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UVa-Wise approved for NCAA membership process

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has been approved for the first step of a three-year process for membership in the NCAA Division II.

Officials at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise learned Friday that the school has been granted into candidacy year one membership of NCAA Division II. 

“The entire UVa-Wise community is pleased that the NCAA Division II membership committee has accepted us into candidacy year one,” said UVa-Wise Athletic Director Danny Sterling. “This is a testament to the hard work and vision of many people all across campus and in the community, without whom none of this would be possible.  It truly is a campus-wide initiative that requires the help and support of every member of the college community.”

The three-year process allows UVa-Wise to implement NCAA Division II policies while continuing to be a member of the NAIA, which includes eligibility for postseason play in the NAIA. During the process, the college will file reports with the NCAA and will host NCAA officials on campus visits to review the college’s progress. 

At the completion of the process, the NCAA will make a ruling on whether or not the institution is granted full NCAA Division II membership. NCAA approval would allow UVa-Wise to become a full NCAA Division II member beginning in the fall of 2015.

“Everyone should join me in thanking all those involved, especially Kendall Rainey, Tom Nyman, Tom Costa and Sim Ewing, as they are truly the reason we were able to put together a successful application,” said Sterling.