Southwestern Athletic Conference

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Southwestern Athletic Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference logo.svg
Association NCAA
Founded1920
CommissionerCharles McClelland
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
Division Division I
Subdivision FCS
No. of teams12
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama
Region Southern
Official website www.swac.org
Locations
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The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which is made up of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for most sports; in football, it participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly referred to as Division I-AA.

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The SWAC is widely considered the premier HBCU conference and ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of alumni affiliated with professional sports teams, particularly in football. [1] On the gridiron, the conference has been the biggest draw on the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level of the NCAA, leading the nation in average home attendance every year except one since FCS has been in existence. [2] [3] In 1994, the SWAC fell just 40,000 fans short of becoming the first non-Football Bowl Subdivision conference to attract one million fans to its home games.

History

Location of SWAC members
Location of SWAC members: Red pog.svg East Division, Black pog.svg West Division

In 1920, athletic officials from six Texas HBCUs C.H. Fuller of Bishop College, Red Randolph and C.H. Patterson of Paul Quinn College, E.G. Evans, H.J. Evans and H.J. Starns of Prairie View A&M, D.C. Fuller of Texas College and G. Whitte Jordan of Wiley College met in Houston to discuss common interests. At this meeting, they agreed to form a new league, the SWAC.[ citation needed ]

Paul Quinn became the first of the original members to withdraw from the league in 1929. When Langston University of Oklahoma was admitted into the conference two years later, it began the migration of state-supported institutions into the SWAC. Southern University entered the ranks in 1934, followed by Arkansas AM&N (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1936 and Texas Southern University in 1954.[ citation needed ]

Rapid growth in enrollment of the state-supported schools made it difficult for the church-supported schools to finance their athletics programs and one by one they fell victim to the growing prowess of the state-supported colleges. Huston–Tillotson (formerly Samuel Huston) withdrew from the conference in 1954, [4] Bishop in 1956, and Langston in 1957—one year before the admittance of two more state-supported schools: Grambling College and Jackson State College. The enter-exit cycle continued in 1962 when Texas College withdrew, [5] followed by the admittance of Alcorn A&M (now Alcorn State University) that same year. Wiley left in 1968, the same year Mississippi Valley State College entered. Arkansas AM&N exited in 1970 and Alabama State University entered in 1982. Arkansas–Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas AM&N) rejoined the SWAC on July 1, 1997, regaining full-member status one year later. Alabama A&M University became the conference's tenth member when it became a full member in September 1999 after a one-year period as an affiliate SWAC member. [6] Most of the former SWAC members that have left the conference are currently a part of the Red River Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

On 3 September 2020, the SWAC had announced that there would be a division realignment with the additions of Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University beginning with the 2021–22 academic year; which both would compete in the SWAC East, while Alcorn State would be moving to the SWAC West. [7]

Chronological timeline

Competitions

The SWAC is one of three conferences the others being the Ivy League and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference that does not automatically participate in the FCS football playoffs but can be invited via an at-large invitation as was the case in 2021 with SWAC member Florida A&M University who was invited over SWAC conference football champion Jackson State, who as the conference champion, was obligated via contract the SWAC has with the Celebration Bowl to play in the 2021 Celebration Bowl and so therefore could not participate in the FCS football playoffs. The SWAC instead splits its schools into two divisions, and plays a conference championship game. Three of the SWAC's teams, Alabama State in the Turkey Day Classic and Grambling and Southern in the Bayou Classic, play their last games of the regular season on Thanksgiving weekend, preventing the SWAC Championship from being decided until the first weekend of December, long after the tournament is underway. The SWAC has occasionally been a participant in bowl games, the most recent being the Celebration Bowl, which features the SWAC as one of its tie-ins.[ citation needed ]

Current championship competition offered by the SWAC includes competition for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track & field and tennis. Women's competition is offered in the sports of basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track & field, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. [6]

Member schools

Current full members

The SWAC currently has 12 full members, all but one are public schools:

InstitutionLocationFoundedAffiliationEnrollmentNicknameJoinedColors
East Division
Alabama A&M University Huntsville, Alabama 1875Public6,172 Bulldogs (men's)
Lady Bulldogs (women's)
1999   
Alabama State University Montgomery, Alabama 1867Public4,190 Hornets (men's)
Lady Hornets (women's)
1982   
Bethune–Cookman University Daytona Beach, Florida 1904 United
Methodist
2,901 Wildcats (men's)
Lady Wildcats (women's)
2021   
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, Florida 1887Public9,626 Rattlers (men's)
Lady Rattlers (women's)
2021   
Jackson State University Jackson, Mississippi 1877Public7,080 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
1958     
Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, Mississippi 1950Public2,147 Delta Devils (men's)
Devilettes (women's)
1968   
West Division
Alcorn State University Lorman, Mississippi 1871Public3,523 Braves (men's)
Lady Braves (women's)
1962   
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas 1873Public2,498 Golden Lions (men's)
Golden Lady Lions (women's)
1936;
1997 [lower-alpha 1]
   
