SFA Has a Set Standard of Success in the Southland Conference
Aug. 17, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The 2009-10 season was the most successful season in SFA athletics history as the Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks dominated the league to win the 2010 Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup. SFA was so dominant in both men's and women's athletics that they swept all three all-sports trophies (men's, women's and combined) becoming only the second league school to accomplish that since the creation of the award, and the first since the 1998-99 season.
SFA posted five conference titles during the 2009-10 season including a sweep of the women's indoor and outdoor track and field titles. The Lumberjack football team got the ball rolling in November when they recorded a 10-3 mark to win the program's first league title since 1999, and make their first playoff appearance since the 1995 season. The Ladyjack basketball team rallied to win their final seven games of the regular season to earn a share of the league crown, its 15th in school history. The SFA softball team followed with their first conference title in program history.
In fact, SFA has been the most dominant athletics program in the Southland Conference over the course of the past nine seasons. Dating back to the 2001-02 academic year, SFA has compiled 30 SLC crowns to every other league school. SFA's track and field and cross country programs have seen unparalleled success under head coach Phil Olson during this time. Olson's troops have recorded 15 league titles during that nine-year stretch. SFA has also recorded four titles in volleyball, three in soccer and women's basketball, two in men's basketball and one each in football and softball in the last nine years.
SFA has also had an impact on a national level as well. The cross country teams sent at least one athlete to the NCAA Championships from 2003-05, while the track and field team's have sent at least one athlete to either the NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championships every year since 2003, including 2009 weight throw All-American Frednisha Marshall. Along with the cross country and track and field teams, SFA has made two NCAA appearances in soccer and women's basketball, and one each in volleyball, men's basketball and football.
SFA enters the 2009-10 season looking to become the first school in SLC history to sweep all three all-sports trophies in consecutive years, but that is a tough task with a lot of variables involved. Should SFA win the SLC Commissioner's Cup this season, it would be the first school to repeat since the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.