Southwestern Assemblies of God University has won its share of recognition since joining the Red River Athletic Conference.

Conference coaches voted to honor the SAGU women’s teams the 2012-2013 Sportsmanship Award. 

It is based on the demeanor and conduct of coaches, players and administration during this past academic year.

The University of St. Thomas (Houston) was the choice for men’s teams as well as the overall Sportsmanship Award.

“This award is indicative of the tremendous young ladies that comprise the female teams at SAGU,” SAGU athletic director Jesse Godding said. “It is also a true reflection of the coaches that lead those teams. Arlon Beadles, Mandy Fortner, Hank Moore and Tim Grant are individuals who have created an atmosphere on their teams of excellence in sportsmanship.” 

Of the trophies and awards received by its athletic teams, the accolades for sportsmanship are among the most cherished.

 “Receiving this award from the RRAC institutions is a testament to our coaches and student-athletes’ commitment to the concept of sportsmanship,” Godding said. “The fact that female student-athletes at SAGU have bought into that model of sportsmanship to the point that other competition recognizes those efforts is rewarding.”

There are 15 member institutions in RRAC; 11 colleges from Texas, two from Oklahoma, and one apiece from New Mexico and Louisiana.  

SAGU had seven teams in the Red River, which offers up to 13 options for athletics. Men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball comprise all but one of the Lions eight teams. 

Football, like the others, is under the umbrella of both the NAIA and the NCCAA. Unlike the seven who compete in the RRAC, the Central States Football League includes SAGU.