Grambling State University Grambling, Louisiana 1901Public5,438 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
1958   
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas 1876Public9,350 Panthers (men's)
Lady Panthers (women's)
1920   
Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1880Public7,140 Jaguars (men's)
Lady Jaguars (women's)
1935   
Texas Southern University Houston, Texas 1947Public7,524 Tigers (men's)
Lady Tigers (women's)
1954   
Notes
  1. Arkansas–Pine Bluff left the SWAC after the 1969–70 school year as Arkansas AM&N; before re-joining in the 1997–98 school year as an affiliate, and to gain full member status the following season (1998–99).

Former members

The SWAC had six former full members, all but one were private schools:

InstitutionLocationFoundedAffiliationEnrollmentNicknameJoinedLeftCurrent
conference
Bishop College Marshall, Texas [lower-alpha 1] 1881 Baptist HMS N/A Tigers 1920–211955–56N/A [lower-alpha 2]
Huston–Tillotson University [lower-alpha 3] Austin, Texas 1881 Methodist,
Church of Christ
900 Rams 1920–211953–54 [4] Red River (RRAC)
(NAIA)
Langston University Langston, Oklahoma 1897Public3,922 Lions 1931–321956–57 Sooner (SAC)
(NAIA)
Paul Quinn College Dallas, Texas 1872 A.M.E. Church 1,020 Tigers 1920–211928–29 Red River (RRAC)
(NAIA)
Texas College Tyler, Texas 1894 C.M.E. Church 600 Steers 1920–211961–62 [5] Red River (RRAC)
(NAIA)
Wiley College Marshall, Texas 1873 United Methodist 1,200 Wildcats 1920–211967–68 Gulf Coast (RRAC)
(NAIA)
Notes
  1. Bishop was originally at Marshall, Texas during its tenure with the SWAC until 1961, when the college was moved to Dallas, Texas until the school's closing in 1988
  2. Bishop was closed in 1988. Upon its closure, Paul Quinn College relocated from Waco to Dallas and re-established itself at the Bishop College campus.
  3. Formerly known as Samuel Huston College until its merger with Tillotson College on October 24, 1952.

Divisional realignment

Alcorn State moved to the West Division with the additions of both Bethune–Cookman and Florida A&M in 2021.

East DivisionWest Division
Alabama A&MAlcorn State
Alabama StateArkansas–Pine Bluff
Bethune–CookmanGrambling State
Florida A&MPrairie View A&M
Jackson StateSouthern
Mississippi Valley StateTexas Southern

Membership timeline

Bethune–Cookman UniversityFlorida A&M UniversityAlabama A&M UniversityAlabama State UniversityMississippi Valley State UniversityAlcorn State UniversityJackson State UniversityGrambling State UniversityTexas Southern UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Pine BluffSouthern UniversityLangston UniversityWiley CollegeTexas CollegeHuston–Tillotson UniversityPrairie View A&M UniversityPaul Quinn CollegeBishop CollegeSouthwestern Athletic Conference

Sports

The SWAC sponsors championship competitions in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports: [8]

Teams in Southwestern Athletic Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
12
-
Basketball
12
12
Bowling
-
9
Cross Country
10
12
Football
12
-
Golf
7
4
Soccer
-
10
Softball
-
12
Tennis
8
11
Track and Field (Indoor)
12
12
Track and Field (Outdoor)
12
12
Volleyball
-
12

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
FootballGolfTennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total SWAC
Sports
Alabama A&MGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Alabama StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Alcorn StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Arkansas-Pine BluffGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Bethune-CookmanGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Florida A&MGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
Grambling StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
Jackson StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Mississippi ValleyGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Prairie ViewGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
SouthernGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg6
Texas SouthernGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Totals1212101278121285

