SAN ANTONIO – St. Mary’s University announced its athletics program is moving into a new conference beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
The Rattlers will join the Lone Star Conference and become part of the largest conference in NCAA Division II.
“In the Lone Star Conference, our student-athletes will face new challenges and seek greater achievements on the courts and fields, all while maintaining the level of academic excellence, sportsmanship and citizenship we’ve always strove to achieve,” said Thomas Mengler, St. Mary’s University president.
The Rattlers have competed and won 51 conference championships in the Heartland Conference since the league’s inception in 1999.
The LSC is based out of the southwestern United States and will grow to 19 member institutions after expansion.
Its membership will include 13 Texas-based schools, three in Oklahoma, two in New Mexico and one in Arkansas.
St. Mary’s will remain part of the Heartland Conference through the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year.