, TX), McMurry University (Abilene, TX),  the University of the Ozarks (Clarksville, AR), Schreiner University (Kerrville, TX), the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX), and Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX). Hendrix’s Esports team is already an affiliate member of the SCAC, having joined the league during the program’s inaugural season.

“On behalf of the coaches and staff, I would like to say how excited we are to move forward into a new era for our athletics program,” said Amy Weaver, Hendrix College’s director of athletics. “Given the current expansion of the SCAC and our familiarity with many of the member institutions, the timing of our return to the SCAC could not be better. Membership in the SCAC continues to align Hendrix with other nationally competitive colleges and universities that strive to provide a transformative experience for our student-athletes.”

“I cannot fully express how excited I am to welcome Hendrix back to the SCAC,” said SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “Hendrix joined our league in 1992 and I came aboard three years later as the conference’s sports information intern. The first SCAC championship I attended as an employee of the conference was on the campus of Hendrix College. I have so many positive memories from my trips to Conway and all the years working with Cliff Garrison, Danny Powell, current athletic director Amy Weaver and many others. Having Hendrix back in the league feels like welcoming a family member back home.”

Hendrix will re-enter the SCAC as the league’s most-tenured member, with all but two member institutions having joined the SCAC in 2011 or beyond.

The SCAC sponsors championships in 18 sports – 9 for men and 9 for women. The conference has enjoyed national success, with SCAC members having collected 10 team championships and 35 individual championships since the conference’s first playing season in 1962.

Hendrix will depart the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) after serving as a charter member since 2012. Before joining the SCAC in 1992, Hendrix was a member of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) from 1929 to 1991.

“Hendrix is proud to have been a charter member of the SAA, and we will cherish the relationships and memories that we made during our time in the conference,” said Weaver.

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a four-year, private, residential, coeducational college of liberal arts and affiliated with the United Methodist Church with an undergraduate enrollment of 1,144 students representing 39 states and 17 countries. Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 22 NCAA Division III sports. Learn more at

“...Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” – Hendrix College Statement of Purpose