In less than three weeks it will be Aug. 12. The significance of that date has varied meanings through history.†
But the calendar date means something special to nearly 200 athletes at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, who will be reporting for campus that day for two-a-days.
Preseason camp heats up for players and coaches of the football, volleyball, menís and womenís soccer and menís and womenís cross country teams from SAGU. The six teams arrive on campus to prepare for the start of the fall season.
Head football coach and athletic director Jesse Godding and his staff will open the locker room doors of the Claxton gym for team meetings and weight room workouts.†
The football Lions, 4-6 last fall, had a very productive spring and have reasons to believe this year could be their first winning season.
All five home games will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live. The team plays in one of the finest facilities in the state, the 9,500 seat Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.
SAGU competes in the Central States Football League, one of eight conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
All other teams are members of the 11-team Sooner Athletic Conference. Considered to be one of the most competitive conferences. SAC teams have won 84 national championships. In total, 45 athletes from the conference have been named NAIA National Player of the Year.
The Lady Lions volleyball team is riding a string of eight consecutive years of winning records. Coach Hank Mooreís club returns almost everyone from their 18-17 unit from 2012.
Fans can view seven of their 11 matches on SAGU Sports Live.
The menís soccer team went 7-11 in their initial campaign under Clem Oancea. A young club is expected back, powered by a group of underclassmen.†
The team scored 31 goals and allowed 48 in 2012, revealing the need to shore up the defense.
Head coach Mandy Fortner and the Lady Lions finished 5-3-1 in their final nine matches to post a best-yet 6-11-1 mark. The Lady Lions scored 28 and yielded 32 and bring back the core of a progressing team.
SAGU soccer will have three of their eight home dates aired by SAGU Sports Live.
The hottest teams on campus are the menís and womenís cross country teams.†
This will be their inaugural season in existence. Jason Covarrubias will serve as Head Coach for both squads, who will compete in four multi-team meets.