Daemen Announces Addition of Intercollegiate Teams
Daemen will Field Teams in Men’s, Women’s Tennis While Expanding Current Track and Field Program
May 10, 2012
Contact: Mike Miranto
Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Athletics Communications Director
AMHERST, NY – Daemen College Athletics Director William Morris announced today that the College has approved the addition of four intercollegiate athletics teams to begin competition in the 2012-2013 academic year, further highlighting the College’s commitment to expand the Athletics Department in hopes of achieving membership within the ranks of NCAA Division II. Daemen will now field teams in men’s and women’s tennis while expanding the current track and field program, added in 2011, to include indoor competitions. These additions bring the total number of intercollegiate teams sponsored by Daemen to 14 – a far cry from the days when men’s and women’s basketball were the only teams on campus; Daemen has now added 12 intercollegiate athletics teams in the past 14 years.
“We are very pleased to make the announcement about the establishment of Daemen Tennis and Daemen Indoor Track and Field today,” Morris said. “The addition of these programs highlights our efforts to strengthen our department, in order to provide the best competitive experience for Daemen student-athletes. This is a very exciting time for the athletic department and our student-athletes."
Additionally, the College has reached an agreement with Miller Tennis to provide a practice and competition site for both the men’s and women’s teams. Other practices and competitions will be held at the Amherst Central School District courts, further strengthening the public-private relationship between Daemen and the School District which already provides the home venue of Daemen men’s and women’s soccer practices and games.
A search is already underway to find the most qualified candidate to lead the new Daemen tennis program.
As evidenced by this announcement, Daemen College remains committed to its’ NCAA Division II endeavor. The College has taken steps this year to leave its’ current national governing body, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will submit its’ NCAA Division II application for review before the June 1 deadline. Should Daemen be among the schools accepted this year, the Wildcats will begin a transition period before becoming full NCAA D-II members in at least three years.
The East Coast Conference Council of Presidents has agreed that they are in support of Daemen. College's application for membership to NCAA Division II and if Daemen is selected for membership this summer (notification in mid July), that the conference will offer the institution membership in the ECC.