U.Va.-Wise Approved to Begin NCAA Membership Process

July 13, 2012 — The University of Virginia's College at Wise has been approved for the first step of a three-year process for membership in the NCAA Division II.

Officials at U.Va.-Wise learned Friday that the school has been granted into candidacy year one membership of NCAA Division II.

"The entire U.Va.-Wise community is pleased that the NCAA Division II membership committee has accepted us into candidacy year one," Athletic Director Danny Sterling said. "This is a testament to the hard work and vision of many people all across campus and in the community, without whom none of this would be possible. It truly is a campus-wide initiative that requires the help and support of every member of the college community."

The three-year process allows U.Va.-Wise to implement NCAA Division II policies while continuing to be a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which includes eligibility for postseason play in the association. During the process, the college will file reports with the NCAA and will host NCAA officials on campus visits to review the college\'s progress.

At the completion of the process, the NCAA will make a ruling on whether the institution is granted full NCAA Division II membership. NCAA approval would allow U.Va.-Wise to become a full NCAA Division II member beginning in the fall of 2015.

Sterling recognized Sim Ewing, vice chancellor for finance and administration; Kendall Rainey, head volleyball coach; Tom Nyman, associate athletic director for compliance; and faculty member Tom Costa. "They are truly the reason we were able to put together a successful application," he said.