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About TLU Athletics

About TLU Athletics

 

Texas Lutheran Athletics - A Force in the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Texas Lutheran University is a proud member of the NCAA Division III, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and in football only,
the American Southwest Conference.

TLU started its transition from the NAIA and the NCAA Division II in 1999 and made the official transition into NCAA Division III for the
2002-03 athletics seasons.

The Bulldogs played as member of the NAIA up to the 2001-02 athletics seasons and had dual membership in the NAIA and NCAA Division II
from 1996 to 2002.

The Bulldogs were members of the NCAA Division III's American Southwest Conference from 2000-2013. Affiliate membership in the ASC started
in 1998 with the sport of football. TLU returned to the ASC as an affiliate in football for the 2017 season. TLU remains an affiliate member of
the ASC in football only.

The Bulldogs joined the NCAA Division III's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the start of the 2013-14 athletics seasons. Seventeen
of TLU's 18 intercollegiate sports compete in the SCAC. (Football competes in the ASC.)

TLU has won a total of 11 national championships in its years as a member of the NAIA and the NCAA. The list of TLU
national championships includes:


1967 NAIA National Championship by John Bohmann in Men's Golf
1974 NAIA-II National Championship in Football
1975 NAIA-II National Championship in Football
1975 AIAW-II National Championship in Women's Volleyball
1976 AIAW-II National Championship in Women's Volleyball
1991 NAIA National Championship by Cameron Beckman in Men's Golf
1999 NAIA National Championship by Elizabeth Hoffman in Women's Golf
2007 NCAA Division III National Championship in Indoor Women's Track & Field (4x400 meter relay)
2008 NCAA Division III National Championship in Outdoor Women's Track & Field (4x100 meter relay)
2010 NCAA Division III National Championship in Outdoor Women's Track & Field (Long Jump, Briana Aiken)
2017 NCAA Division III National Championship in Indoor Men's Track & Field (400 meters, Marquis Brown)

2019 NCAA Division III National Championship in Softball

In TLU Athletics history, the Bulldogs have produced:

12 National Championships
5 NCAA DIII National Championships
55 NCAA DIII National Top 10 Finishes
43 Conference Championships
21 Division Championships
75 NCAA DIII National Championship Appearances
116 NCAA DIII Playing All-Americans
38 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

In addition:
- Women's Track & Field has sent 77 student-athletes to the NCAA DIII Track & Field National Championships
(indoor and outdoor championships combined).
- The 2017-18 athletics year produced a pair of NCAA DIII national runner-up finishes - from the TLU Baseball Team and the
TLU Men's Track & Field 4x100 Meter Relay Team.
- The 2011 Men's Golf Team recorded a national finish of third.
- TLU student-athletes have claimed 2,012 Academic All-Conference Awards since 2002.
- Six Olympians (including gold medalist Eun Chul Lee and silver medalist Laurie Flachmeier Corbelli) have been enrolled at TLU.
- In 2017, TLU Softball's Amanda Lochte was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA DIII Softball.
- In 2018, TLU Baseball's Riley Schaefer received the NCAA's Elite 90 Award as the top student-athlete at the
NCAA DIII College Baseball World Series.

With the addition of men's cross country, men's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field for the 2014-15 athletics seasons,
TLU now has nine men's sports and nine women's sports at the varsity level for NCAA Division III. The complete list for TLU intercollegiate
sports includes:


Women's Sports (9)
Soccer
Volleyball
Cross Country
Basketball
Softball
Indoor Track and Field
Outdoor Track and Field
Golf
Tennis

Men's Sports (9)
Soccer
Cross Country
Football
Basketball
Indoor Track and Field
Outdoor Track and Field
Baseball
Golf
Tennis