NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - To honor Belmont University Athletics' vast achievements over its 20 years as an NCAA Division I member institution, BelmontBruins.com continues its list of the Top 20 moments and accomplishments over the last two decades.
Today, we unveil moment No. 10 - Belmont University joins the Trans America Athletic Conference.
On Oct. 19, 2000, the presidents of each of the ten Trans America Athletic Conference institutions voted to accept Belmont University as its 11th member. The Bruins began a full conference schedule - with conference tournament and postseason eligibility - in the fall of 2001.
From 1996 until this date, Belmont competed as an NCAA Division I independent, laboring to find consistent scheduling and affiliate conference membership.
But with advocates such as then-TAAC commissioner Bill Bibb, Belmont found a home in a conference with history dating back to 1979.
The following year, the TAAC would rebrand itself as the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Belmont University would spend the next 11 years in the conference, accumulating 36 conference championships, 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine academic championships and 19 Academic All-Americans.
Of the 10 fellow TAAC institutions that welcomed Belmont in 2000, only Stetson and Jacksonville remain in the Atlantic Sun.