Jan. 20, 2012
Longwood expected to join Big
Longwood University has scheduled a press
conference for Monday where it is expected to announce it will
enter the Big South Conference.
Located in Farmville, Va., Longwood began its
move from Division II to Division I in 2003 and played its first
full Division I baseball schedule during the 2005 season. The
Lancers have competed as an independent since then.
Longwood would become the 12th member of the Big
South and give the conference four schools each in Virginia,
North Carolina and South Carolina. The current membership
includes Liberty, Radford and VMI in Virginia; Campbell,
Gardner-Webb, High Point and UNC Asheville in North Carolina;
and Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian and
Winthrop in South Carolina.
Longwood would be the final independent in
Division I baseball to find a conference home. Of the five
independents for the 2012 season, Nebraska-Omaha will join the
Summit League next year, while CSU Bakersfield, Dallas Baptist
and Seattle will compete in the WAC in 2013.
Head coach Buddy Bolding is in his 34th year as
head coach of the Lancers, with an overall record of 900-495-4
in 33 seasons at Longwood. On October 3, 2009, the University
dedicated the baseball facility as Charles Buddy Bolding
The Lancers were 28-18 a season ago, including
17-9 at home and 11-9 on the road. Longwood posted two wins over
James Madison and one over VCU in 2011.