    Women's sponsored sports by school

    SchoolBasketballBowlingCross
    Country
    GolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack & Field
    (Indoor)
    Track & Field
    (Outdoor)
    VolleyballTotal SWAC
    Sports
    Alabama A&MGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
    Alabama StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
    Alcorn StateGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
    Arkansas-Pine BluffGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
    Bethune-CookmanGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
    Florida A&MGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
    Grambling StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
    Jackson StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
    Mississippi ValleyGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
    Prairie ViewGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
    SouthernGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
    Texas SouthernGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
    Totals129124101211121212106

      Facilities

      SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
      Alabama A&M Louis Crews Stadium 21,000 Elmore Gymnasium 6,000 Bulldog Field 500
      Alabama State Hornet Stadium 26,500 ASU Acadome 7,400 Wheeler–Watkins Baseball Complex 500
      Alcorn State Spinks-Casem Stadium 22,500 Davey Whitney Complex 7,000 Foster Baseball Field at McGowan Stadium
      Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lion Stadium 16,000 K. L. Johnson Complex 4,500 Torii Hunter Baseball/Softball Complex 1,000
      Bethune–Cookman Daytona Stadium 10,000 Moore Gymnasium 3,000 Jackie Robinson Ballpark 4,200 [9]
      Florida A&M Bragg Memorial Stadium 25,500 [10] Al Lawson Teaching Gym 9,639 [11] Moore–Kittles Field 500 [12]
      Grambling State Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium 19,600 Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center 7,500 Wilbert Ellis Field at Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Park 1,100
      Jackson State Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 44,215 Williams Assembly Center 8,000 Braddy Field 800
      Mississippi Valley Rice–Totten Stadium 10,000 Harrison HPER Complex 5,000 Magnolia Field 120
      Prairie View A&M Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field 15,000 William Nicks Building 6,500 John W. Tankersley Field 512 [13]
      Southern Ace W. Mumford Stadium 29,000 F. G. Clark Center 7,500 Lee–Hines Field 1,500
      Texas Southern PNC Stadium 22,000 Health and Physical Education Arena 8,100 MacGregor Park

      SWAC championships

      A medal podium at the 2021 SWAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship SWAC Track Field 69.jpg
      A medal podium at the 2021 SWAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship

      Football

      Prior to splitting into divisions and using a postseason championship game to decide its overall champion, the SWAC determined its champions by winning-percentage against conference opponents in regular season play.

      In 1933 Langston appeared to win the title outright with a 4-0 conference record after the regular season, while Wiley finished 4–1, and Prairie View A&M finished 3–1. Langston was invited to the Prairie View Bowl, which was won by Prairie View. The Panthers subsequently declared themselves SWAC champions even though their claim was based on a postseason game. The SWAC seems to acknowledge both schools' claims to the title in the conference's football media guide, [14] although some other sources [15] including Michael Hurd's Black College Football, 1892–1992: One Hundred Years of History, Education, and Pride (1993) also list Wiley as an additional co-champion, apparently since all three schools had 4-1 records against conference opponents if the postseason game is incorporated into the regular season conference standings.

      Prairie View vacated [15] its 1941 championship. [16] No championship was awarded in 1943 due to World War II. [15] Grambling State vacated its 1975 championship due to a violation of SWAC rules for scheduling opponents.

      Games from 1999 to 2012 were played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference moved the game in 2013 to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Starting in 2019, the game will officially be played at the first place team's home Since 2015, the winner of the SWAC plays the winner of the MEAC conference in an overall HBCU championship bowl game called the Celebration Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The MEAC gave up its automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs for this game.

      Texas Southern vacated its 2010 championship due to violations of NCAA rules. [17]

      The 2020-21 football season was played during Spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      YearChampionRunner-upScore
      1999 Southern Jackson State 31–30
      2000 Grambling State Alabama A&M 14–6
      2001 Grambling State Alabama State 38–31
      2002 Grambling State Alabama A&M 31–19
      2003 Southern Alabama State 20–9
      2004 Alabama State Southern 40–35
      2005 Grambling State Alabama A&M 45–6
      2006 Alabama A&M Arkansas–Pine Bluff 22–13
      2007 Jackson State Grambling State 42–31
      2008 Grambling State Jackson State 41–9
      2009 Prairie View A&M Alabama A&M 30-24
      2010 Texas Southern (vacated) Alabama State 11–6
      2011 Grambling State Alabama A&M 16–15
      2012 Arkansas–Pine Bluff Jackson State 24–21
      2013 Southern Jackson State 34–27
      2014 Alcorn State Southern 38–24
      2015 Alcorn State Grambling State 49–21 [18]
      2016 Grambling State Alcorn State 27–20
      2017 Grambling State Alcorn State 40–32
      2018 Alcorn State Southern 37–28
      2019 Alcorn State Southern 39–24
      2020 Alabama A&M Arkansas–Pine Bluff 40–33
      2021 Jackson State Prairie View A&M 27–10

