Belmont the latest to make OVC jump
Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:02 am
BRENTWOOD — The Ohio Valley Conference announced Friday morning that Belmont University has been admitted to the conference and will become the league’s 12th member.
The move was approved by the OVC Board of Presidents.
Belmont will officially become a member of the OVC on July 1, 2012 and its athletic teams will begin competing in the Conference in the 2012-13 season.
“Given Belmont Univer-sity’s commitment to excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing fields, they are a wonderful fit for the Ohio Valley Conference,” said Beth DeBauche, OVC commissioner. “I am delighted to welcome them to the Conference.
“They are a wonderful addition and the right fit for the OVC.”
“The addition of Belmont University adds great value to our already stable and healthy conference,” said Dr. Thomas Rakes, University of Tennessee at Martin chancellor and current chair of the OVC Board of Presidents.
With a total enrollment of 5,936 (and an expected enrollment of over 6,000 in the fall of 2011), Belmont is located in Nashville.
Belmont’s campus is just nine miles north of the OVC’s Brentwood headquarters.
Belmont competes in 17 sports (eight men’s sports and nine women’s sports), 16 of which will compete in the OVC (the exception being men’s soccer which is not sponsored by the OVC).
The Bruins have competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference since 2001-02 and will compete in its final year in that league in 2011-12 before joining the OVC.