Jacksonville Daily Progress
NJCAA Region 14 championship basketball will be returning to its old stomping grounds at the University of Texas-Tyler this spring.
The final decision to return the events, which determine at least two of the league's representatives at the NJCAA national tournaments, to Tyler was made during the Region 14 Presidents and Director of Athletics Meetings, which took place Sunday and Monday in Galveston.
The tournaments have enjoyed a long run at the Herrington-Patriot Center in recent years, aside from 2012 when the event was successfully staged at Tyler Junior College's Wagstaff Fieldhouse, due to a scheduling conflict at UT-Tyler.
The 2014 tourneys will begin on March 4, 2014 and will end four days later when the circuit crowns its respective mens and womens champions.
As expected, the decision to head back to UT-Tyler was received in a positive manner by local and area Region 14 athletic directors.
“I have always felt like playing the tournaments in Tyler gives us a much better chance to draw the greatest number of fans, as opposed to playing in venues down South,” Lynn Nabi, Jacksonville College athletic director and dean of students said.
Dr. Tim Drian, Tyler Junior College athletic director, shared these thoughts on the tournaments being held at UT-Tyler next year.
“I love the fact that the tournaments will be returning to UT-Tyler,” Drain said. “I think it makes perfect logistical and economic sense and (UT-Tyler assistant athletic director) Peyton (Low) and his staff at UT-Tyler have always done a real good job and we appreciate that.”
The presidents and athletic directors also approved a bidding process for the 2015 and 2016 tournaments, according to Drain.
Deadline for submitting bids on the 2015 tourney is Dec. 1 of this year.