Holy Names University Joins PacWest Conference

Media contact:
Lesley Sims, Holy Names University, 510-436-1405 or sims@hnu.edu

OAKLAND, California; June 1, 2011 – Holy Names University (HNU) has been accepted into the Pacific West Conference. Contingent on their acceptance into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), this is the first step in the application process for admission into the NCAA Division II.

In a shared announcement with the PacWest Conference, HNU joins Azusa Pacific University, Fresno Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University as newly-admitted universities as of June 1. Dr. William J. Hynes, President of Holy Names University, formally accepted the invitation on behalf of HNU.

Dr. Hynes said, “This is part of our overall strategy to provide our student athletes with increasing levels of academic and athletic rigor. Our final year of participation in the Cal Pac will be bittersweet. We owe a great deal to Cal Pac and their participating schools yet have a great sense of anticipation about joining the PacWest Conference and the NCAA – and the outstanding opportunities that this higher level of competition will provide for our students, staff and the University. Nonetheless, joining the PacWest will provide greater visibility, fiercer competition, greater breath of programs, and higher academic stands for our student athletes. ” Dennis Jones, Director of Athletics, added, “Participation in the PacWest will benefit our student athletes by enhancing the level of competition and allowing for new and renewed rivalries. This is an exciting opportunity for the University and HNU Athletics.”

The Commissioner of the Pacific West Conference Bob Hogue stated, “The addition of these four outstanding schools will greatly enhance the strength and image of our fast-rising conference. Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific, Holy Names and Point Loma Nazarene all have tremendous traditions in athletics, and all are every bit as successful academically. We are incredibly proud to invite these fantastic institutions into the PacWest – and we believe that their acceptance into NCAA Division II membership will soon position us as one of the premier NCAA Division II conferences in the nation.”

HNU Athletics will begin PacWest play in fall, 2012 and will be eligible for conference championships and awards at that time. HNU will compete against PacWest members: California Baptist University (Riverside, CA), Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA), Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA), Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA), Brigham Young University Hawaii (Laie, HI), The University of Hawai‘i (Hilo, HI), Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu, HI), Hawai‘i Pacific University (Honolulu, HI), Dixie State College of Utah (St. George, UT), the Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ), Azusa Pacific (Azusa, CA), Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, CA) and Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA).

Holy Names currently sponsors ten sports and has announced the addition of women’s tennis and baseball, both will begin in the 2012-2013 season. The PacWest currently has 11 official sports – and soon will grow by two more. Men’s tennis and women’s golf will be added to the spring roster as official conference sports in 2012-13. Beginning with the 2012-13 campaign, the PacWest will grow to 14 institutions in seven major metropolitan areas.

HNU joined the NAIA in 1994 and was a founding member of what is now the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac). Since becoming a member of the Cal Pac, HNU Athletics has earned 53 Academic All-Americans, seven California Pacific Conference All-Sports Awards and 50 conference championships. Jones reflected on the success of HNU’s athletic teams during its membership in the NAIA, “We have had an incredible record of success in the Cal Pac. It is really remarkable that we have been able to sustain the level of success of our teams. We have built a solid program here at HNU and are poised to achieve a successful move into the Pacific West Conference.”

HNU is located on sixty acres in the Oakland Hills at Highway 13 and Redwood Road. Founded in 1868, HNU is a co-educational institution offering more than 25 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and various certificates and credentials.

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