7.12.13: Walsh Now A Full Member Of NCAA Division II
NORTH CANTON, Ohio - Walsh University received official notification from the NCAA today that the school is now an active member of Division II. The long-awaited information was received by Vice President and Director of Athletics Dale Howard and President Richard Jusseaume this morning.
The acceptance comes after a detailed three-year approval process.
"We were determined to reach our goal---NCAA II status,” echoed Jusseaume. “The journey was challenging. but VP for Athletics Dale Howard and his team were equal to the task. Now, we resume our quest for success in sports as we do in all our endeavors."
“We are thrilled to be accepted into full membership of the NCAA II beginning September 1st, 2013,” beamed Howard. “Many people have worked very hard to make this transition a reality. I want to particularly acknowledge and thank President Jusseaume and the Board of Directors for their vision and unwavering support of this initiative, Jackie Novak, Faculty Athletic Representative and Chair of the Compliance Committee for her leadership as well as the entire Compliance Committee for all of their efforts. Ellen Kutz, Director of Compliance and her staff played a significant role in helping to transform this area of the athletic department and they deserve a special note of thanks as well.”
“Finally, our coaching staff and the rest of the athletic department staff deserve thanks and recognition for their willingness to learn new systems and adapt to new rules, regulations and even levels of competition,” added Howard. “This four year process has been challenging, but it has moved us to be a better athletic program on every front. While the membership process now comes to a close, we all look forward to continuing to improve both on and off the field of play as we go about the important business of the NCAA II’s “Life in the Balance” platform. Namely educating, developing and supporting our student-athletes in all areas of their collegiate experience; mind, body and spirit.”
The NCAA closely monitored Walsh's progress ever since it approved the school's application a little more than three years ago on July 10, 2010. The details of the membership procedure were managed by Howard.
The provisional year in the NCAA membership process required Walsh to function like a Division II institution without the benefits of possible post-season competition. Key requirements that had to be met during the 2012-13 academic year included the following:
• The NCAA conducted a compliance audit of the athletics program in November, 2012.
• The University attended a meeting for provisional institutions at the NCAA Convention in January, 2013.
• Walsh needed to complete the Annual Report/Institutional Self Study Guide (ISSG) by June 1, 2013. The report needed to address any issues found as a part of the audit.
The Cavaliers compete in twenty varsity sports and is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), one of the strongest and largest NCAA division two conferences in the country. The Cavs are also a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for men’s lacrosse.
Walsh University NCAA membership process timeline:
July 12, 2010 - Application approved for Candidacy Year 1
July 11, 2011 - Approval granted for Candidacy Year 2
July 13, 2012 - Approval granted for Provisional Year
July 12, 2013 - Approval for full NCAA Division II membership
Walsh University is an independent, co-educational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its more than 3,000 students from 15 states and 24 countries to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.