By: Sam Knehans, Assistant Commissioner
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) announced Wednesday that is has partnered with the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department and the Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The two-year agreement will bring the SSAC Softball Championship to the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala., through the 2017-18 academic year.
The SSAC, a 12-school National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference, sponsors 17 neutral-site conference championship events—including the 10-team double-elimination SSAC Softball Championship.
"We are excited to partner with the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department and the Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring the 2017 and 2018 SSAC Softball Championships to The River City," said Mike Hall, SSAC Commissioner. "The City of Decatur has a long-tenured history with NAIA softball and we are confident in its ability to provide a first-class championship experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans."
The City of Decatur and the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex have hosted 13-of-36 all-time NAIA Softball National Championships—including an 11-year stint from 2000-2010 that featured a banner year for current SSAC member Mobile (Ala.), which claimed the national title in 2006.
"We are honored that the Southern States Athletic Conference is bringing the 2017 and 2018 SSAC Softball Championships to the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur," said Melinda Dunn, Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO. "The City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department and the Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau have worked hard to develop a reputation for providing winning facilities, personnel and service. We are excited to work together to provide a championship experience for our tournament organizers, teams and fans and look forward to a strong partnership with the SSAC."
Called "A Grand City on a Charming Scale," the City of Decatur is nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River just a short drive from the southern metropolises of Birmingham, Huntsville and Nashville. The city, known for its rich history that dates back to 1823, has developed a reputation as a hub for regional and national sporting events—most recently hosting the 2016 USA Archery Outdoor Nationals in July.
The SSAC is a NAIA conference, founded in 1999, with 12 member institutions across Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Montgomery, Ala.-based conference sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, culminating in 17 conference championship events held annually throughout the Southeastern region of the United States.