Holy Names University has completed another step on its path to becoming a full member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. On Friday, July 12, Dennis Jones, Director of Athletics, was informed by the NCAA that the University will advance from Year One Candidacy to Year Two Candidacy for NCAA Division II membership. Becoming a full member is at least a three year process.
“We are pleased to be advanced by the NCAA into Candidacy Year Two,” said Holy Names University President William Hynes. “The NCAA membership process has had a positive impact on the entire University. Today’s news affirms the commitment and efforts of everyone here at HNU. We are deeply committed to the NCAA Division II’s belief in the scholar athlete – someone who is a champion both in the classroom and on the field of play.
Holy Names University was approved for initial membership in Division II of the NCAA in July 2012. Formally a member of the NAIA and a founding member of the California Pacific conference, HNU Athletics—the Hawks—now competes in the Pacific West Conference, the largest NCAA II conference in the western United States. HNU Athletics will continue to work to enhance its mission and vision, placing it well on its way to full membership in Division II of the NCAA by fall 2015.
“Thank you to the HNU community and everyone who assisted in the University’s advancement in the membership process. Year one has been extremely eventful, and the notice of advancement is representative of a collective effort from many individuals and departments on our campus. Moving forward in the process is the culmination of what has been a landmark year for HNU, which began with our acceptance into “Candidacy membership” in the NCAA and our athletic teams competing in their inaugural season in the PacWest,” stated HNU’s Director of Athletics Dennis Jones.
HNU Athletics was established in 1994 and is an integral part of the University. For nearly two decades, the programs have impacted hundreds of students; realizing success through intercollegiate competition, academic pursuits, and an emphasis on the full development of one’s potential. HNU Athletics will field 14 intercollegiate athletic teams this upcoming year. Joining in their inaugural year (2013-2014) will be women’s golf and men’s tennis. Last season, HNU added women’s tennis and baseball where both teams competed with ten other athletic programs in the PacWest.