Thomas More Athletics Returning To NAIA

Before turning D-III in 1990, Thomas More athletics competed in the NAIA for over 40 years.

(Crestview Hills, Ky.) – Thomas More College athletics is returning to the NAIA.

Director of Athletics, Terry Connor, announced Tuesday that Thomas More will move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference effective July 1, 2019.

Upon joining the Mid-South Conference, Thomas More will compete against eight conference foes from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia.

"The NAIA and the Mid-South offer great rivalries and competition with academically sound institutions," stated Connor. "Thomas More is excited to be going back home to the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference."

The Saints athletic program has competed at the NCAA D-III level since 1990. Prior to that, Thomas More was a part of the NAIA for more than 40 years.

"In our conversations with representatives of the NAIA, their dedication to placing student development first was evident," stated Acting Thomas More President Dr. Kathleen Jagger. "Their character focus is consistent with our institutional mission. We are delighted to have this opportunity to join a competitive conference, with common academic standards and geographic proximity that will minimize the travel time for our student-athletes."

The NAIA has over 250 member institutions, which have an average full-time enrollment of 1,700 students.

Academically the NAIA is known for its "Play NAIA" eligibility center. The Play NAIA program functions similarly to the NCAA Division I and II Clearinghouse. The NAIA evaluates students' ACT/SAT scores, grade point averages, and class ranks in order to determine if student-athletes are eligible to compete in NAIA athletics.

"The Mid-South Conference is excited to welcome Thomas More College as our newest full-member institution," said Mid-South Commissioner Eric Ward. "Thomas More is a great fit, academically and athletically, and its membership will only enhance the Mid-South's reputation and competitiveness. We welcome Acting President Jagger, director of athletics Terry Connor and the coaches, staff and student-athletes at Thomas More to the Mid-South Conference and the NAIA."

More from Local Sports


Events

  • Nicotine Action Alliance Meeting

    The Nicotine Action Alliance of Dearborn County Action Team is a group of professionals who provide direct services to residents of Dearborn County and are concerned about the health and well being of those persons as it relates to the use of Nicotine products of all kinds. Meeting are held via ZOOM Meeting ID 81366754462 PASCODE 517176 This Action team works with the local Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coordinator through the Dearborn County Health Department on the goals and objectives in the capacity building grant from the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission.

  • Learn the Bagpipes or Highland Drumming

    The 35th Indiana Pipes and Drums are looking for those interested in learning how to play Bagpipes or Highland Drumming. No musical experieance needed, all ages welcome, Come join a fun filled group of people and become part of our family of pipers and drummers.

    at Lawrenceburg Fire Station #2
  • Hillforest House Museum

    Overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, the beautiful Hillforest Victorian House Museum was built in 1855 for industrialist Thomas Graff. Its unique shape is said to be inspired by steamboats of the 19th century. The site has been operating as a historic house museum since 1956 and is one of 11 National Historic Landmarks in southern Indiana. Hillforest opens for tours today and hosts many special events throughout the season. Overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, the beautiful Hillforest Victorian House Museum was built in 1855 for industrialist Thomas Graff. Its unique shape is said to be inspired by steamboats of the 19th century. The site has been operating as a historic house museum since 1956 and is one of 11 National Historic Landmarks in southern Indiana. Hillforest open NOW…Tuesday - Friday, 11 AM - 3 PM (last tour begins at 2:15 PM) and Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 5 PM (last tour begins at 4:15 PM). (Closed major holidays). Available for special events and teas!

    at Hillforest Victorian House Museum

Prescription Drug Take Back Events Scheduled in Franklin Co.

The two drug take back events will be the last drive-thru events of 2022.

IHCDA Open Applications for Indiana’s Energy and Water Assistance Programs

Funding available to help households pay their energy and water/wastewater utility bills.

East Central Students Create Fill The Bus Drive to Support Hurricane Victims

Trojans Exchange is also selling t-shirts with all proceeds going to Floridians in need.

Local Sports Report - October 4, 2022

The Boys Tennis State Tournament rolled on, while Boys and Girls Soccer Sectional play got underway.

EC's Laney Baker Commits to Thomas More

East Central girls basketball will play their first game of the 2022-23 season on Nov. 2 at SD.

Beacon Ortho: How Can You Prevent Fractures This Fall

According to the CDC, about one in four adults (28%) age 65 and older report falling each year.

On Air

Jeremy playing
Thomas Rhett - What's Your Country Song

Holly Dunn You Really Had Me Going 11:30
Luke Bryan Country On 11:26
Alan Jackson Country Boy 11:22
Kenny Chesney Get Along 11:18