Daemen College has been accepted for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Daemen now becomes the first college in the Buffalo area to become affiliated with NCAA Division II. The Wildcats will immediately begin the three year transition to comply with all NCAA rules and regulations.
“This represents a great opportunity for Daemen College,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “We are excited about the prospect of competition at a new level — one that will improve our already successful athletic program, strengthen our institutional image, and exemplify our core values. I would like to thank the entire Daemen community for all their hard work on the NCAA application. This truly was a team effort. We are grateful for the support we have received from the East Coast Conference Commissioner, Bob Dranoff, and all its member institutions.”
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., chairman of the East Coast Conference (ECC) Presidents Council and president of New York Institute of Technology, announced that Daemen has been accepted as the 11th member of the ECC.
“We are pleased to welcome Daemen College into the ECC,” said Dr. Guiliano on behalf of the ECC Presidents Council. “The addition of Daemen upholds our conference’s strategic plan, which calls for the continued development of the ECC as a Division II Conference through membership growth, expanded sponsorship of championships, and support for our student-athletes.”
Starting in the fall 2012 season and culminating with the 2014-15 academic year, Daemen will work toward becoming “provisional members” of the NCAA and ECC. Following a successful first year of candidacy, the Wildcats will receive all ECC services and participate in ECC contests. They will become eligible for conference and NCAA championships when they become full Division II members, and fully join the ECC, in 2015–16.
To increase its teams chances of post-season play, Daemen will compete within the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) — formerly the National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) — for the next two years while complying with the requirements of Candidacy Years one and two of the NCAA. The USCAA boasts more than 80 members nationwide and provides National Championships in ten different sports. Since the 1980’s, Daemen had competed in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), but left the organization at the culmination of the 2011–12 academic year due to the College’s pursuit of NCAA Division II membership.
“We are all extremely excited that the NCAA Membership Committee has approved our application to begin the NCAA Division II membership process,” Daemen Athletics Director William Morris said. “I would like to thank Dr. Clausen, Dr. Richanne Mankey, and the entire Daemen community for their support with the application. This marks a new beginning for Daemen College Athletics; one that is exciting for the staff, coaches, student-athletes, and alumni.”
The ECC sponsors 13 sports and currently has nine members which include the University of Bridgeport (CT), the University of the District of Columbia, Dowling College (NY), Long Island University-Post (NY), Mercy College (NY), Molloy College (NY), New York Institute of Technology, Queens College (NY) and St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY). Additionally, Roberts Wesleyan College (NY) a school that has competed against Daemen in the NAIA and the American Mideast Conference for years, is scheduled to fully join the ECC in 2014–15, upon completing their own NCAA candidacy process.
Daemen currently has 14 intercollegiate athletic teams. These include basketball, soccer, cross-country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and tennis, as well as men’s golf and women’s volleyball.