Trevecca Nazarene is one step closer to becoming a NCAA Division II member.
On Friday, the NCAA approved the Trojans for Year Two Candidacy status. Trevecca, formerly of the NAIA, expects to wrap up the three-year membership process in order to be a full-fledged Division II member by the 2014-15 academic year.
“This day is the realization of a great deal of work by several members of the Trevecca campus,” athletics director Mark Elliott said. “This day is a great one for everyone at Trevecca and for its athletic department. The work done by Steve Harris, Larry Knight, Jayme Crowley, and Kathy Baugher and all of our staff has been rewarded.”
The Trojans, who compete in 11 sports, will begin their first full Division II schedule this fall. Though they won’t be able to compete in NCAA Tournaments until attaining active membership, they will compete for regular-season and postseason championships in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Trevecca is a founding member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which will be an active Division II league by 2013-14 and features schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia.
For the second straight year, the Trojans will compete in national postseason tournaments sponsored by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
“Our membership in the Great Midwest is one of the exciting parts of our move to the NCAA," Elliott said. "The G-MAC conference play this year will give each of our teams real goals for the entire season. That addition combined with Trevecca’s relationship in the NCCAA means that our athletes will have the full collegiate athletic experience.”
Last month, Elliott and Trevecca announced plans to build a new 3,000-seat basketball arena — with an estimated cost of $15 to $20 million — along with renovations to the baseball and softball stadiums.