WISE, Va. - Officials at UVa-Wise learned that the school had been accepted into candidacy year two of the three-year NCAA Division II membership process. Throughout the previous year, UVa-Wise implemented a comprehensive NCAA compliance program and increased its academic program. Additionally, the school finalized its conference affiliation into the Mountain East Conference and its NCAA Division II schedules.
According to Director of Athletics Danny Sterling, "The NCAA's decision to move forward into candidacy year two of the membership process is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the coaches, staff and student-athletes. The transition to NCAA Division II is a move made by the entire college. Without the support of the college administration, faculty, alumni and donors this transition would not be successful. I want to thank all the people involved in this process."
UVa-Wise will begin its first season in the newly formed Mountain East Conference this fall.