      Since splitting into western and eastern divisions and using a postseason championship game to decide its overall champion, the SWAC determines its division champions by winning-percentage against conference opponents in regular season play. For the 1999 season only, inter-divisional conference games did not count in the conference standings. Each division's outright champion or top-seeded co-champion advances to the championship game. [14]

      Texas Southern vacated its 2010 division championship due to violations of NCAA rules. [17]

      YearWestern Division champion(s)Eastern Division champion(s)
      1999 Southern Jackson State
      2000 Grambling State Alabama A&M*
      Alabama State
      2001 Grambling State Alabama State
      2002 Grambling State Alabama A&M
      2003 Southern*
      Grambling State
      Alabama State*
      Alcorn State
      2004 Southern Alabama State
      2005 Grambling State Alabama A&M
      2006 Arkansas–Pine Bluff Alabama A&M
      2007 Grambling State Jackson State
      2008 Grambling State Jackson State
      2009 Prairie View A&M Alabama A&M
      2010 Texas Southern* (vacated)
      Grambling State
      Alabama State*
      Jackson State
      2011 Grambling State Alabama A&M*
      Alabama State
      Jackson State**
      2012 Arkansas–Pine Bluff Jackson State*
      Alabama State
      2013 Southern Jackson State
      2014 Southern Alcorn State
      2015 Grambling State Alcorn State
      2016 Grambling State Alcorn State
      2017 Grambling State Alcorn State
      2018 Southern Alcorn State
      2019 Southern Alcorn State
      2020 Arkansas–Pine Bluff Alabama A&M
      2021 Prairie View A&M Jackson State

      Note: an asterisk denotes the division's top-seeded co-champion and representative in the SWAC Championship Game; a double-asterisk denotes that the division's co-champion was ineligible for the SWAC Championship Game due to a violation of SWAC rules that were in effect from 2011 to 2014 concerning Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. [19] [20]

      Starting with the 2021 season with the additions of both Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M, the football schedule is as follows:

      Celebration Bowl results

      YearMEAC teamSWAC teamAttendanceSeries
      2015 North Carolina A&T Aggies 41 Alcorn State Braves 3435,528MEAC 1–0
      2016 North Carolina Central Eagles 9 Grambling State Tigers 1031,096Tied 1–1
      2017 North Carolina A&T Aggies 21 Grambling State Tigers 1425,873MEAC 2–1
      2018 North Carolina A&T Aggies 24 Alcorn State Braves 2231,672MEAC 3–1
      2019 North Carolina A&T Aggies 64 Alcorn State Braves 4432,968MEAC 4–1
      2021 South Carolina State Bulldogs 31 Jackson State Tigers 1048,653MEAC 5–1

      Men's basketball

      The 1977–78 season was the SWAC's first as an NCAA Division I basketball conference. [21]

      The semi-final and championship SWAC Basketball Tournament games are held at the Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. [22] As of the 2017 tournaments, [23] they feature an eight-team three-day layout with the quarterfinal rounds hosted on campus sites. This changes the previous 10-team, five-day tournament format. The higher seeded teams will host a combined eight games leaving two days for travel and practice rounds. The tournament concludes with the semi-finals and championship rounds inside Birmingham's Bill Harris Arena. Winners of the tournaments earn automatic bids to their respective NCAA Division I Tournaments. The championship games are nationally televised live annually on an ESPN network.

