Falcons Soar Into NCAA Ranks

Notre Dame College learned on Thursday, July 12, that it has been approved for full-fledged Division II status in the NCAA membership process.

The announcement officially completes a three-year process that began for the College in July of 2009 when the NCAA granted the institution provisional status. NDC athletics have progressed in each of the last three years to meet all of the necessary standards set forth by the NCAA to achieve full-fledged membership as a D-II institution.

On Thursday, Notre Dame President Dr. Andrew P. Roth and Director of Athletics Scott Swain received a phone call from the NCAA, the body that oversees 88 championships in 23 sports, issuing a positive recommendation that NDC join the ranks of D-II athletics. There are approximately 300 D-II schools nationwide.

“Becoming a member of the NCAA is a major milestone for Notre Dame College and our student-athletes,” said Dr. Roth, who has served as president of the College since 2003. “Many in the NDC community have contributed greatly toward the goal of becoming a full NCAA-II member, and today their efforts have been rewarded. As we transition to this new level of competition, we embrace the high standards of athleticism and competitive spirit that are NCAA hallmarks and complementary to our athletic philosophy that our student-athletes are students first, athletes second.”

Across its three divisions (D-I, II, III), the NCAA administers athletic programs for more than 400,000 student-athletes competing at over 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Central America.

“Notre Dame College has done an outstanding job throughout the membership process,” said Dan Calandro, NCAA associate director for academic and membership affairs. “The Division II community looks forward to the institution joining the NCAA family.”

Notre Dame joins the following Ohio institutions affiliated as NCAA Division II: Ashland University (Ashland), Central State University (Wilberforce), University of Findlay (Findlay), Lake Erie College (Painesville), Tiffin University (Tiffin), Ohio Dominican University (Columbus) and Urbana University (Urbana).

Most of Notre Dame’s 22 athletic programs will compete as independents in 2012-13. In football, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling and women’s lacrosse, the Falcons will compete as associate members in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), a league widely regarded as one of the top D-II conferences. Over the years, GLIAC teams have garnered 12 NCAA-II national championships and 60 individual national titles. In the last decade alone, GLIAC-member programs have won 159 regional and super-regional titles.  

“We are gratified by the NCAA’s decision and appreciative of their guidance throughout the process,” said Notre Dame Director of Athletics Scott Swain. “Above all, this move will greatly benefit student-athletes attending Notre Dame College: it will enhance their overall collegiate experience. This is another chapter in the success story of Notre Dame College Athletics.”


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