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General - Fri, Jul. 13, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University learned today that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved Trevecca for Year Two Candidacy status in the association's Division-ll membership process. Trevecca will now move into year two of the three-year Division-II membership process after successfully completing Year One Candidacy.

University associate provost and dean of student development Steve Harris and director of athletics Mark Elliott were notified in a scheduled conference call with the NCAA on Friday afternoon, July 13, at 1 p.m. The endorsement keeps the Trojans on the path to become full-fledged NCAA Division II members in 2014-15  

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"This day is the realization of a great deal of work by several members of the Trevecca campus," said Elliott. "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 membership process is a three-year one, and Trevecca, now one-third of the way through the progression, is on pace to gain active membership status by the 2014-15 academic year.

Trevecca, which has 11 intercollegiate sports (five men, six women), is a founding member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). Its athletic teams are set to begin their first full NCAA Division-II schedule this year, including play against fellow G-MAC member schools. Though TNU is not eligible to compete for NCAA national championships until it completes the membership process and gains active member status, Trojan teams will play a full G-MAC schedule in all sports and will count in regular season standings. Trevecca teams will be eligible to win G-MAC regular season championships and post-season tournaments.

The six founding G-MAC members are Trevecca, Urbana University, Ursuline College, Cedarville University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Central State University. Kentucky Wesleyan will not compete for G-MAC Championships this year because it will conclude its membership in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Georgetown College and the University of Virginia at Wise are in the process of joining the G-MAC for next year. Both schools applied for NCAA Division-ll membership in June and are awaiting word on their status.

"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."

The NCAA approved Trevecca's move from Year One Candidacy to Year Two Candidacy after reviewing the 1634-page annual report and institutional self-study guide submitted by the University and its Department of Athletics as part of the membership's annual review procedure.

In a yearlong process directed by associate provost and dean of student development Steve Harris alongside Trevecca athletic director Mark Elliott, compliance coordinator Larry Knight, and senior female administrator Jayme Crowley, Trevecca completed the 1634-page Annual Report, Institutional Self-Study Guide, Compliance Manual, Student-Athlete Handbook, and Athletics' Strategic Plan.   

Trevecca's NCAA Division ll Membership Progression
•    June, 2011 – Application for NCAA membership submitted.
•    July 11, 2011 – NCAA approves application and Candidacy Year One status.
•    July 13, 2012 – NCAA approves Candidacy Year Two status.
Tentative future time line
•    July, 2013 – Review for Provisional Year.
•    July, 2014 – Review for active NCAA Division II membership.

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.