      YearRegular seasonCoachTournamentCoach
      1956–57 Texas Southern Ed Adamsnot held
      1957–58 Texas Southern Ed Adams
      1958–59 Grambling State Fred Hobdy
      1959–60 Grambling State Fred Hobdy
      1960–61 Prairie View A&M Leroy Moore Jr.
      1961–62 Prairie View A&M Leroy Moore Jr.
      1962–63 Grambling State Fred Hobdy
      1963–64 Grambling State
      Jackson State
      Fred Hobdy
      Harrison Wilson
      1964–65 Southern Richard Mack
      1965–66 Alcorn State
      Grambling State
      E. E. Simmons
      Fred Hobby
      1966–1967 Alcorn State
      Arkansas-Pine Bluff
      Grambling State
      E. E. Simmons
      Hubert Clemens
      Fred Hobby
      1967–68 Alcorn State
      Jackson State
      Bob Hopkins
      Paul Covington
      1968–69 Alcorn State Bob Hopkins
      1969–70 Jackson State Paul Covington
      1970–71 Grambling State Fred Hobdy
      1971–72 Grambling State Fred Hobdy
      1972–73 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1973–74 Jackson State Paul Covington
      1974–75 Jackson State Paul Covington
      1975–76 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1976–77 Texas Southern Robert Moreland
      1977–78 Southern Carl Stewart Jackson State Paul Covington
      1978–79 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1979–80 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1980–81 Alcorn State
      Southern
      Davey L. Whitney
      Carl Stewart
      Southern Carl Stewart
      1981–1982 Alcorn State
      Jackson State
      Davey L. Whitney
      Paul Covington
      Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1982–83 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1983–84 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1984–85 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Southern Bob Hopkins
      1985–86 Alcorn State
      Southern
      Davey L. Whitney
      Bob Hopkins
      Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling
      1986–87 Grambling State Bob Hopkins Southern Ben Jobe
      1987–88 Southern Ben Jobe Southern Ben Jobe
      1988–89 Grambling State
      Southern
      Texas Southern
      Bob Hopkins
      Ben Jobe
      Robert Moreland
      Southern Ben Jobe
      1989–90 Southern Ben Jobe Texas Southern Robert Moreland
      1990–91 Jackson State Andy Stoglin Jackson State Andy Stoglin
      1991–92 Texas Southern
      Mississippi Valley State
      Robert Moreland
      Lafayette Stribling
      Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling
      1992–93 Jackson State Andy Stoglin Southern Ben Jobe
      1993–94 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Texas Southern Robert Moreland
      1994–95 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Texas Southern Robert Moreland
      1995–96 Jackson State
      Mississippi Valley State
      Andy Stoglin
      Lafayette Stribling
      Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling
      1996–97 Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling Jackson State Andy Stoglin
      1997–98 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Prairie View A&M Elwood Plummer
      1998–99 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      1999–00 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Jackson State Andy Stoglin
      2000–01 Alabama State Rob Spivery Alabama State Rob Spivery
      2001–02 Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney Alcorn State Davey L. Whitney
      2002–03 Prairie View A&M Jerome Francis Texas Southern Ronnie Courtney
      2003–04 Alabama State Rob Spivery Alabama State Rob Spivery
      2004–05 Alabama A&M L. Vann Pettaway Alabama A&M L. Vann Pettaway
      2005–06 Southern Rob Spivery Southern Rob Spivery
      2006–07 Mississippi Valley State James Green Jackson State Tevester Anderson
      2007–08 Alabama State Lewis Jackson Mississippi Valley State James Green
      2008–09 Alabama State Lewis Jackson Alabama State Lewis Jackson
      2009–10 Arkansas–Pine Bluff George Ivory Arkansas–Pine Bluff George Ivory
      2010–11 Texas Southern Tony Harvey Alabama State Lewis Jackson
      2011–12 Mississippi Valley State Sean Woods Mississippi Valley State Sean Woods
      2012–13 Southern Roman Banks Southern Roman Banks
      2013–14 Southern Roman Banks Texas Southern Mike Davis
      2014–15 Texas Southern Mike Davis Texas Southern Mike Davis
      2015–16 Texas Southern Mike Davis Southern Roman Banks
      2016–17 Texas Southern Mike Davis Texas Southern Mike Davis
      2017–18 Grambling State Donte Jackson Texas Southern Mike Davis
      2018–19 Prairie View A&M Byron Smith Prairie View A&M Byron Smith
      2019–20 Prairie View A&M Byron Smith Canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic
      2020–21 Prairie View A&M Byron Smith Texas Southern Johnny Jones
      2021–22 Alcorn State Landon Bussie Texas Southern Johnny Jones

      Men's basketball tournament performance by school

      SchoolChampionshipsYears
      Texas Southern
      10
      1990, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022
      Southern
      9
      1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2006, 2013, 2016
      Alcorn State
      7
      1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1999, 2002
      Jackson State
      5
      1978, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2007
      Mississippi Valley State
      5
      1986, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012
      Alabama State
      4
      2001, 2004 2009, 2011
      Prairie View A&M
      2
      1998, 2019
      Alabama A&M
      1
      2005
      Arkansas–Pine Bluff
      1
      2010

