The NCAA Selects Holy Names University for Candidacy Membership in Division II

OAKLAND, CA; July 18, 2012 – Holy Names University (HNU) was notified Friday morning by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that HNU was accepted for “Candidacy Membership” in the NCAA Division II for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Dennis Jones, HNU Director of Athletics, said, “Acceptance into the Division II (DII) process is the culmination of hard work by the entire HNU community.  We are proud of this accomplishment and look forward to the next steps and a long relationship with the PacWest and its members.”

With its successful application for membership, HNU will enter into a three-year transition period before earning full Division II membership status.  Holy Names has already gained membership in the Pacific West Conference (PacWest), the largest DII conference in the West Region.  PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue said, “It is incredibly exciting that we are now able to say that the PacWest is officially the largest NCAA Division II athletic conference in the West Region.  All of the hard work that our people and institutions have put into this effort has now come to fruition. This is a monumental moment in the history of the PacWest.”

During the upcoming 2012-13 campaign, the PacWest will feature 14 schools competing in 15 official conference sports. The PacWest currently includes: the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Hawai’i Pacific University, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Brigham Young University-Hawai’i, Grand Canyon University, California Baptist University, Dixie State College of Utah, Academy of Art University, Notre Dame De Namur University, and Dominican University of California. Holy Names is the fourth member from the Bay Area. Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific, and Point Loma Nazarene University joined the conference with HNU in 2011, making the PacWest the largest NCAA Division II conference in the West Region.

Holy Names submitted its application for membership in the NCAA Division II on June 1, 2012. The application included a strategic plan for the athletic department, academic and athletic achievement, community engagement activities, compliance initiatives, and a facilities video. HNU will compete in the PacWest during the 2012-2013 season and hopes to become eligible to compete for Division II Championships in 2015-2016. The Division II Membership Committee will determine on an annual basis if Holy Names moves forward in the candidacy process. Other schools selected at this time for “Candidacy Membership” by the NCAA Division II membership committee include: University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Daemon College, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, Lee University and Rogers State University.

President William J. Hynes said, “Holy Names sought NCAA II membership because we believe it provides student athletes with a superior experience, one that fits with our total educational experience for student athletes.  We are particularly pleased that our core values align with the NCAA Division II platform of ‘life in the balance’.  HNU is also delighted to now be competing with the thirteen other colleges and universities in the Pacific West Conference.”

Holy Names’ student athletes have achieved success both athletically and academically during the past academic year. Student athletes accumulated a total of 29 all-conference awards, six unaffiliated grouping All-Conference awards, 15 NAIA Academic All-Americans, three NAIA All-Americans, four individual NAIA national qualifiers, and three California Pacific Championships.  In addition, HNU student athletes have also engaged in community service activities, providing over 40,000 hours to Oakland and the surrounding communities.

The NCAA is the most recognized brand in college sports, administering 88 championships in 23 sports for its member institutions. Over 140,600 male and female student athletes compete in these championships each year. Division II accounts for 1,079 member institutions and serves over 93,700 student-athletes who compete in 25 national championships. Holy Names is proud to be working towards full membership in the NCAA.

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