NASHVILLE, Tenn. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that Trevecca Nazarene University has been approved for the Division-II membership process. The association notified Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca president, in a phone call Monday morning.David Boclair - City Paper
President Boone expressed his excitement about this new opportunity for Trevecca athletics and added his appreciation for those persons who have worked so diligently in Trevecca's application process: "This is a pivotal moment in the development of Trevecca's athletic program. I am grateful to Dr. Brenda Patterson, Dr. Steve Harris, and their team for their outstanding work during the application process. I also want to thank Coach C.M. Newton for his encouragement and friendship throughout the process. Acceptance into candidacy will allow Trevecca the opportunity to become the leading NCAA DII school in Nashville. This is a very good day for our university."
The Trojans will remain active members within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) for the upcoming 2011-12 season while beginning the possible three-year transition. TNU has been part of the NAIA since 1968.
Steve Harris, associate director of Student Development, expressed his pleasure at this news and thanked others who had been instrumental in the application work: "It was exciting to hear that all of our hard work during the past two years has paid off with the acceptance our application for NCAA Division-II membership. I would like to thank Dr. Patterson, Joyce Snodgrass, Heather Bryant, and David Patrick for all of their help. We believe the NCAA Division II is an excellent fit for Trevecca. It is my hope that Trevecca will become the top choice for students who want to compete in the NCAA but, for whatever reason, do not have the opportunity to participate at the Division-I level. It is nice to receive the confirmation that the NCAA Division-II Membership Committee also believes Trevecca will be an excellent fit. I am excited about the future of our athletic program."
TNU, which has 11 intercollegiate sports (five men and six women), will enter what is called Candidacy Year one with the NCAA followed by Candidacy Year two. Traditionally, Year three is known as a provisional year.
C.M. Newton, who consulted Trevecca on its athletic department self study, celebrates with Trevecca: "It is a "home run" for Trevecca to be selected for Division-II membership. Dan Boone and his staff did an outstanding job of presenting Trevecca to the NCAA Committee, and I am happy for them and Trevecca."
Currently Tennessee has seven NCAA Division-II schools, Alabama has seven, and Kentucky has four members.
TNU is also pursuing conference affiliation. Currently three NCAA Division-II conferences could feasibly host the Trevecca athletic programs-the Peach Belt Conference, Gulf South Conference, and the South Atlantic Conference.
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. Currently there are 291 Division-II members, including 10 independents.