With the 2018-19 academic year drawing near, the Truett McConnell University Bears are ‘cautiously optimistic’ and are working tirelessly towards another successful campaign. The 2017-18 Bears campaign was one of the most successful in TMU history.

Men’s soccer won their first ever Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship while softball also won their first ever AAC Tournament Championship and was named Regular Season Champions. Both teams received national rankings for the first time in NAIA program history. Claiming the conference titles punched both teams’ ticket to the NAIA national tournament.

Three other teams also found success within the conference. Women’s soccer, men’s golf and men’s basketball all finished runner-up in their prospective tournaments following great runs by the teams. There were eight individuals who qualified for nationals in their prospective sports. Cross country and track & field both sent three while wrestling sent two.

As a whole, TMU athletes performed over 3,500 hours of community service while the average student-athlete grade-point average was a 3.0. The athletic program graduated 35 seniors, collected 51 AAC All-Academic team recipients, nine teams were recognized as NAIA Scholar-Teams, 21 individuals were named to the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team, two Bears received All-American honors and 47 other student-athletes received individual recognition and accolades by the conference (i.e. Player of the Year, All-Conference Team, Player of the Week) for their performances in the 2017-18 year.

Men’s and women’s soccer will start off the composite calendar with scrimmages at Georgia State University and Georgia Gwinnett College on Saturday, August 11. Volleyball will follow with the first home game of the year against Brewton-Parker College on Saturday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m.


Joan Suggs is the Sports Information Director for TMU Bears.

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