NAIA League Breakdown: Sooner Athletic Conference


The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is an 11 team NAIA DI league that features teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.


2018-2019 Standings
 8 Wayland Baptist19-324-8
 15 John Brown15-723-11
 RV USAO14-822-11
 Langston13-921-10
 25 Oklahoma City13-922-11
 RV Mid-America Christian12-1021-13
 SAGU12-1019-12
 Panhandle State10-1216-14
 Texas Wesleyan9-1314-16
 Southwestern Christian9-1314-17
 Central Christian6-1612-17
 Bacone0-222-25

Another tough NAIA DI league with a lot of tradition. While Wayland Baptist ran away with the regular season title, Oklahoma City came away with the SAC tournament title. Five teams (Wayland Baptist, John Brown, USAO, Oklahoma City, MACU) all qualified for the NAIA DI National Tournament. USAO, MACU, and MACU all won first round games to qualify for the Sweet 16, while USAO made it to the NAIA National Quarterfinals before losing a close one to William Carey (MS) in overtime.


Top Players Returning
1st Team All-American and SAC Player of the Year
J.J. Culver Photo

J.J. Culver

 School Logo
  • School: Wayland Baptist
  • Class SR
  • Position G
  • Hometown Lubbock, Texas

3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-SAC
Dedrian Parmer Photo

Dedrian Parmer

  • School: USAO
  • Class SR
  • Position F
  • Hometown Oklahoma City, OK

HM All-American, 2nd Team All-SAC, SAC Freshman of the YR
Nykolas Mason Photo

Nykolos Mason

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  • School SAGU
  • Class SO
  • Position G
  • Hometown Frisco, TX

Key Players Lost
2nd Team All-American
Chris WilliamsOklahoma City
HM All-Americans
NAMEPOSSCHOOL
Jake CaudleGJohn Brown
Trevonta RobertsonGWayland Baptist
Chris WilliamsGOklahoma City
Breiman AlexanderGPanhandle State
Geno ArtisonFUSAO
Josh BowlingFJohn Brown
Jorori ColemanFLangston

New Coaches

Brandon Rollins takes over the Southwestern Christian men’s basketball program. Coach Rollins is no stranger to the Sooner Athletic Conference, as he was most recently the Associate Head Coach at MACU.


Mark Laird takes over at Panhandle State University. He is also no stranger to the Sooner Athletic Conference as he comes to OPSU from Southwestern Christian University. He has 14 years of experience across every level of college basketball.


Philip Stitt takes over at Langston University. With over 25 years of coaching experience, Coach Stitt comes to Langston from JUCO ranks where he was the head coach at Marion Military Institute in Alabama.


Stan Holt takes over at Oklahoma City University. Coach Holt comes over from Langston University where he led the Lions to a 107-50 record and 3 national tournament appearances in 5 years.

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