Trevecca Nazarene isn’t a member of NCAA Division II yet.
But after receiving approval for the third and final year of candidacy, the university’s leaders are confident the Trojans will fit right in.
On Friday, the NCAA approved Trevecca for provisional membership. The Trojans have spent the last two years transitioning from NAIA. Trevecca hopes to receive full membership into NCAA Division II by the 2014-15 school year.
“Like advancing a runner toward home, Trevecca has hit another solid single and is rounding third base toward home as an NCAA Division II university,” Trevecca President Dan Boone said.
“Trevecca continues to be measured by the highest standards and has successfully met each one with excellence. I fully expect Trevecca to be in the top tier of Christian universities in NCAA D-II within the next few years. Having won the esteemed Presidents Cup of the G-MAC Conference this past year, Trevecca is well on the way.”
The NCAA monitored Trevecca’s progress over the last 12 months before clearing the school for the third and final year. For the upcoming school year, Trevecca and its 15 intercollegiate sports teams must operate as an active NCAA Division II member. University officials will learn next July if Trevecca will be granted membership into the NCAA.
The Trojans is a charter member of the Division II-affiliated Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which was founded last year. In the league’s inaugural year, Trevecca won four regular-season championships, five tournament titles and was awarded the first G-MAC Presidents Cup, which is given to the most successful program in the conference.
“We have consistently said that the transition to NCAA Division II is more than merely an athletic department decision. It is not just about wins and losses or about how well our teams perform,” athletic director Mark Elliott said.
“The membership committee specifically pointed out Trevecca’s areas of excellence: presidential involvement, institutional control of the athletic department, total university commitment to the development of a culture of compliance throughout, and the University's commitment to the well-being of its student-athletes.”