William Jewell College has moved one step closer to Division II status in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
College officials were notified July 12 that Jewell has been approved to move to candidacy year two status as part of a three-year membership candidacy period. Under the membership timeline, Jewell would move to provisional year status in the 2011-2012 academic year after completing candidacy year two. Upon successful completion of the provisional year, the College would be invited to active membership in the NCAA Division II during the 2012-2013 academic year.
“We believe that this new affiliation is already enhancing William Jewell’s tradition of developing student-athletes who are both engaged in the classroom and competitive on the playing field,” said Dr. David Sallee, President of William Jewell. “We look forward to addressing membership requirements and progressing through the candidacy process.” Dr. Darlene Bailey, Director of Athletics and Chair of the Department of Physical Education at William Jewell, added: “This is great news for the College. I appreciate the efforts of each of our coaches, support staff and administrators, and the entire college community during this past year. We still have lots of work to do, but the progress we have made working together as a community is exciting. We feel that the end result will be a top quality experience for our student-athletes.”
In October of 2009, William Jewell was invited to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference of the NCAA’s Division II. During the current candidacy year two period, Jewell will maintain dual membership in the NAIA and NCAA while continuing to compete in the NAIA’s Heart of America Athletic Conference. The College will be eligible for NAIA post-season play while completing educational activities as part of the NCAA Division II membership process.
William Jewell will begin regular season competition and be eligible for select GLVC championships during the 2011-12 academic year. The College will be eligible for postseason competition in the majority of GLVC sports in 2012-2013.
Dr. Bailey said that William Jewell will continue to maintain its commitments to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Heart of America Athletic Conference during the remainder of the candidacy period of the NCAA membership process. “This is our last year with the NAIA, and we want to make it a good one,” Dr. Bailey said. “We have a long history with the organization, and we want to honor the tradition of athletic competition that so many of our student-athletes at Jewell have enjoyed.”
William Jewell was notified of its acceptance to begin candidacy year one by the NCAA Division II on July 10, 2009.
The Indianapolis, Ind.-based Great Lakes Valley Conference was established in 1978 and is one of the largest NCAA Division II conferences in the country. With the October 2008 addition of Maryville University in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Springfield, the GLVC includes 15 teams from five Midwestern states. Other members of the GLVC are: Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.), Drury University (Springfield, Mo.), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.), Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla, Mo.), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Ky.), Quincy University (Quincy, Ill.), Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.), Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Ind.), University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.), University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, Mo.), University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Ind.) and University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, Wis.).
William Jewell sponsors 18 sports, including all seven of the ‘core’ sports (men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball) currently sponsored by the GLVC. The Cardinals also sponsor men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf, each of which is also a sport sponsored by the Conference.
William Jewell also sponsors football and, with the addition of the Cardinals to GLVC membership, brings the number of football-playing institutions in the league to six. It is anticipated that football competition will begin in the GLVC in 2012. William Jewell was a charter member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference and has been competing in the NAIA conference since 1971. The Cardinals have captured 96 conference titles in the HAAC and were the first NAIA program to claim 500 football victories.
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