Texas A&M San Antonio will begin intercollegiate athletics in the fall of 2020, after the program's approval on Thursday by the A&M System Board of Regents, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Football is not on the agenda, at least not yet, but the Jaguars will field men's and women's soccer teams, as well as women's softball and men's golf squads.
A men's and women's basketball program is expected to stand up when the on campus recreation center opens in the summer of 2022.
“Today is a big step for Texas A&M-San Antonio,” said John Sharp, Chancellor for The Texas A&M University System. “An athletics program is integrally linked to a school’s branding and reputation. We hope this will help folks in San Antonio take note of what’s growing here in South San Antonio. Texas A&M-San Antonio is ready to compete.”
The Regents have also approved a student fee to help pay for the athletic program. The A&M San Antonio program will be Title IX compliant from day one, meaning there will be equal opportunities for participation by male and female students.
“We are pleased that the athletics program will result in additional opportunities for students to consider A&M-San Antonio, introducing another demographic of student-athletes and potential athletics scholarships,” said Brandy McLelland, vice president of enrollment management.
Texas A&M San Antonio is a fast growing campus which is marking its tenth anniversary of serving students from across the state at a campus on the city's south side, at Zarzamora south of Loop 410.
So far, no decision has been made on what conference the Jaguars will compete in.