WISE, Va. - Officials at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise announced on Monday that the College has been accepted as a provisional member of the NCAA Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference. UVa-Wise will become the seventh member of the conference and begin competition in 2013-2014.
“Pursuing NCAA membership began under the vision of Chancellor Prior and everyone associated with athletics is dedicated to making that vision reality,” said UVa-Wise Director of Athletics Danny Sterling. “As many know, on March 23 the UVa-Wise board passed a resolution supporting our transition into NCAA Division II once a conference was identified. We have found that conference in the G-MAC. “
With acceptance into the G-MAC, UVa-Wise will apply for admittance into the NCAA Division II membership process in advance of the June 1 deadline for submission of applications. If accepted into the membership process, UVa-Wise will work to meet the requirements of candidacy with the hope of an invitation to active NCAA Division II status for the 2015-16 academic year.
“Our members feel UVa-Wise is poised to make a smooth transition to NCAA Division II if extended an invitation to enter the membership process,” said Tom Daeger, G-MAC Commissioner. “UVa-Wise has illustrated the leadership and drive to, not only meet the expectations of a NCAA Division II member, but to far exceed them and we will support them in their development through the membership process if the opportunity is awarded.”
If successfully admitted into NCAA Division II candidacy, the institution will become a Full Member of the G-MAC and will join the charter members of the Conference which includes Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio), Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), Urbana University (Urbana, Ohio), and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio) The G-MAC, headquartered in Indianapolis, will sponsor 12 championships in 2012-13 with intention to begin competition as an active NCAA Division II member conference in 2013-14.
“We have been very impressed with the leadership and vision of Tom Daeger and the members of the G-MAC. Everyone involved is looking forward to a building a long, successful and competitive relationship with the other members of our new conference,” said Sterling.
UVa-Wise currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the Mid-South Conference and sponsors 11 sports. UVa-Wise offers student-athletes the opportunity to compete in men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and softball. Women’s golf will become the 12th sport sponsored by the institution when the program begins play in the fall of 2012. The school has won eight conference or regional titles over the course of the past five seasons.