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About Texas Lutheran 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 full 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.)

The list of TLU Athletics accomplishments includes:

12 National Championships overall in our history*

(including the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship in Softball)


57 NCAA DIII Top 10 Finishes

(counting individuals and teams, and including 2019 national runner-up in the outdoor shot put, Garrett Garza, the 2018 national runner-up baseball team, and the 2018 national runner-up men’s outdoor 4x100 relay team)


87 NCAA Division III National Championship Appearances

(including 2019 playoff showings by women’s basketball, men’s basketball, baseball, softball, women’s track & field, men’s track & field, and men’s golf individual Colin Uecker)


74 Conference Championships

(5 more titles won in 2019)


40 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

(including 2019 Softball Academic All-American Kelly Jurden)


265 Playing All-Americans

(including Darren Jones and Garrett Garza, who each picked up a pair of All-America awards in indoor/outdoor track & field in 2019)


2 NCAA Elite 90 Awards

(Riley Schaefer in 2018 and DeAnna Hernandez in 2019 were given these awards as the most outstanding student-athletes at the DIII Baseball and Softball World Series, respectively.)


* TLU All-Time National Champions:

2019 Softball - NCAA DIII

2017 Men's Indoor Track & Field - Marquis Brown, 400 meters

2010 Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Briana Aiken, long jump

2008 Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 4x100 relay

2007 Women's Indoor Track & Field - 4x400 relay

1999 Women's Golf - Elizabeth Hoffman, NAIA

1991 Men's Golf - Cameron Beckman, NAIA

1976 Women's Volleyball - AIAW-II

1975 Women's Volleyball - AIAW-II

1975 Football - NAIA-II

1974 Football - NAIA-II

1967 Men's Golf - John Bohmann, NAIA

In addition:

  • Women's Track & Field has sent 81 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 2,163 Academic All-Conference Awards since 2002.
  • Six Olympians (including gold medalist Eun Chul Lee in rifle shooting and silver medalist Laurie Flachmeier Corbelli in women's volleyball) 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.


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)
Cross Country
Indoor Track and Field
Outdoor Track and Field

Men's Sports (9)
Cross Country
Indoor Track and Field
Outdoor Track and Field