      Women's basketball

      YearRegular seasonCoachTournamentCoach
      1981–1982 Jackson State Sadie Magee Jackson State Sadie Magee
      1982–1983 Jackson State Sadie Magee Jackson State Sadie Magee
      1983–1984 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Jackson State Sadie Magee
      1984–1985 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Jackson State Sadie Magee
      1985–1986 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
      1986–1987 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Mississippi Valley State Jessie Harris
      1987–1988 Mississippi Valley State Jessie Harris Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
      1988–1989 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Alabama State Ron Mitchell
      1989–1990 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Jackson State Andrew Pennington
      1990–1991 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
      1991–1992 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
      1992–1993 Alcorn State
      Southern
      Shirley Walker
      Herman Hartman
      Mississippi Valley State Jessie Harris
      1993–1994 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
      1994–1995 Alcorn State
      Grambling State
      Jackson State
      Shirley Walker
      Patricia Bibbs
      Andrew Pennington
      Jackson State Andrew Pennington
      1995–1996 Alcorn State
      Jackson State
      Shirley Walker
      Andrew Pennington
      Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
      1996–1997 Grambling State Patricia Bibbs Grambling State Patricia Bibbs
      1997–1998 Grambling State David Ponton Grambling State David Ponton
      1998–1999 Grambling State David Ponton Grambling State David Ponton
      1999–2000 Grambling State David Ponton Alcorn State Shirley Walker
      2000–2001 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
      2001–2002 Southern Sandy Pugh Southern Sandy Pugh
      2002–2003 Alabama State
      Jackson State
      Freda Freeman-Jackson
      Denise Taylor
      Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson
      2003–2004 Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson Southern Sandy Pugh
      2004–2005 Alcorn State Shirley Walker Alcorn State Shirley Walker
      2005–2006 Jackson State
      Southern
      Denise Taylor
      Sandy Pugh
      Southern Sandy Pugh
      2006–2007 Prairie View A&M
      Jackson State
      Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
      Denise Taylor
      Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
      2007–2008 Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Jackson State Denise Taylor
      2008–2009 Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Prairie View A&M Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
      2009–2010 Southern Sandy Pugh Southern Sandy Pugh
      2010–2011 Southern Sandy Pugh Prairie View A&M Toyelle Wilson
      2011-2012 Mississippi Valley State Nate Kilbert Prairie View A&M Toyelle Wilson
      2012-2013 Texas Southern Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Prairie View A&M Toyelle Wilson
      2013-2014 Southern Sandy Pugh Prairie View A&M Dawn Brown
      2014-2015 Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson
      2015-2016 Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson Alabama State Freda Freeman-Jackson
      2016-2017 Texas Southern Johnetta Hayes-Perry Texas Southern Johnetta Hayes-Perry
      2017-2018 Southern Sandy Pugh Grambling State Freddie Murray
      2018-2019 Southern Carlos Funchess Southern Carlos Funchess
      2019-2020 Southern Carlos Funchess Southern Carlos Funchess
      2020-2021 Jackson State Tomekia Reed Jackson State Tomekia Reed
      2021-2022 Jackson State Tomekia Reed Jackson State Tomekia Reed

      Baseball

      This is a list of the last ten SWAC baseball champions; for the full history, see the list of Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball champions. In recent decades, the conference tournament has determined the overall champions; for specifics concerning the tournament in particular, see the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.

      YearProgram
      2012 Prairie View
      2013 Jackson State
      2014 Jackson State
      2015 Texas Southern
      2016 Alabama State
      2017 Texas Southern
      2018 Texas Southern
      2019 Southern
      2021 Southern
      2022 Alabama State

      SWAC marching bands

      Marching bands have a rich tradition being a centerpiece of pride and school spirit for each institution in the conference. Furthermore, the competitiveness, prestige, pageantry, and showmanship of SWAC marching bands significantly add to the unique identity and culture of the conference.

      SchoolBandDance Auxiliary
      Alabama A&MMarching Maroon and WhiteDancin' Divas
      Alabama State Mighty Marching Hornets Sensational Stingettes
      Alcorn StateSounds of DynomiteGolden Girls
      Arkansas-Pine BluffMarching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4)Golden Girls
      Bethune-CookmanMarching Wildcats14 Karat Gold Dancers
      Florida A&M Marching 100 -----
      Grambling State GSU Tiger Marching Band Orchesis Dance Company
      Jackson State Sonic Boom of the South Prancing J-Settes
      Mississippi Valley StateMean Green Marching MachineSatin Dolls
      Prairie View A&MMarching StormBlack Foxes
      Southern Human Jukebox Fabulous Dancing Dolls
      Texas Southern Ocean of Soul Motion of the Ocean

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