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UVa-Wise Now One Step Away from Full NCAA Division II Membership

by UVa-Wise Sports Information Management

UVa-Wise is now just one step away from becoming a full NCAA Division II member.

Chancellor Donna Henry and Director of Athletics Danny Sterling were informed in a phone call that the Cavaliers have been approved for their provisional year in the NCAA Division II membership process. The provisional year is the third year of a three-year transition process toward full NCAA Division II membership.

"At UVa-Wise, our pursuit of NCAA Division II status has afforded us the opportunity to improve our strategies in athletics," said Chancellor Henry. "Our student-athletes are successful on the field and in the classroom. I am proud of the UVa-Wise athletics department staff for their commitment to becoming a full NCAA Division II member and for making such a smooth transition throughout the process."

A successful provisional year would allow UVa-Wise to become a full NCAA member for the 2015-16 academic year. Per NCAA guidelines, the provisional year requires UVa-Wise to function like an NCAA Division II institution. While not previously mandated, the College has already been adhering to all NCAA rules and regulations, including recruiting and other compliance guidelines.

"The membership committee's decision to move us into the provisional year is a testament to all the hard work of the coaches, students, staff in the athletic department and the many people involved across campus," said Sterling. "We are truly grateful for the leadership and support of Chancellor Henry as well as the dedication and tireless work of Tom Nyman and Kendall Rainey through this transition."

The Cavaliers will begin their second season as members of the Mountain East Conference this fall. The school recently started a women's lacrosse team and the program will compete in the MEC this spring. In addition to women's lacrosse, the College fields teams in men's and women's basketball, football, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, volleyball and men's and women's tennis.

"The Mountain East Conference is thrilled to congratulate The University of Virginia's College at Wise for its advancement to the provisional year of the NCAA Division II candidacy process," said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos. "UVa-Wise has diligently tackled every expectation of the NCAA membership process and is making every effort to become a model Division II athletics department. UVa-Wise has a terrific combination of outstanding facilities and programs led by outstanding people, which has made it a terrific fit with the Mountain East. We look forward to continuing to support UVa-Wise as it takes the final steps toward becoming an active NCAA Division II member over the next 12 months."

UVa-Wise will kick off the athletic season on Sept. 4 when Union College visits the Prior Center in a 7 p.m. volleyball match.