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NAIA full membership allows university to compete in championships

NAIA full membership allows university to compete in championships - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Darnell Smith, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports at Texas A&M University - San Antonio, addresses the crowd at the General's Growl pep rally to celebrate National Student-Athlete Day on April 6, 2021. Photo by Amber Esparza

Starting July 1, the university’s varsity sports teams will be eligible to compete in postseason championships in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Red River Athletic Conference.

The NAIA’s council of presidents approved Texas A&M University-San Antonio for full membership at the 80th Annual NAIA Convention May 26.

NAIA approved the athletics program for a provisional membership in 2020, and shortly after, A&M-San Antonio became RRAC members. 

University President Cynthia Teniente-Matson said the membership is a milestone for the university and the athletics program.

“I look forward to the continued successes of the athletics department and watching the student-athletes excel in the classroom and compete for national and conference championships,” Matson said in a May 27 press release.

A&M-San Antonio launched its varsity intercollegiate athletics program in January, with the softball and men’s golf team. Men’s and women’s soccer will launch this fall, bumping the university’s number of varsity teams to four.

Along with granting eligibility to compete in postseason, the membership will also allow the university to serve on national committees and vote on national issues, said Director of Athletics Darnell Smith.

“Active membership, and the privilege it entails, allows us to provide an exceptional experience for the student athletes in our growing program,” Smith said in the press release.

To keep up to date with the university’s teams and news, visit and follow the teams on social media:

  • Instagram: @tamusasports, @tamusa_softball and @tamusa_menssoccer.
  • Twitter: @TAMUSASports, @TAMUSAWomenS, @TAMUSA_MSoccer and @TamusaSoftball
  • Facebook: TAMUSASports

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Clarissa Martinez
Clarissa Martinez is a junior communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She loves writing about important issues and also loves exploring interesting topics, such as movie and music reviews. In her spare time, she loves listening to music, watching movies and television shows, and going to concerts. In the future, she hopes to end up with a career in Film and Television Production or in Journalism.

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