PLNU to Apply for NCAA DII Membership
SAN DIEGO – On November 19, the Point Loma Nazarene University Board of Trustees voted to proceed with application for membership to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in June 2011. The board’s recommendation was preceded by a report from the Athletic Advisory Committee, which studied the future of athletics at the university. PLNU currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
“With the many changes occurring in our current athletic affiliations, we believe making application to NCAA Division II will be a long-term benefit to our athletes and PLNU as we continue a strong tradition of intercollegiate competition,” stated University President Dr. Bob Brower.
PLNU will submit its application by the June 1, 2011 deadline and should know of the NCAA’s decision by mid-July. If accepted, the transition to full Division II membership will be three years. PLNU’s athletic program would remain in the NAIA as a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference through the first year of the transition process and over the next two years complete the additional NCAA requirements to become a full NCAA DII member in the 2014-15 academic year.
According to President Brower, “The timing of our application is good as it provides PLNU the opportunity to work with other NAIA universities in this transition process as we work with Division II and explore conference affiliations together.”
PLNU will join fellow GSAC institutions Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, and Fresno Pacific University in the application and transition process from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. CBU recently was accepted into the NCAA and both APU and FPU plan to apply in June 2011.
“We are excited to be taking the next step towards Division II application,” said Sea Lion Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton. “We believe the long term benefits of NCAA membership will enhance our already strong institutional profile.”