NCAA Approves Daemen Advancement in Division II Membership Process

Announcement Affirms Daemen Commitment to NCAA Membership

July 12, 2013



Contacts: Mike Miranto

                 Athletics Communications Director

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                 Mike Andrei

                 Director of College Relations

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           The NCAA Division II membership committee informed Daemen College today that the committee has approved the College for advancement to Candidacy Year Two of the NCAA Division II membership process. Daemen is seeking to become the first and only NCAA Division II institution in the Greater Buffalo Region.


           “This is a great honor for Daemen College and an indication that we are rapidly rising to new levels of excellence,” said College President Dr. Gary A. Olson.


           “We look forward to achieving full membership and competing nationally in Division II.”


           Since gaining acceptance into the NCAA Division II membership process 12 months ago, the College has progressed through Candidacy Year One with the entire Athletic Department staff working tirelessly to adhere to the requirements of the transition.  The College submitted a 1,100-page document to the membership committee for review in late spring, which included the mandatory Institutional Self Study Guide (ISSG) and the Annual Report.


           The ISSG is a document that provides an in-depth look at the College’s internal process to making the necessary steps in becoming an active Division II member.


           “We are excited to be advanced by the NCAA into Candidacy Year Two,” said Director of Athletics William Morris. 


           “Today’s news affirms the commitment and efforts of everyone here at Daemen College. The past year has been extremely busy, and I am deeply appreciative for the hard work and dedication by all the people and departments throughout our campus that had a hand in making this happen.  Our goal this coming year is to function in every way possible as an NCAA Division II institution as we continue to navigate through this process.”


           Daemen has already been accepted as members of the East Coast Conference (ECC) and the College’s teams will play full regular season conference schedules beginning this fall.  The College will also maintain its affiliation with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) for postseason opportunities as it will not be eligible for ECC or NCAA postseason during Candidacy Year Two.


           "It's a milestone step for Daemen Athletics to move to Candidacy Year Two and to begin participation in the ECC,” Morris continued. 


           “Our participation in the ECC is one of the most exciting aspects of our move to the NCAA. The ECC is an extremely competitive conference within NCAA Division II, so we will have our work cut out for us. With that said, I know that our coaches and student-athletes are looking forward to the challenge."


           Next summer, the NCAA Division II membership committee will vote as to whether Daemen will progress to provisional status in 2014-15.  Assuming all expectations are met as provisional members, the College will become a full member of the NCAA in 2015-16.


           Daemen currently offers 14 intercollegiate sports.  These include men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis, women’s volleyball and men’s golf.


           Founded in 1910, the NCAA is the governing body for more than 1,200 schools with more than 400,000 student-athletes. In 1973, the membership divided into three divisions. At present, there are nearly 300 Division II members nationwide, including 10 independents.


Daemen's NCAA Division ll Membership Progression


• May, 2012 – Application for NCAA membership submitted

• July 13, 2012 – NCAA approves application and Candidacy Year One status

• July 12, 2013 – NCAA approves Candidacy Year Two status


Tentative future time line


• July, 2014 – Review for Provisional Year

• July, 2015 – Review for active NCAA Division II membership


• 2015-2016 – Daemen College is active NCAA Division II institution and eligible for all

                        postseason competition


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