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Daemen Approved for Advancement in NCAA Membership Process
Daemen Approved for Advancement in NCAA Membership Process

The NCAA Division II membership committee has advanced Daemen College to Provisional Year status, President Gary A. Olson has reported. With the advancement to the Provisional Year of the membership process, Daemen is on track to being granted active member status next summer, becoming the first and only NCAA Division II institution in the Greater Buffalo Region.

“We are delighted to advance in the NCAA membership process,” Olson said. “This is a tribute not only to our excellent coaches and student-athletes but also to our hard-working athletics staff and administration.”

Benefits of progressing to the Provisional Year include use of the widely recognizable NCAA logo, as well as the College's right to officially brand itself as an NCAA Division II member.

Throughout the upcoming 2014-15 academic year, the College is required to function like a full-fledged Division II institution. This past year, the NCAA made a required site visit to ensure the College is on track to meeting the demands of being a successful NCAA member.

Daemen was one of seven schools nationally to be elevated to the Provisional Year, while eight schools were deemed active members bringing the number of NCAA Division II institutions to 300 nationwide.

The recent announcement officially lifts Daemen out of the period known as Candidacy Year Two, which the college was elevated to last July. Candidacy Year Two was a successful one for Daemen's Athletic Department, highlighted by officially joining and competing in the East Coast Conference (ECC) of NCAA Division II, while also making strides off the field of competition with administrative endeavors such as the Move To 2 fundraising campaign, the Wildcat Golf Classic and the Wildcat 100 initiative, all of which aim to provide direct monetary support to Daemen's growing intercollegiate athletic offerings.

Daemen currently offers 14 intercollegiate sports. Sports for both men and women are: basketball, soccer, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis; Daemen also offers women's volleyball and men's golf. All but men's golf compete in the ECC (the ECC does not sponsor men's golf as a team sport).

Founded in 1910, the NCAA is the governing body for more than 1,200 schools nationwide with more than 400,000 student-athletes. In 1973, the membership divided into three divisions. At present, there are nearly 300 Division II members, including 10 independents.

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