Salem left the WVIAC a few years ago. Ever since, the Tigers have been an independent team, without a conference.
That will change soon. Salem couldn't be happier.
"It's been tough being an independent but we're really looking forward to getting in to the new conference next year from a travel aspect," commented Salem Men's Basketball Head Coach Randy Unger. "Our first eight games last year were on the road. Seven out of our first eight this year have been on the road. So, getting in a conference, getting some home games, gives us a chance to be much more competitive. I think that we're getting there. We're not there yet but it's a process and we're trying to get there."
The banners on the wall at Salem's gym prove that there is a rich men's basketball history. Coach Unger is trying to continue that with the Tigers. A move to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference will be a big help.
"Very happy, very happy and it helps recruiting wise," said Coach Unger about the move to a new conference. "Helps us get our name out there even more. Our administration has really done a good job of getting us back into a situation for us to be competitive."
The GMAC will make Salem's travel schedule easier because the Tigers will be in the same conference as local schools like Alderson-Broaddus and Davis & Elkins.
"Very exciting and playing against some of the former teams that were in the WVIAC, it's really going to help us get our name out there and also recruiting wise," said Coach Unger. "Instead of traveling 15 or 16 hours you can get there and back in an hour each way. That's a big advantage for us."